Where are Big Ten teams in way-too-early 2017-18 top 25 polls?

Where are Big Ten teams in way-too-early 2017-18 top 25 polls?

The 2017 NCAA tournament champion was crowned Monday night. Congrats to North Carolina on claiming its sixth title.

With the season officially over, it’s time to surf the web for the way-too-early 2017-18 top 25 polls.

There’s a lot of them, and we’ve spotlighted seven below.

CBS
6. Michigan State
15. Minnesota
17. Northwestern
24. Purdue

ESPN
12. Michigan State
17. Minnesota
22. Michigan

Fox Sports
4. Michigan State
14. Minnesota
19. Northwestern
25. Maryland

SI
8. Michigan State
10. Minnesota
22. Northwestern
23. Michigan

Sporting News
5. Michigan State
13. Minnesota
25. Northwestern

USA Today
15. Indiana
16. Michigan State
17. Minnesota
25. Northwestern

Yahoo
11. Michigan State
20. Minnesota
21. Northwestern

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Biggest surprise: Purdue. The Boilermakers aren’t listed on just one of the way-too-early polls, this despite certainly returning seniors Isaac Haas, Dakota Mathias and P.J. Thompson, plus possibly a fourth senior in Vincent Edwards.

Most likely to enter poll: Iowa. The Hawkeyes won’t have star Peter Jok around next year, but their talented rising sophomore class is special enough to have them in the top 25 discussion.

Noteworthy omission: Wisconsin. For nearly two decades, no matter what they return, the Badgers have finished the season ranked. Wisconsin develops talent that almost always steps right in and carries on the program’s proud success. Clearly, this time around, the experts have plenty of questions about a team replacing four starters.

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