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Four Big Ten men’s basketball teams cracked the first AP Top 25 released today, with No. 2 Michigan State leading the pack. Michigan drew the No. 7 slot while Ohio State landed at No. 11 and Wisconsin debuted at No. 20.
Brace yourself, fans: There could be a lot of fouls called in games this season as players adjust to two new rules changes that figure to have a profound impact. Officials are supposed to whistle hand-checking a foul. No more: no harm, no foul. You touch a player cutting through the lane, and you’ll hear the shrill of a whistle. The goal: To boost sagging offensive numbers.
Minnesota’s Richard Pitino and Northwestern’s Chris Collins are the new kids on the Big Ten block. And, each has a big hill to climb to keep pace with the likes of Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin, among other programs.
Here are all 12 press conferences held by the Big Ten women’s basketball coaches at Big Ten Basketball Media Day.
Here are the podium press conference sessions from all 12 Big Ten men’s basketball coaches.
Michigan State is the pick to win the Big Ten. Why not? The Spartans teem with talent for a program that went 27-9 last season while advancing to the Sweet 16. There’s Keith Appling, Branden Dawson, Adreian Payne, Travis Trice and Denzel Valentine for a team ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation in some polls. But the hub of all this talent is Gary Harris. How good is the sophomore, who spurned the NBA to return to East Lansing? Listen to Tom Izzo.
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Last year, the Gophers started out strong but ended the season on a low note. Soon after Minnesota was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament, Athletic Director Norwood Teague made a change at the top, dismissing Tubby Smith after 6 seasons at the helm.