Can you smell it in the air? College basketball is just around the corner. In fact, the Big Ten preseason kicks off tonight as Illinois hosts McKendree at 8 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Digital Network. It will be the first chance to get a look at several of the conferences top newcomers, which is always exciting to see at this time of year.
Did you miss something while you stepped away from your computer? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including this incredible video on the making of the 2013-14 Michigan State men’s basketball poster.
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The release of the USA Today coaches poll is another indicator of how close we are to beginning basketball season. I was not shocked to see five Big Ten teams ranked in the new poll: 2. Michigan State, 9. Michigan, 10. Ohio State, 21. Wisconsin and 24. Indiana.
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Thirteen Big Ten basketball stars land on CBSSports.com’s recently released top 100 players of 2013-14. Michigan State’s Gary Harris leads the way, at No. 7, while Ohio State’s Aaron Craft comes in right behind Harris. That’s it for the Big Ten as far as the top 10 goes, however Michigan’s Mitch McGary is No. 11 to kick start the remaining 11 players.
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The guys at CBSSports.com com released their preseason Top 25 (And One) Monday, and one of the six experts, Doug Gottlieb, has Michigan State as his No. 1 team. Six Big Ten teams received top 25 votes, with Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin landing on every experts’ list.