With Connecticut’s 53-41 victory over Butler on Monday night, the 2010-11 basketball season is officially complete. Much to my disgust, the Big East won the national crown after I bashed the conference for being highly overrated all season. It looked smart early on in the tournament, as the Big East seemingly suffered an upset or more every day. OK, enough Big East talk. Here are my 12 things to watch in the Big Ten during the 2011-12 season:
The Big Ten men’s basketball regular season is over. Now, it’s time for the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse, home of the NBA’s Indianapolis Pacers and WNBA’s Indiana Fever. Watch now as Indianapolis prepares for the arrival of the Big Ten teams and as the Big Ten teams descend upon Indy for their chance to punch a ticket to the Big Dance.
Well, I didn’t envision writing 2011-12 Big Ten hoops look-aheads quite this early, but following Ohio State and Wisconsin’s Sweet 16 defeats, it’s that time. These will certainly change before next winter, considering possible roster changes and coaching moves. That said, check out way-too-early initial 2011-12 Big Ten hoops power rankings:
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With the 2010-11 Big Ten hoops season now in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look to next year and offer some predictions. The Big Ten will lose its share of talent, but it returns a ton of firepower, as well. Ohio State, of course, will be chasing its third straight Big Ten crown, both regular season and postseason. Now for the predictions, which will almost certainly make me look silly in a year:
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When it comes to Big Ten basketball coaches, Purdue’s Gene Keady is one of the all-time greats. As a seven-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, Keady’s 512 victories is the most in Purdue history, where he managed to lead the Boilers to two Elite Eight appearances and five Sweet Sixteen appearances in the NCAA Tournament before his retirement. In 2010, Keady took a job as an assistant coach with the St. John’s Red Storm. Watch now and learn why St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin refers to the Purdue legend as his “buddha.”