staff, staff, December 29, 2014

The New Year is fast approaching, meaning it's time to consider resolutions for Big Ten basketball teams.

BTN analysts Stephen Bardo and Drew Nicholas recently shared their New Year's resolutions on BTN Live.

The two analysts split up the 14 teams, going in alphabetical order, with Bardo starting things off with Illinois.


Illinois: They need Ahmad Starks and Aaron Cosby to start shooting the 3s like they historically have. – Stephen Bardo

Indiana: The production of the bigs. If the bigs can produce, not only offensively but defensively, I think they have a chance to make some noise. – Drew Nicholas

Iowa: They need a go-to guy down the stretch. I don't think it's Aaron White, because he's a senior, he's had time to step, and we have not seen that from him. – Stephen Bardo

Maryland: It's got to be to get Dez Wells healthy. As you get into Big Ten conference, you're going to need your best player. – Drew Nicholas

Michigan: Ricky Doyle and Mark Donnal must grow up quickly if Michigan wants to return to the upper-echelon of the Big Ten. – Stephen Bardo

Michigan State: Put away the football pads and the helmets; these guys have to get healthy. – Drew Nicholas

Minnesota: They turn the ball over too much. If you force turnovers, you can't cough it right back up. – Stephen Bardo

Nebraska: This team needs to go back to that underdog mentality. They've got to get that fight back. – Drew Nicholas

Northwestern: They've got to get JerShon Cobb healthy. – Stephen Bardo

Ohio State: The production of Amir Williams, not offensively but defensively. He's got to be that back line in terms of defending the paint. – Drew Nicholas

Penn State: Jordan Dickerson is a 7-footer. Just protect the rim, big fella, and be a rebound wizard. If he can do that, Penn State can be pretty good. – Stephen Bardo

Purdue: A.J. Hammons needs to stay on the floor; he's only averaging 20 minutes a game. Purdue needs to find ways to get him up to 27, 28 minutes. – Drew Nicholas

Rutgers: They have some pieces, but they're not consistent. Eddie Jordan needs to figure out a way, in one of the toughest conferences in the country, to figure out some consistency. – Stephen Bardo

Wisconsin: Sam Dekker is the final, missing piece that needs to play well if Wisconsin is going to win the Big Ten championship and possibly get back to the Final Four.