Is Big Ten Baskeball similar to SEC Football?

After this season I am pretty convinced that the Big Ten is the best conference for basketball with the way the conference dominated outside of conference play and how intense in-conference games were. However, I don’t quite agree with some of the people out there who say the Big Ten is the SEC football of college basketball. The reason? Recruiting. The SEC always has the best recruiting classes year in and year out for football, and if you look at the Big Ten recruiting for basketball, basically all the top players go to Kentucky or some power team in the ACC or Big East. Even though I’m saying this now, I do believe the Big Ten has the potential to develop into the ultimate powerhouse conference

 

Big Ten/ACC Challenge Games Announced

The 2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge slate of games were announced yesterday, and there are some sweet matchups to look forward to! Here is the schedule:

UM @ Duke, UNC @ MSU, highlight the challenge this year

Tuesday, Dec. 3 game slate:

  • Indiana at Syracuse
  • Michigan at Duke
  • Iowa at Notre Dame
  • Florida State at Minnesota
  • Penn State at Pittsburgh
  • Illinois and Georgia Tech

Wednesday, Dec. 4 game slate:

  • North Carolina at Michigan State
  • Maryland at Ohio State
  • Miami at Nebraska
  • Wisconsin at Virginia
  • Boston College at Purdue
  • Northwestern at NC State

Michigan Picks up Walk-On

Andrew Dakich, son of ESPN college basketball analyst Dan Dakich, has decided to walk-on the Michigan basketball team next year. Andrew is from Zionsville High School in Indiana, and he was also considering walking onto Purdue and Butler. He joins Zak Irvin, Mark Donnal, and Derrick Walton in John Beilein’s 2013 recruiting class.

Newest Wolverine Andrew Dakich is being guarded by fellow recruit Zak Irvin

Imagine if New Divisions Were For Basketball…

The B1G will have a new look come 2014

The new divisions for when Rutgers & Maryland join the B1G put them in a division with Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, Penn State, and Ohio State, but that is for football only. Imagine if those were the divisions for basketball! That means from this past year, 4 of the top 5 teams would be in the east division, and it would not be fair at all! The east would absolutely dominate the west in my opinion… This also means that this is the last year of the legends and leaders for football, which made absolutely no sense in the first place when those divisions were made

Michigan State Picks up 2nd 2013 Recruit

Alvin Ellis is a 6’5″ guard from Chicago

Yesterday, 3-star guard Alvin Ellis from De La Salle in Chicago committed to Michigan State, making him the second recruit for the class of 2013. Ellis was also considering Kansas State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, and Wichita State. In the end, Ellis said that he knows MSU was the best choice because coach Tom Izzo will push him to be a better player

Glenn Robinson III, Mitch McGary, and Gary Harris to Stay in School

All 3 star freshmen are coming back next year!

Last Friday Michigan’s star freshmen Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary announced that they plan on coming back to Ann Arbor their sophomore year. That same day, MSU star freshman Gary Harris also announced that he is coming back to East Lansing for his sophomore year. These announcements should hype up any college basketball fan, because these players are definitely going to have some great battles next year!

So, Who’s Going to Win the B1G Next Year?

There are fans for every team in the Big Ten that say their team has a chance to win the conference next. I am here to support some of those fans and crush some of those fan’s dreams.

Michigan: Of course, Trey Burke is basically irreplaceable, and Michigan’s offense may struggle some times next year. However, if Hardaway Jr, Robinson III, and McGary come back, you better watch out for the Wolverines next year. With freshmen Derrick Walton, Zak Irvin, and Mark Donnal coming in, Michigan will be one of, if not the deepest team in the conference next year. They definitely have a chance to contend for a B1G title next year.

Michigan State: The Spartans were very close to winning the B1G title this year, and all they are losing from this year’s team is Derrick Nix. MSU will definitely be there at the end, and they may end up on top of the conference. With Gary Harris coming back with a healthy shoulder, and Keith Appling & Adreian Payne coming back as senior leaders, East Lansing will have something to cheer about come March.

The other team I think has the best chance to contend for a B1G title is Ohio State. Yes, they lose Big Ten scoring leader Deshaun Thomas, but they have great talent coming back with Aaron Craft, Lenzelle Smith Jr, LaQuinton Ross, Shannon Scott, Sam Thompson, and Amir Williams. The fact that the Buckeyes have 6 significant contributors coming back give them  the experience needed for a run at a B1G Title. The Buckeyes also have 2 solid recruits coming in, SG Kameron Williams, and SF Marc Loving.

The next best teams that have a shot at contending are Minnesota, Indiana, and Iowa. All the teams have pretty good players returning next year, but they are also losing too much talent to make a run against the best teams in the conference. Minnesota returns guards Austin and Andre Hollins, but they also lose center Trevor Mbakwe and forward Rodney Williams. Indiana returns Yogi Ferrell & Will Sheehey, but they also lose Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo, Jordan Hulls, and Christian Watford. Last, Iowa returns Roy Devyn Marble & Anthony Clemmons, but they lose Eric May and they don’t have much talent coming in.

The remaining teams, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue, Northwestern, and Illinois, will probably not have enough talent to compete for the B1G title, but expect them to upset some of the top teams.

Next year should be another great year for B1G Basketball!!