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!!