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BIG Ten Week 13 Recap

Posted on November 19, 2016. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Time to clinch or is it?

November 19, 2016

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What a week of football last week as Iowa upset Michigan and Ohio State had their ‘i’ dotted by Michigan State, what could happen this weekend?

As a conference, the Big Ten faces more questions than perhaps any other in the country.

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The Badgers were clicking on ALL cylinders this afternoon in West Lafayette as they cruised to a 49-20 victory over Purdue. Wisconsin scored 35 points in the final 8 1/2 minutes of the first half to the Boilermakers 10.

In front of a slim, home crowd which was there to celebrate senior day, the home team got on the board with the only score in th first quarter on a 28 yard field goal by J.D. Dellinger. After that, the Badgers scored on their next five possessions.

Sophomore Alec Ingold got in the end zone on a 1-yard run taking the lead at 7-3 and from that, they never looked back. Ingold would score again later in the quarter, this time on a 19 yard pass from Bart Huston. Huston finished the shared duties as quarterback 5-6 102. One special highlight came on when junior T.J. Watt, younger brother of J.J., had a pick 6 on a batted interception by David Blough.

“What a play by T.J.,” Badgers coach Paul Chryst said. “To knock it down is a really good play. To get a pick is a really good play. To do both that changed (the game).”

Bradrick Shaw scored twice himself… both on the ground. One from 7 yards out, the other from 33. Now remember all of this is in the first half.

“We knew we had to win the turnover battle,” Purdue interim head coach Gerad Parker said. “Early on, our defense bottled up the football. We lost some things in that turnover stretch in the second quarter.”

Second half, the Badgers (9-2, 6-2) eased off the gas and score two more times on a 25-yard pass from Alex Hornibrook to Jazz Peavy in the third and their final score came from Corey Clement (27 carries, 112 yards) who scored on a 6-yard run. Hornibrook went 7-9 for 89 yards.

The Boilermakers (3-8, 1-7) did get in the end zone twice in the second half as DeAngelo Yancey caught a 75-yard pass and a 10-yarder from David Blough. Blough finished the game 14-30 for 206 yard with those two touchdowns and three interceptions. Yancey finished with 155 yards on 6 receptions.

The Badgers didn’t get the help they needed to wrap up the West, but the win certainly keeps their playoff hopes alive. But with this victory, Wisconsin can clinch the West Division title and earn a spot in the Dec. 3 conference championship game with a victory next weekend against Minnesota as they try to retain the Paul Bunyan Axe for the 13th consecutive year.

And for Purdue, they hope to snap a three-game losing streak against rival Indiana. The Boilermakers haven’t lost the Old Oaken Bucket in four straight years since the 1940s.

 

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What a game……

The Buckeyes survived a scare as the Spartans had a chance to win, but came up 1-point short, 17-16 at home. Michigan State running back L.J. Scott scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to bring the Spartans within 17-16 with just 4:53 to play. Mark Dantonio elected to go for the two-point conversion, but Tyler O’Connor’s pass was intercepted by Malik Hooker.

Michigan State got the ball on its own 20-yard line with just over 2 minutes to play needing just a field goal to win, but O’Connor’s pass was intercepted a-g-a-i-n by Gareon Conley on the second play.

The Spartans came out fired up and took a 7-0 lead on Ohio State after just two offensive plays. Tyler O’Connor hit running back L.J. Scott on a 64-yard screen pass that found pay dirt just 46 seconds into the game. The Buckeyes responded, however, shortly thereafter with a five-play, 50-yard scoring drive. Quarterback J.T. Barrett hooked up with Curtis Samuel for a 24-yard touchdown strike with 7:56 to play in the first quarter to tie things at 7-all.

The teams traded field goals to enter halftime at 10-10, and only to score as described above to conclude this tough contest.

Michigan State out-gained Ohio State 334 to 310, but the Buckeyes narrowly control possession 30:53 to 29:07 and rushing, 224 – 207.

Now Ohio State can officially focus on The Game as they host ‘The” Ohio State next weekend at HIGH NOON. This is biggest Ohio State–Michigan game since 2006. The Wolverines traveled to Columbus that year and fell 42-39. Michigan, like Ohio State, is now 10-1. This will be “the” de facto playoff quarterfinal and technical the BIG TEN championship wink wink.

Maryland 7, Nebraska 28

Iowa 28, Illinois 0

Indiana 10, Michigan 20

Northwestern 12, Minnesota 29

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Who will come out on top when Michigan and Ohio State square off at the end of the season? Can the Buckeyes make it into the College Football Playoff without a conference championship? Can the Big Ten qualify two teams in the CFP?

Most of those questions won’t be answered this week, yet Week 12 is filled with potential trap games for all the contenders at the center of those questions. Before Ohio State and Michigan can look forward to their match-up in Week 13, the Buckeyes and Wolverines must navigate games against Michigan State and Indiana, respectively.

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2016-17 Girls Basketball Teams & Players to Watch

Posted on November 14, 2016. Filed under: Basketball, Girls High School Basketball, High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Girls basketball… who to watch?

November 15, 2016

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As the season prepares to tip-off, here is a look at who’s hot in our Illinois High School Association coverage area:

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basketball Nadia Green, senior guard, committed to Missouri – averaged 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists last season.
basketball Finess Dickson, senior, committed to Memphis
basketball Eva Rubin 6’5″, senior, center, committed to Arizona State
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basketball Destiny Harden, senior, guard committed to West Virginia – averaged 14 points and 13 rebounds
basketball Porsha Sydnor, senior, 5’8″ guard committed toMaryland Eastern Shore – averaged six assists
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basketball Lauren Hunter, junior, forward – avg 11.9 points, 7.3 rebounds
basketball Carolyn Waleski, junior, guard – avg 10.9 points
basketball Bailey Kramer, senior, point guard
basketball Anna Power senior, Center
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basketball Claire Austin, senior, forward committed to Davenport
basketball Julia Ruzevich senior, forward committed to Quincy – avg 10.1 points
basketball Kate Ruzevich senior, committed to Quincy – was the top rebounder
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basketball Emily Atsinger, senior, guard – avg 15.6
basketball Courtney O’Donnell, senior, forward – avg 15.6 points, 7.4 rebounds
basketball Stephanie Athanasoulis senior, guard – avg 8.5 points, 55 3-pointers
basketball Tara Hastings, Sophomore, guard – avg 7.5 points
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basketball Elisa DiOrio, senior, forward
basketball Mallory Olszak, senior, guard
basketball Shannon Mitchell, sophomore, Center
basketball Carmen Jackson
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basketball Nade’ge Jean, Rich South, junior, forward
basketball Dejah Weathersby, senior, G
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basketball Kara Shimko, senior, G – Avg 17 points, also shot 90 percent from the free-throw line.
basketball Jovanna Martinucci, Soph, G – Avg 11 points, 4 assists
basketball Erin Foley, junior
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basketball Simone Gardner, Bloom, sophomore, guard – avg 15pts as a freshman
basketball Tanea White, junior
basketball Melia Mansker, junior, F
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basketball Taylor Irons,  senior, center
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basketball Tara O’Malley, junior, guard

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basketball Jada Wright, senior, center

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2016-17 BBall Recruiting Class

Posted on November 14, 2016. Filed under: Basketball, Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, High School Basketball, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

2016-17 Basketball Recruits

November 14, 2016

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Local players, Illinois High School Association, in our coverage area….

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basketball Nana Akenton, Bolingbrook: Nebraska
basketball Jamell Alausa, U-High: Yale
basketball Trevian Bell, Joliet West: Wisconsin-Green Bay
basketball Teyvion Kirk, Joliet West: Drake
basketball PJ Pipes, Lemont: Wisconsin-Green Bay
basketball Dwayne Rose, Crete-Monee: Toledo

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Signing Day: The nation’s top 10 recruiting classes

1. Arizona: In addition to 7-footer DeAndre Ayton, the No. 1 player in the country, Sean Miller added three other top 100 talents in 6-7 Ira Lee, point guard Alex Barcello and shooting guard Brandon Randolph. Could the Wildcats finish the class off with wing Lonnie Walker, a top 20 player who is uncommitted?

2. UCLA: A year after landing current freshman phenom Lonzo Ball, coach Steve Alford has another stacked class. Point guard Jaylen Hands out of San Diego is the headliner of this four-man class. But it will get a big boost if, as expected, Indy prep star Kris Wilkes, a top 25 player in the country, commits soon.

3. Washington: Michael Porter, an ultra-smooth 6-7 scorer on the wing, is one of the nation’s truly elite prospects. The four-man class also includes a pair of locals from Seattle –– top 50 guard Daejon Davis and top 75 player Jaylen Howell from Seattle.

4. Auburn: Coach Bruce Pearl now has put together three straight talented classes at this “football school.” His top prize, 6-10 Austin Wiley, is an Auburn legacy and one of the top 20 players in the country. Top 50 talent Davion Mitchell and four-star forward Chuma Okeke are also on board.

5. Xavier: This talented five-man class should help keep Chris Mack’s program among the top 25 in the country. The best class in the Big East includes top 100 players Paul Scruggs and Naji Marshall, a pair of perimeter stars.

6. Louisville: There are multiple top 100 talents and four-star recruits in this four-man class, but the gem of the class is 6-10 Malik Williams. The Fort Wayne, Ind., native is a long, agile, defensive presence and has an enormous upside.

7. Texas: A trio of top 100 national recruits are headed to Austin, including 6-8 Jericho Sims, 6-8 Royce Hamm and shooting guard Jase Febres.

8. Oregon: Troy Brown, a dynamic 6-7 guard and top 20 player in the country, is the star of this class. Both 6-4 V.J. Bailey and 6-6 Abu Kigab are top 100 talents.

9. Western Kentucky: Yes, the Hilltoppers, out of Conference USA, have a top 10 class after hitting the jackpot with two top 50 talents: 7-footer Mitchell Robinson, one of the top 10 players in the country, and 6-4 shooting guard Josh Anderson.

10. Michigan State: Sparty goes big! Jaren Jackson, a 6-10, 220-pound power forward, is a top 20 player in the senior class, while 6-8, 260-pound Xavier Tillman is among the top 100.

 

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NIU vs Toledo

Posted on November 9, 2016. Filed under: Football, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , |

MAC Conference: Huskies take on the Rockets

November 9, 2016

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First official contest at Guaranteed Rate Field aka U.S. Cellular aka Comiskey features the Mid-American Conference Northern Illinois (3-6) taking on Toledo (7-2) and they are calling it the “Chi-Town Showdown.”

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By the game being held in Chicago, it’s a crucial locale in terms of former and future students, as well as alum for both schools.

“It probably doesn’t have everything riding on it the way people thought,” NIU coach Rod Carey said. “The same appeal might not be there, but it is a big game for those reasons.”

In addition, the MAC stakes couldn’t be higher for the Rockets.

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NIU needs to win its final three games to qualify for a ninth straight bowl appearance, extending its MAC record. As long as there’s a bowl game to play for, the emphasis remains on the present rather than the unknown future.

The shocking loss to Ohio a few weeks ago forced Toledo to have to win out to take the MAC West – and that includes a showdown at Western Michigan after facing Ball State next week.

The offense continues to be amazing, averaging 553 yards per game with the nation’s second-most efficient passing attack. The attack moves at will, and outside of a few braincramps, the defense has been good enough. But now the Rockets have to face a red-hot NIU team rolling at the right time.

It’s been a tough season full of injuries and ineffectiveness, but the Huskies have taken care of two home games helped by an offense that’s going off.

Joel Bouagnon ran for 134 yards and five scores in last week’s blowout win over Bowling Green, while QB Anthony Maddie took over two weeks ago running for 125 yards and four touchdowns in a 44-7 win over Buffalo.

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Can the NIU backfield go off against a Rocket defense that’s allowed more than 100 yards just two times over the last five games? Yeah, but the Toledo offense will make up for it with a strong enough offensive performance – the passing game will kick in – to win a thriller worthy of the venue.

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Athletic Scholarships Cover What

Posted on November 8, 2016. Filed under: Baseball, Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, Football, Girls High School Basketball, High School Basketball, NCAA Sports, Sporting News, Sports Business, Track and Field, Volleyball | Tags: , |

Student-Athletics Scholarships cover what???

November 7, 2016

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In short, Divisions I and II athletics scholarships are awarded in a variety of amounts and categories: Full, Partial, Academic, and a mix.

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Now according to NCAA, full scholarships cover tuition and fees, room, board and course-related books. Most student-athletes who receive athletics scholarships receive an amount covering a portion of these costs. Many student-athletes also benefit from academic scholarships, NCAA financial aid programs such as the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Opportunity Fund and need-based aid such as Federal Pell Grants.

Division I schools may provide student-athletes with multiyear scholarships. Additionally, Division I schools may pay for student-athletes to finish their bachelor’s or master’s degrees after they finish playing NCAA sports.

If a school plans to “reduce or not renew” a student-athlete’s aid, the school must notify the student-athlete in writing by July 1 and provide an opportunity to appeal. In most cases, coaches decide who receives a scholarship, the scholarship amount and whether it will be renewed.

Please note this important fact…. “full ride” is NOT automatic! Full-ride scholarships are actually annual contracts, renewable by the institution from year- to- year, not guarantees of four years of financial support based on past accomplishments. One need only survey the college football landscape to see examples of star players who have been kicked out of the athletic program or, worse, out of school to understand the fragility of full-ride scholarships.

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While Athletic Full-time Scholarships are High Profile, They Are Exceedingly Rare

It is estimated that over 600,000 high school seniors play head count sports. An even larger number play equivalency sports. About $1 billion in athletic scholarship money is awarded annually to approximately 130,000 student- athletes. However, only about 25,000 scholarships are available for incoming freshmen. The math isn’t promising. Therefore, it may not be wise for a family to rely solely on the possibility of their child being awarded a “full ride” to cover the costs of getting a college education.

There are however some other steps a family can take. One is to investigate the availability of academic and merit scholarships offered by each school. The student should also meet with the dean or administrator at his or her school responsible for assisting those seniors engaged in the process of applying for college. There are also research grants and essay contests for additional educational funding opportunities. Finally, to avoid any potential problems, contact should be made with the school(s) being considered and the athletic associations to which they belong for details about the regulations and requirements they may have regarding eligibility and financial aid.

Student- athletes planning on college should not rely solely on “assurances” that he or she should have no problem receiving a full ride. Managing expectations should be a priority for any family who dares to dream that their son or daughter may be awarded an athletic scholarship.

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2016 October ASNN365 Newsletter

Posted on November 8, 2016. Filed under: Basketball, Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, Football, Girls High School Basketball, High School Basketball, NBA, NCAA Sports, Sporting News, Sports Business |

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COMMENTARY: Where did our Attention Span go???

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Attention Span

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Where did our Attention Span go?

October 4, 2016

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It’s probably unfair to blame social media specifically, but I think it’s safe to say that the 24/7 media barrage of soundbites we face every day could be taking its toll. Twitter users need to make their point in 140 characters or less, CNN, MSNBC and others have shortened stories to be quickly transmitted to the masses.

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Haven’t you noticed, conversations lasting over five minutes is met with glazed eyes and shuffling feet, not to mention the ol’ grabbing of the smartphone and thumbin’ through it a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g.

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Now I’ll be the first to admit that if we really want the ears, eyes and attention of our audience, we need to make sure that our message is interesting and very interactive. This is particularly true in the workplace. How many times have you sat in a meeting where three or four of the people attending open up their laptop, tap away on their iPad or distractedly thumb through emails on their smart phones? Although the problem may sometimes be the meeting, even in the midst of important discussions, I’ve watched colleagues allow themselves to be distracted by emails, text messages, as well as social media platforms, and other work they perceive is more important—only to find out later that it wasn’t.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of social media and technology. I’m convinced that we should be leveraging all the potential technology tools at our disposal to create collaborative environments where people can contribute to something worthwhile and perform at a higher level. However, I’m not a fan of how technology seems to dumb-down our collective ability to focus on the things that are really important.

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Step Away From the iPhone

I have to admit a secret of mine… in the middle of a conversations, I’ll simply stop talking to make sure whoever I’m talking to is paying attention if I’m talking to them and they are using their smartphone adn not paying attention.

Over the last couple of months, meetings I have called and conducted could unofficially be designated as technology free. How? I try to keep these meetings short, simple and to the point, as well as interactive.

I do this to avoid the temptation to multitask (which studies have determined to be a pipe-dream, since we can’t focus on more than one thing at a time anyway and multitasking is OVERRATED), where laptops, smartphones and iPads remain out of sight and untouched during the course of the discussion unless we need to secure a date. We were able to focus on the discussion at hand, we accomplished the objectives of those meetings with minimal distraction and there was no question regarding follow-up items – very productive

Although it might feel like it, keeping the technological soundbite barrage at bay long enough for people to have intelligent conversations about the things that really matter doesn’t require the earth to stop rotating on its axis. Here are a few more suggestions:

1. Don’t let the immediacy of the medium dictate the quality of the conversation. I’m not a big fan of “text-speak” abbreviations. Even in my text messages, I try to communicate in complete sentences and thoughts. I do the same on Twitter and Facebook. It takes a little more work, but not much. It also takes the guesswork out of interpreting what I’m trying to say. Particularly in the workplace, if we have to dumb-down the level of dialog to suit any particular communication medium, maybe we should choose another outlet for the conversation. Maybe even a real conversation?

2. Listen more, speak less. Abraham Lincoln said, “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.” How much time do you spend listening verses speaking? In every conversation are you thinking more about what you are going to say next, or are you really listening to what’s being said? I’ve known far too many people who love the sound of their own voices. Listen more, speak less.

3. Technology is not a substitute for real relationships. Technology is intended to enhance our ability to collaborate, not replace the need for personal interaction. As valuable as these tools are, if we don’t foster real and productive relationships with people it will be difficult for organizations to achieve any measurable level of success. Leadership requires making a personal connection with people. Technology can’t do that.

4. Live in the moment. At the risk of sounding a little new-age-ie, if you’re in a meeting, be in the meeting; if you’re in a conversation, be in the conversation; if you are on a date, be on that date. Does anyone check text, emails, social media, during private adult time? Hhhhmmmm
Bottom line is don’t let distractions pull you away from what’s happening right now. The phone chirping can wait—they’ll either leave a message or call you back. The message will still be there when the moment is over.

5. Never meet just to meet. I have often wondered how much time I’ve wasted in standing meetings that had no real purpose. Regularly scheduled meetings are important, but if you are responsible for a regularly scheduled meeting and their is no real reason to meet, cancel that instance of the meeting and wait for another day.

6. And finally, go low-tech once in a while. I will admit that I can type notes during a meeting faster than I can write them down. There is nothing wrong with taking notes in a meeting or discussion. Plus, whoever is leading the meeting doesn’t wonder if I’m really engaged—they can’t misinterpret my tapping on the keyboard as something it isn’t. It’s obvious that I’m engaged in the discussion.

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Listening, paying attention and engaging fully in every conversation or communication creates an atmosphere where everyone can effectively collaborate, people can contribute to something meaningful and organizations can leverage the strengths of everyone in the organization toward a successful outcome.

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2016 September ASNN365 Newsletter

Posted on November 7, 2016. Filed under: AAU, Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, Football, Girls High School Basketball, NCAA Sports, Sporting News, Sports Business |

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COMMENTARY: As schools begin around the country the Next Wave of the Digital Divide… Nearly a third of Americans have trouble navigating the Internet, says one researcher.

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2016-17 BIG East Preview

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Big East Preview…

November 8, 2016

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Big East always has a quality column of representations in the NCAA tournament, and this year will NOT be any different.

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Villanova is the reigning national champ. Xavier could actually be better this season than it was last. Georgetown is set for a huge rebound year, and Creighton’s got two of the six or seven most valuable players in the league. At the bottom, even DePaul and St. John’s are set up to be stronger than a year ago. Even teams like Providence and Marquette, which lost first-round draft picks and won’t be as strong, still set up to be threats to crack the top half of the conference.

In fact just because in our prediction we have DePaul and St. John low, they will be very tough to play on the hardwood for many top-tier teams.

Predicted order of finish

1.villanovabb

2. xavierbb

3. creightonbb

4. butlerbb

5. georgetownbb

6. marquettebb

7. seton-hallbb

8. providencebb

9. stjohnbb

10. depaulbb

 

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Player of the Year: Josh Hart, Villanova

Freshman of the Year: Shamorie Ponds, St. John’s

Coach of the Year: Jay Wright, Villanova

Players to Watch
Jalen Brunson, Villanova
Chris Mack, Xavier
Khyri Thomas, Creighton
Chris Holtman, Butler
Angel Delgado, Seton Hall
Duane Wilson, Marquette
Kyron Cartwright, Providence
Kassoum Yahwe, St. John
Billy Garrett Jr., DePaul

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2016-17 BIG Ten Preview

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BIG TEN Basketball Preview…

November 7, 2016

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We are predicting that the Big Ten will experience a “changing of the guard” in 2016-17.

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The crispness of the fall air, the time change (fall back), and the squeak of basketball sneakers in gymnasiums across the country can only mean ONE thing – basketball is back! And the official start for the march to March Madness has started.

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Here’s our look at the Big Ten:

As of right now, Wisconsin seems to have the greatest advantage. The Badgers return every key player from a team that regrouped under new coach Greg Gard to go 12–6 in Big Ten play. Meanwhile, teams like Michigan State, Indiana and Purdue will look for role players and secondary scorers to take the next step.

1. Wisconsin

Five starters return, including Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig — key players with Final Four experience.

 

2. MichiganState

Tom Izzo has rarely relied on freshmen, but he will do so this season with Miles Bridges and Joshua Langford heading his best recruiting class.

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If Pitt transfer Josh Newkirk delivers at point guard and OG Anunoby takes the next step, the Hoosiers could win the Big Ten title again.

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Getting Vince Edwards and Caleb Swanigan to return was critical, but Matt Painter’s team won’t contend unless it finds a high-caliber point guard.

5. Michigan

Keeping Derrick Walton healthy for the entire season is critical for the Wolverines, who have a nice first five but little experienced depth.

6. marylandbb-logo

Melo Trimble is back for his third tour at Maryland. He will have to play like the league’s best point guard as the Terps try to replace four starters.

7. OhioState

Transfers wiped out most of Thad Matta’s sophomore class, so depth and the maturity of point guard JaQuan Lyle are the primary issues.

8. pennstate-bb

With the addition of Pat Chambers’ best freshman class, the Nittany Lions will be able to win with talent as well as grit.

9. Iowa
The loss of four starters plus memories of the Hawkeyes’ struggles down the stretch last season make Iowa the Big Ten’s biggest mystery.

10. northwesternbb

Chris Collins has upgraded the talent every year, and he has the point guard (Bryant McIntosh) to compete.

11. illinois-bball

Losing 19 games and facing a string of off-the-court issues have Illini fans wondering if John Groce can regain momentum.

12. minnesotabb
Richard Pitino has failed to make the NCAA Tournament for three seasons and needs to impress a new athletic director.

13. nebraska2

Losing Andrew White in late June was major setback that coach Tim Miles did not expect.

14. rutgersbb

The Scarlet Knights have hit the reset button — again. It’s Steve Pikiell’s turn.  Big Ten Superlatives

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Player of the Year: Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin

Best Defensive Player: Ethan Happ, Wisconsin

Most Underrated Player: Jae’Sean Tate, Ohio State

Top Newcomer: Miles Bridges, Michigan State

 

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