Indiana receiving pre-season national accolades, it comes as no surprise that the Hoosiers are also a heavy
favorite to dominate the Big Ten.
IU, which is seeking its first Big Ten title since 2002,
received 21 of 24 first-place votes in a poll of 24 Big Ten sportswriters, two
from each school. Herb Gould and Neil Hayes, who cover the Illini and
Northwestern, respectively, for the Sun-Times were among the voters.
Illini were picked to finish ninth in the league, just one vote ahead of
received the three first-place votes that were not cast for Indiana. Ohio
State, Michigan State and Wisconsin, rounded out the top five. That quintet
also is receiving top-25 pre-season attention in what’s expected to be a strong
season for Big Ten Basketball.
is top-ranked in the inaugural coaches poll, and is joined by No. 4 Ohio State,
No. 5 Michigan, No. 14 Michigan State and No. 21 Wisconsin.
1. Indiana (21) 285
2. Michigan (3) 256
3. Ohio State 237
4. Michigan St 223
5. Wisconsin 191
6. Minnesota 159
Penn State 62