When we started this post, we were thinking that the Big 10 was one of the better leagues. What we were smoking? Here’s our midseason check-in on our midwestern friends:
F4 Caliber. Indiana and Michigan St. are the only two possibilities, and we believe that Indiana is the more likely of the two based on their unmatched inside/outside tandem of DJ White and Eric Gordon.
Most Likely to Collapse. Purdue. It’s not that we think the Boilers are a bad team disguised with a solid record, it’s just that they’re so incredibly young and the Big Ten death matches can take a toll on anyone.
Most Likely to Rise. Illinois? Surely they’re not this bad – we know Bruce Weber can coach a little bit, even if he can’t recruit his way out of a paper bag. 0-4 in the Big Ten is fairly pathetic.
Biggest Disappointment. Michigan. Expectations weren’t high for John Beilein’s first year in Ann Arbor, but this team is a complete disaster. When your best win after sixteen games is versus Brown, you have to be disappointed.
Biggest Surprise. Minnesota. The Gophers won all of nine games last year, and with largely the same roster, they’re already 12-3. Having found the right environment for his coaching style, he’s well on his way to another successful first season at a new job.