It doesn't appear that too many Big Ten teams are going to light the college hoops world on fire this season. However, more than likely this will only be a temporary slump. With the level of coaching talent roaming the sidelines in the league, its teams are sure to be competing for national championships again sooner rather than later.
1) Tom Izzo - Michigan State
This is the fourth of six annual fantasy stats projections of BCS conference starters. The lineups are based on the Starting Fives series of articles released two weeks ago, along with a couple of changes due to recent developments.
Hummel was chosen as the Preseason Player of the Year after earning first-team All-Conference and All-Freshman Team accolades last year. He led the Big Ten in three-point field percentage in conference games while averaging 11.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists in all games.
Despite Michigan State and Purdue looking like they will be among the nation’s best teams this season, it appears that it’s a down year coming up for the Big Ten. Additionally, talent-wise the league doesn’t have the boatloads of “superstar” prospects the other BCS conferences do. Because of this, a freshman has snuck his way into number one on this list.
BIG TEN FIVE-YEAR STANDINGS
This ranking tries to answer a simple question: Who has been the best team in the Big Ten over the last five years?