This is Amelia Rayno's third season on the Gophers men's basketball beat. She learned college basketball in North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!), where fanhood is not an option. In 2010, she joined the Star Tribune after graduating from Boston's Emerson College, which sadly had no exciting D-I college hoops to latch onto. Amelia has also worked on the sports desk at the Boston Globe and interned at the Detroit News.

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Making preseason prections: Big Ten rankings, All-Big Ten teams, Awards

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball Updated: October 25, 2013 - 1:08 PM

It's that time of year -- I've just submitted my preseason predictions and awards to various places, so I thoguht I'd share them here as well, along with some thoughts.

Go ahead, argue with me in the comments below.

Ranking the Big Ten:

1.   Michigan State -- It's hard to deny that it's the Spartans' year. With Gary Harris, Adreian Payne, Keith Appling and Branden Dawson all back, just look at that cast.

2.   Michigan -- Someone needs to take the reins at point guard, but the Wolverines have plenty of stars, starting with Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III.

3.   Ohio State -- Aaron Craft locks it down at point; LaQuinton Ross will have a big year.

4.   Indiana -- The Hoosiers lost more than any team -- I mean seriously, they lost Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo, Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford, Remy Abell and Maurice Creek. Whoa ... -- but the sixth-best recruiting class in the nation plus Yogi Ferrell at point and Will Sheehey as the ultimate spark will keep Indiana successful.

5.   Wisconsin -- It's hard to ever count out the Badgers, no matter the season. Josh Gasser is back from an ACL injury that kept him out last year and will help feed the likes of Sam Dekker and Ben Brust.

6.   Iowa -- Last season, the Hawkeyes looked a year away. Now, I think they could surprise. Solid defense and big steps from Aaron White and Roy Devyn Marble will make them a tough opponent for everyone.

7.   Purdue -- Terone Johnson is poised to take the reins in his senior year and the Boilermakers have a legitimate 7-footer in A.J. Hammons. They will make the tournament, but it will be a battle.

8.   Northwestern -- Can the Wildcats improve with Drew Crawford back from shoulder surgery? New coach Chris Collins has some potential to work with.

9.   Minnesota -- The Gophers could overachieve within a certain context, but their extreme frontcourt thinness will be tough to overcome. With a new coach and a new system for the team to adjust to, 2013-14 will be a bit of an experiment.

10.  llinois -- Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson are gone, and it will take some time for Tracy Abrams, Joseph Bertrand and Co. to adjust.

11.  Penn State -- I was tempted to pick the Nitany Lions higher because I think they have the potential to be a surprise team with Tim Frazier rejoining DJ Newbill in the backcourt. Still have to find help up front, though.

12.  Nebraska -- I think Tim Miles is getting players to buy in and slowing building this program. The problem is, it's the Big Ten. The Huskers need another year.

Preseason awards:

COY: Tom Crean -- Crean has a solid floor general in Ferrell; the rest will fall into place. The Indiana coach has a ton of youth, but will finish in the top 4 anyway.
POY: Gary Harris -- The 6-4 guard was one of the toughest freshmen I've witnessed a year ago. Now, his diverse offensive game will make him a force to be reckoned with for Michigan State.
FOY: Noah Vonleh -- Expect Indiana's 6-8 McDonald's All-American to make an impact right away, both in the paint and from the perimeter.
DPOY: Aaron Craft -- The pink-cheeked Ohio State senior is always willing to do the dirty work and while he isn't flashy, he can shut opposing floor generals down in an instant.

All-Big Ten teams:

First team:
Aaron Craft (Ohio State)
Gary Harris (Michigan State)
Mitch McGary (Michigan)
LaQuinton Ross (Ohio State)
Adreian Payne (Michigan State)
 
Second team:
Tim Frazier (Penn State)
Glenn Robinson III (Michigan)
Yogi Ferrell (Indiana)
Keith Appling (Michigan State)
Noah Vonleh (Indiana)
 
Third team:
Andre Hollins (Minnesota)
Aaron White (Iowa)
Will Sheehey (Indiana)
Sam Dekker (Wisconsin)
AJ Hammons (Purdue)
 

Others considered: Branden Dawson (Michigan State), Nik Stauskas (Michigan), Austin Hollins (Minnesota), Sam Thompson (Ohio State), Ben Brust (Wisconsin), Roy Devyn Marble (Iowa), Terone Johnson (Purdue)

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Buffalo 17 4th Qtr 14:35
New England 9
Cleveland 10 3rd Qtr 2:08
Baltimore 3
Dallas 27 3rd Qtr 4:00
Washington 10
Indianapolis 17 3rd Qtr 6:52
Tennessee 7
Jacksonville 10 3rd Qtr 5:35
Houston 14
San Diego 7 3rd Qtr 4:36
Kansas City 19
NY Jets 21 3rd Qtr 7:17
Miami 24
Chicago 6 4th Qtr 14:11
Minnesota 10
Philadelphia 24 3rd Qtr 7:25
NY Giants 16
New Orleans 7 3rd Qtr 1:10
Tampa Bay 20
Carolina 3:25 PM
Atlanta
Detroit 3:25 PM
Green Bay
Oakland 3:25 PM
Denver
Arizona 3:25 PM
San Francisco
St. Louis 3:25 PM
Seattle
Cincinnati 7:30 PM
Pittsburgh
TBA 1/3/15 2:00 AM
TBA
TBA 1/3/15 2:00 AM
TBA
TBA 1/4/15 2:00 AM
TBA
TBA 1/4/15 2:00 AM
TBA
Detroit 3:30 PM
Cleveland
Houston 6:00 PM
San Antonio
Oklahoma City 6:30 PM
Dallas
New York 8:00 PM
Portland
Toronto 8:00 PM
Denver
Phoenix 8:30 PM
LA Lakers
Toronto 4:00 PM
Florida
Vancouver 7:00 PM
Anaheim
Tulane 57 FINAL
St Johns 82
Central Conn St 48 FINAL
Connecticut 81
Iona 81 FINAL
Drexel 62
Concordia (MI) 42 FINAL
Eastern Mich 100
Harvard 34 2nd Half 15:47
Arizona State 38
Longwood 22 2nd Half 18:58
Ball State 28
Sacred Heart 37 2nd Half
Brown 40
Colgate 33 2nd Half
Columbia 31
MD-Eastern Shore 56 2nd Half 13:51
Duquesne 47
UNC Greensboro 28 2nd Half 18:57
East Carolina 48
Marist 18 2nd Half 19:10
Elon 34
NJIT 31 2nd Half
Lafayette 33
Cincinnati Christian 27 2nd Half 18:47
Liberty 34
Morgan State 17 2nd Half 20:00
Marquette 37
Campbell 23 2nd Half 18:51
Samford 28
Bucknell 43 2nd Half 16:47
Siena 39
Long Beach State 40 2nd Half
Syracuse 44
Coppin State 30 2nd Half
Evansville 45
UMKC 29 2nd Half 19:11
Indiana State 32
Hofstra 35 1st Half 3:52
Long Island 20
Coast Guard 0 1st Half 19:08
Army 3
Thomas (GA) 2:00 PM
High Point
Texas Southern 2:00 PM
Kansas State
Rutgers 5 1st Half 17:11
Monmouth 7
NC Wesleyan 4 1st Half 16:42
NC A&T 3
South Dakota St 2 1st Half 18:18
Northern Iowa 0
Central Penn College 0 1st Half 19:6
Radford 2
Bowling Green 4 1st Half 16:47
South Florida 3
Harris-Stowe 7 1st Half 15:53
SE Missouri St 10
Robert Morris-IL 2 1st Half 15:43
SIU Edwardsville 10
Northland College 6 1st Half 16:43
North Dakota St 9
Milwaukee 2 1st Half 17:32
South Dakota 4
Northwestern St 2:30 PM
Arkansas
Saint Peters 3:00 PM
Cornell
St Katherine 3:00 PM
Fresno State
Haskell 3:00 PM
Oral Roberts
Wake Forest 3:00 PM
Richmond
Fla Gulf Coast 3:00 PM
Xavier
SD Christian 3:05 PM
Northern Ariz
Judson 3:30 PM
IUPU-Ft Wayne
Ill-Chicago 4:00 PM
Bradley
Loyola-Maryland 4:00 PM
Fairfield
Miss Valley St 4:00 PM
Houston
Lehigh 4:00 PM
UMBC
Delaware State 4:00 PM
Temple
Belmont 5:00 PM
Butler
Howard 5:00 PM
Fordham
NW Christian 5:00 PM
Nevada
UC Davis 5:00 PM
Washington St
Abilene Christian 5:00 PM
Grand Canyon
UCLA 5:30 PM
Alabama
Stony Brook 7:00 PM
Washington
Buffalo 7:00 PM
Wisconsin
CS-Bakersfield 9:00 PM
California
Cincinnati 17 FINAL
Virginia Tech 33
(15) Arizona State 36 FINAL
Duke 31
Miami-Florida 21 FINAL
So Carolina 24
Boston College 30 FINAL
Penn State 31
(25) Nebraska 42 FINAL
(24) USC 45
Texas A&M 12/29/14 1:00 PM
West Virginia
Oklahoma 12/29/14 4:30 PM
(18) Clemson
Arkansas 12/29/14 8:00 PM
Texas
Notre Dame 12/30/14 2:00 PM
(22) LSU
(13) Georgia 12/30/14 5:45 PM
(20) Louisville
Maryland 12/30/14 9:00 PM
Stanford
(9) Ole Miss 12/31/14 11:30 AM
(6) TCU
(21) Boise State 12/31/14 3:00 PM
(12) Arizona
(8) Miss State 12/31/14 7:00 PM
(10) Georgia Tech
(19) Auburn 1/1/15 11:00 AM
(17) Wisconsin
(7) Michigan State 1/1/15 11:30 AM
(4) Baylor
(16) Missouri 1/1/15 12:00 PM
Minnesota
(2) Florida State 1/1/15 4:00 PM
(3) Oregon
(5) Ohio State 1/1/15 7:30 PM
(1) Alabama
Houston 1/2/15 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Iowa 1/2/15 2:20 PM
Tennessee
(11) Kansas State 1/2/15 5:45 PM
(14) UCLA
Washington 1/2/15 9:15 PM
Oklahoma State
East Carolina 1/3/15 11:00 AM
Florida
Toledo 1/4/15 8:00 PM
Arkansas State
Drexel 71 FINAL
Miami-Ohio 54
Holy Cross 63 FINAL
Norfolk State 62
East Carolina 62 FINAL
South Florida 69
(10) Oregon State 63 FINAL
(8) Tennessee 74
Providence 51 FINAL
Boston College 79
Florida A&M 47 FINAL
Miami-Florida 83
Oakland 69 FINAL
Central Michigan 74
Chattanooga 59 FINAL
SIU-Edwardsville 49
Fairfield 59 FINAL
La Salle 73
St Francis-PA 31 2nd Half 18:50
Pittsburgh 51
Milwaukee 37 2nd Half 18:25
IUPU-Ft Wayne 37
Gardner-Webb 32 2nd Half 17:08
Longwood 32
New Hampshire 16 2nd Half 20:00
Manhattan 29
Bucknell 36 2nd Half
Binghamton 34
Northeastern 45 2nd Half 13:59
Albany 39
George Mason 21 2nd Half 20:00
Towson 33
Richmond 25 2nd Half
William & Mary 37
Tulane 32 2nd Half 18:58
Cincinnati 20
North Florida 30 2nd Half
Florida 34
(14) Georgia 25 2nd Half
Seton Hall 33
Tennessee St 35 2nd Half
(12) Kentucky 47
American Univ 39 2nd Half 16:18
Wake Forest 48
Massachusetts 44 2nd Half
Boston U 32
Quinnipiac 36 2nd Half 19:16
Saint Josephs 34
Lafayette 31 2nd Half 13:53
Saint Peters 20
Northwestern 29 2nd Half
(20) Michigan State 22
Duquesne 37 2nd Half 20:00
Lehigh 35
George Washington 44 2nd Half 17:16
Loyola-Maryland 28
(17) Rutgers 28 2nd Half
Indiana 24
(24) Green Bay 42 2nd Half 20:00
Dayton 33
Western Mich 11 1st Half 9:57
Stony Brook 13
Davidson 26 1st Half 2:37
Virginia 34
UNC Greensboro 2:00 PM
LSU
Denver 2:00 PM
North Texas
VA Commonwealth 0 1st Half 20:00
Coppin State 0
Huston-Tillotson 2 1st Half 16:04
Houston Baptist 6
Lamar 3 1st Half 18:07
Rice 2
Miss Valley St 0 1st Half 20:00
Alabama 0
Saint Louis 0 1st Half 20:00
Eastern Illinois 0
Middle Tennessee 0 1st Half 20:00
Tenn Tech 0
Penn State 0 1st Half 20:00
(23) Iowa 0
Purdue 0 1st Half 18:55
Illinois 2
DePaul 2:05 PM
Illinois State
Sam Houston St 0 1st Half 19:04
Wichita State 5
South Dakota 2:30 PM
TX-San Antonio
(4) Notre Dame 3:00 PM
UCLA
Coll of Charleston 3:00 PM
SC State
Alcorn State 3:00 PM
Texas-El Paso
Dartmouth 3:00 PM
Niagara
Colgate 3:00 PM
Siena
Michigan 3:00 PM
Wisconsin
Fla Gulf Coast 3:00 PM
CS-Northridge
Yale 3:30 PM
(25) Arizona State
UC Santa Barbara 4:00 PM
(16) Stanford
Long Island 4:00 PM
Long Beach St
Jackson State 4:00 PM
Louisiana
Eureka 4:30 PM
Western Ill
Cornell 5:00 PM
(22) Syracuse
Temple 7:30 PM
Memphis
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