Chart: Amelia Rayno predicts the Big Ten race

  • Updated: October 31, 2013 - 11:36 PM
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Standout guard Gary Harris (14) and Michigan State will again be the team to beat in the Big Ten, with Michigan close behind.

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Gazing into the crystal basketball

Staff writer Amelia Rayno handicaps the Big Ten men’s basketball race at the start of preseason play:

 

1 Michigan State

How can you deny it? The Spartans are loaded with talent, starting with Gary Harris, who could be the conference player of the year.

 

2 Michigan

Sure, the Wolverines watched Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. head to the NBA, but Michigan has plenty of stars in waiting. Glen Robinson III and Mitch McGary could each take the next step.

 

3 Ohio State

Who will replace all of Deshaun Thomas’ points? It just might be LaQuinton Ross. Solid defense will keep the Buckeyes highly competitive while the point distribution works itself out.

 

4 Indiana

The Hoosiers lost more than any Big Ten team, but they still have a highly respected coach in Tom Crean, a worthy point guard in Yogi Ferrell and a nice restocking of players with the nation’s sixth-ranked recruiting class.

 

5 Wisconsin

It’s hard to ever count out the Badgers. A lot of weight will be put on the shoulders of youngsters Ben Brust and Sam Dekker. Can they lead the way to a 16th consecutive Big Dance berth? I think yes.

 

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Atlanta 7 FINAL
Pittsburgh 5
Miami 5 FINAL
St. Louis 3
Baltimore - LP: K. Gausman 4 FINAL
Detroit - WP: J. Nathan 6
Minnesota 4 FINAL
Boston 5
NY Yankees 5 FINAL
Tampa Bay 6
Philadelphia 1 FINAL
Toronto 4
Cincinnati 13 FINAL
Cleveland 2
Los Angeles 9 FINAL
Chicago WSox 6
Kansas City 3 FINAL
Seattle 0
Seattle 1 FINAL
Milwaukee 15
San Diego 3 FINAL
Arizona 3
NY Mets 8 FINAL
Washington 3
LA Angels 8 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 4
Colorado 0 Top 5th Inning
Texas 2
Oakland 0 Bottom 1st Inning
San Francisco 0
Indiana 101 4th Qtr 2:33
Milwaukee 108
Pittsburgh 2 FINAL
Carolina 5
New Jersey 2 FINAL(OT)
Washington 3
Los Angeles 3 FINAL
NY Islanders 2
Arizona 4 FINAL(OT)
Buffalo 3
Anaheim 3 FINAL(OT)
Boston 2
Nashville 3 FINAL
Tampa Bay 2
San Jose 6 FINAL
Detroit 4
NY Rangers 5 FINAL
Ottawa 1
Florida 4 FINAL
Toronto 1
Montreal 1 3rd Prd 11:52
Winnipeg 4
Colorado 0 1st Prd 11:22
Vancouver 0
Wichita State 70 FINAL
Notre Dame 81
North Carolina 72 FINAL
Wisconsin 79
Evansville 69 2nd Half 7:02
Louisiana 63
West Virginia 10 1st Half 7:36
Kentucky 30
Xavier 9:26 PM
Arizona
St Johns 55 FINAL
Villanova 63
NC State 79 FINAL
Temple 80
Missouri 55 FINAL
Michigan 65
Oral Roberts 64 FINAL
Louisiana 65
Duquesne 39 FINAL
West Virginia 60
Ole Miss 70 FINAL
Middle Tennessee 82
Northern Colorado 13 1st Half 11:13
UCLA 15
St Marys-CA 17 1st Half 12:25
Sacramento St 9
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