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The Really B1G Basketball Preview

Capsules for all 14 men's basketball teams plus predictions

Iowa Hawkeyes forward Aaron White (30) swats the ball from Wisconsin Badgers guard Traevon Jackson (12) during the first
Iowa Hawkeyes forward Aaron White (30) swats the ball from Wisconsin Badgers guard Traevon Jackson (12) during the first half at Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin on Sunday, January 5, 2014. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette-KCRG TV9)

CHICAGO — The round-robin era of Big Ten basketball is over. Who you play once will matter as much as when and where you play them.

Outside of Wisconsin, anywhere from five to nine teams have a chance to finish among the league’s best teams. With the Big Ten now at 14 teams, each school plays five opponents twice and eight opponents once. Of those single-plays, four are at home. Rarely can a team assume a road win in Big Ten play, so when it has advantageous match-ups, it must exploit them.

Let’s look at a pair of contenders. Michigan’s single-play road games are at Indiana, Maryland, Purdue and Penn State. None of those teams qualified for either the NCAA or NIT last year. The Wolverines’ single-play home games are Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin. Three teams advanced to the NCAA tournament and Minnesota won the NIT. The location of those games are the difference between a solid NCAA tournament resume and bubble status.

Illinois’ single-play road games are at Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin. Its home games are against Indiana, Penn State, Rutgers and Maryland. The Illini might run the table at home and could lose all four on the road. If the locations were flipped, Illinois might go 5-3 or 6-2 against the bunch and help its RPI late in the season. The Illini also open Big Ten play with four of five on the road.

Purdue, however, is helped immensely by the single-play format. It plays Iowa, Maryland, Michigan and Nebraska at home. If those games were staged the road, the Boilermakers could lose all four. At Mackey Arena, Purdue could sweep them.

“f you don’t play everybody and you get one of those breaks with the top four teams you play once and the bottom four teams you play twice, there’s going to be a big difference in your win-loss record,” Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo said.

Either way, it’s a new era for Big Ten basketball. Here’s a breakdown of all 14 teams, predictions in conference play and a composite schedule for the 2014-15 season, which opens Friday.

WISCONSIN (30-7, 12-6)

Last season finish: Final Four (lost 74-73 to Kentucky)

Starters returning/lost: 4/1

Key returnees: C Frank Kaminsky (14.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg); F Sam Dekker (12.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg); G Traevon Jackson (10.7 ppg, 4.0 apg); G Josh Gasser (8.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 47 3PT); F Nigel Hayes (7.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg); G Bronson Koenig (3.3 ppg, 1.2 apg)

Key losses: Ben Brust (graduation)

Key newcomer: F Ethan Hopp (3 stars by Rivals)

Projected starters: PG Jackson, SG Gasser, SF Dekker, PF Hayes, C Kaminsky

Quotable: “I think challenges for coaches and coaches’ staffs are the same whether you finished bottom half of your league, if you finished .500. Still, for the next season, what you’re looking to do is try to see if you can continue to develop your players. That’s our job. We’re mentors. We’re trying to get them better, not just as individuals but as teammates. I’ve always approached every season the same way, this being my 43rd in this profession. You can’t possibly think that I woke up this fall thinking, oh, wow, I’m going to do something different this year. We’re not. The coaching staff isn’t. The players are the ones that put a lot of time in the off season. The returning players, they’re hoping that pays off, and that’s all you can do.” — Wisconsin Coach Bo Ryan

Outlook: Wisconsin returns the guts from a Final Four team that lost a last-second, one-point heartbreaker to Kentucky. It boasts a versatile lineup and perhaps the nation’s best frontcourt in Kaminsky, Dekker and Hayes. Guards Traevon Jackson and Josh Gasser are veterans who have played big roles for several years. The Badgers will miss perimeter shooter and underrated rebounder Ben Brust, but sophomore Bronson Koenig proved he can step into that role adequately. Wisconsin faces a challenging non-conference schedule with games against Duke, Marquette, possibly Florida and UCLA/North Carolina/Oklahoma at the Battle 4 Atlantis. Its double-plays are manageable against Big Ten competition (Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State).

Prediction: First Big Ten; NCAA Final Four

MICHIGAN STATE (29-9, 12-6)

Last season finish: Elite Eight (lost 60-54 to UConn)

Starters returning/lost: 2/3

Key returnees: F Branden Dawson (11.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg); F Denzel Valentine (8.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.8 apg); G Travis Trice (7.3 ppg); C Matt Costello (4.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg), Alvin Ellis III (1.9 ppg, 0.6 rpg)

Key losses: F Adreian Payne, G Keith Appling, G Gary Harris (turned pro), F Kenny Kaminski (dismissed from team)

Key newcomers: F Marvin Clark (3), F Javon Bess (3), G Lourawls Nairn (4), G Bryn Forbes (transfer from Cleveland State, eligible immediately), G Eron Harris (transfer from West Virginia, must sit out)

Projected starters: PG Trice, G Ellis III, F Valentine, F Dawson, C Costello

Quotable: “I kind of like this team. I think it’s a team with the same kind of passion we had last year, the same kind of camaraderie, but a little better leadership. Last year just wasn’t — it wasn’t a strength of our team. It wasn’t necessarily a weakness, but we had — we didn’t have quite the leadership that I think we have with Travis Trice and Denzel Valentine. So with Trice and Valentine, there’s no question, thee big losses were Appling, Harrison and Adreian Payne, but in Appling’s case he had a tough second half of the year and Trice was playing pretty well so he got a lot of experience. And because Payne went down for eight or nine games, Costello got some experience, but our big three will be those three with Dawson being a big key this year. Does he take another step up, does he average the 15, 16 points, eight, nine rebounds that he did the last six, seven games of the season once he got back? If he does that, I think this team could progress greatly here in the months to come.” — Coach Tom Izzo

Outlook: Michigan State faces a challenging road back to the Elite Eight. The Spartans lost three of its top players in point guard Keith Appling, shooting guard Gary Harris and power forward Adreian Payne, the latter two were NBA first-round draft picks. There is some talent left behind with wing Denzel Valentine and forward Branden Dawson. Point guard Travis Trice has significant experience. The Spartans will be competitive as always but they need one of their newcomers (or Ellis) to become a scoring threat from the backcourt. If that happens, they’ll fight for a top-four seed in the NCAA tournament. If not, they’ll still get there but it won’t be easy.

Prediction: Second Big Ten; NCAA Sweet Sixteen

MICHIGAN (28-9, 15-3)

Last season finish: Elite Eight (lost 75-72 to Kentucky)

Starters returning/lost: 2/3

Key returnees: G Caris LeVert (12.9 ppg, 2.9 apg, 4.4 rpg), G Derrick Walton Jr. (7.9 ppg, 2.9 apg), G/F Zak Irvin (6.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg), G Spike Albrecht (3.3 ppg, 2.1 apg)

Key losses: G Nik Stauskas (turned pro); F Glenn Robinson III (turned pro); C Mitch McGary (turned pro); C Jordan Morgan, C Jon Horford (transfer)

Key newcomers: F Kameron Chatman (4), F D.J. Wilson (3), G Austin Hatch (3), F Ricky Doyle (3), G Muhammad-Ali Abdur Rahkman (3); F Duncan Robinson (transfer from Williams College; must sit out)

Projected starters: PG Walton, G LeVert, G Irvin, F Chatman, F Mark Donnal (red-shirt from last year)

Quotable: “I’m as hungry or probably hungrier than ever to get back there (the Final Four). So I think it’s great motivation for everybody because they’ve experienced that run. It’s maybe not getting there, it’s the way you get there and how you get there and those moments in between, the journey. It makes it so valuable. So yes, it’s hard. You’d like to stay injury-free, and you also have to — you’re going to have — I don’t care who you are, it’s very normal to have times during that year where you’re not going to play well. You won’t look like a Final Four team, and that’s exactly what you may need in February or late January or even in March.” — Coach John Beilein

Outlook: Michigan won the league by three games last year, but it lost the league MVP in Nik Stauskas and two other NBA draft picks in Glenn Robinson III and center Mitch McGary. Two key centers — Jordan Morgan (graduation), Jon Horford (transfer) — left the program. Caris LeVert thrived as a complementary piece last year and became a second-team all-Big Ten guard, but now he’ll face every opponent’s best defender. Derrick Walton, Zak Irvin and Spike Albrecht all have a chance to develop vital roles going forward, but one of Michigan’s true freshmen must become an immediate contributor the way Trey Burke and Stauskas did. It’s likely the team starts slow as it develops, but it could be a formidable club by late season.

Prediction: Third Big Ten; NCAA third round

OHIO STATE (25-10, 10-8)

Last season finish: NCAA second round (lost 60-59 to Dayton)

Starters returning/lost: 2/3

Key returnees: F Sam Thompson (7.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg); C Amir Williams (7.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg); G Shannon Scott (7.5 ppg, 3.6 apg, 3.4 rpg); G Marc Loving (4.4 ppg, 1.7 rpg); C Trey McDonald (2.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg)

Key losses: F LaQuinton Ross (turned pro), G Aaron Craft, G Lenzelle Smith Jr., G Amedeo Della Valle (European pro)

Key newcomers: G D’Angelo Russell (5), F Keita Bates-Diop (4), F Jae-Sean Tate (4), C David Bell (3), F Anthony Lee (transfer from Temple; eligible immediately), C Trevor Thompson (transfer from Virginia Tech; must sit out)

Projected starters: PG Scott, G Russell, G Loving, F Thompson, C Williams

Quotable: “I think with D’Angelo (Russell), all I can say right now is I’m very pleased with how he’s playing in practice, the strides he’s making. He’s doing a great job of kind of taking the court over every time he steps on the court. How does that factor into once we start playing games, the lights are on? He’s played in some huge basketball games throughout his high school career, AAU career. And he’s come up — two high school national championships with Montverde is impressive. He’s going to have some ups and downs, but I like his demeanor. I like the things that he can do on the court, and we’ve got to keep coaching him and keep him as healthy as we can.” — Coach Thad Matta

Outlook: The Buckeyes lost all-time favorite Aaron Craft plus two other starters, yet many people expect Ohio State to fight for a spot among the league’s top two or three programs. That has everything to do with newcomer D’Angelo Russell, a five-star shooting guard from Louisville. Russell likely replaces Michigan State draft pick Gary Harris as the league’s top shooting guard and gives the Buckeyes a backcourt scoring threat they haven’t had since Evan Turner. Freshmen Keita Bates-Diop and Jae-Sean Tate provide depth and points at forward. If Sam Thompson can fulfill his potential at forward, Amir Williams becomes a consistent force inside and Shannon Scott emerges as a top point guard — all realistic goals — the Buckeyes can live up to expectations. But that’s relying on three true freshmen to carry the scoring load.

Prediction: Fourth Big Ten; NCAA Elite Eight

ILLINOIS (20-15, 7-11)

Last season finish: NIT second round (lost 50-49 at Clemson)

Starters returning/lost: 2/3

Key returnees: G Rayvonte Rice (15.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg); C/F Nnanna Egwu (6.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.1 bpg); G Kendrick Nunn (6.2 ppg, 1.7 rpg); G Malcolm Hill (4.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg)

Key losses: G Joseph Bertrand, F Jon Ekey, PG Tracy Abrahms (ACL), F Darius Paul (left for junior college)

Key newcomers: G Ahmad Starks (Oregon State transfer); G Aaron Cosby (Seton Hall transfer); F Leron Black (4); F Michael Finke (3)

Projected starters: G Cosby, G Starks, G Rice, F Hill, C Egwu

Quotable: “We have four starters returning. We had two transfers sitting out that have made a real difference on our team. It’s very noticeable in practice. Both guys give us some more offensive fire power and punch and scoring. I love our experience with 11 out of 15 players having been in our program for at least a year, so we’ve got some continuity there and some maturity. We’re much further along at this point and this juncture than we would normally be because of that experience.” — Illinois Coach John Groce

Outlook: Outside of Iowa, no Big Ten squad had as many highs and lows as Illinois last year. At one point, the Illini were in last place limping through the league slate. Then Illinois won four of its last five regular-season games, culminating with a buzzer-beater at Iowa in the season finale that helped push the team into the NIT. Three primary scorers return, led by Rayvonte Rice, and transfers Ahmad Starks and Aaron Cosby are slated to start. But an ACL tear by point guard Tracy Abrams really hurt the off-season momentum. Still, there’s talent oozing out of this program, and Illinois has a shot to get back to the Big Ten’s mid-pack and possibly earn an NCAA berth.

Prediction: Fifth Big Ten; NCAA second round

PURDUE (15-17, 5-13)

Last season finish: Big Ten Tournament

Starters returning/lost: 3/2

Key returnees: C A.J. Hammons (10.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg), G Kendall Stephens (8.0 ppg); G Bryson Scott (6.2 ppg); G Raphael Davis (6.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg); G Basil Smotherman (5.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg); F Jay Simpson (4.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg)

Key losses: G Terone Johnson, G Ronnie Johnson (transfer), G Sterling Carter, F Errick Peck

Key newcomers: PG Jon Octeus (transfer from Colorado State), C Isaac Haas (4), G P.J. Thompson (3), F Vince Edwards (3), C Jacquil Taylor (3), G Dakota Mathias (3)

Projected starters: PG Octeus, G Stephens, G Davis, F Edwards, C Hammons

Quotable: “I said it last year, and I got interviewed late in the season about, you know, it’s not a school district; that’s on me. We just have to get more of a Purdue guy. We feel like we have done that. But also I thought last year, especially in conference play, in the last month and a half of the season, we weren’t getting beat by other teams in the Big Ten, we were beating ourselves. When you go three years ago, you’re the No. 1 ranked in the country in fewest turnovers and then you’re the second worst team in your league in that area and then you don’t make your free throws, you just keep putting yourself in position to win and then beating yourself. I think it’s going to be important for us to do some of those constants of being a good half court defensive team, taking care of the basketball. We’ve made some strides in rebounding the basketball, and I think if we do those things, we’ll be fine.” — Purdue Coach Matt Painter

Outlook: Since signing a new deal in 2011, Matt Painter’s Boilermakers are just 23-33 in Big Ten play. They finished in last place a year ago for the first time since his first season eight years ago. But Purdue wasn’t a typical last-place squad, either. It lost a home game at the buzzer in overtime to eventual champion Michigan. That kind of tenacity is embedded into the program. With and a favorable schedule and several talented newcomers, plus the league’s most physical and traditional center in A.J. Hammons, the Boilermakers have a shot at quick improvement. Is it good enough to return to the NCAA tournament? I wouldn’t rule it out.

Prediction: Fifth Big Ten; NIT

IOWA (20-13, 9-9)

Last season finish: NCAA first round (lost 78-65 to Tennessee in overtime)

Starters returning/lost: 3/2

Key returnees: F Aaron White (12.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg); G Mike Gesell (7.8 ppg, 4.0 apg), F Jarrod Uthoff (7.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg); G Josh Oglesby, 6.6 ppg, 31 3PT), C Gabe Olaseni (6.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.4 bpg), C Adam Woodbury (5.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg), G Peter Jok (4.4 ppg), Anthony Clemmons (2.4 ppg, 1.7 apg, 1.3 rpg)

Key losses: G Devyn Marble, F Melsahn Basabe, F Zach McCabe

Key newcomers: G Trey Dickerson (3), F Dominique Uhl (3), G Brady Ellingson (3)

Projected starters: PG Clemmons, SG Gesell, SF Uthoff, PF White, C Woodbury

Quotable: “The leadership and talent, obviously it shifts to Aaron White. It’s Aaron White’s team. But again, he’s got two other seniors and four juniors, all of whom played a lot, and they’re all good people and they’re all good players. The other part of it I think is harder to replace because we relied on him so much, not only in terms of those shots you talked about but also as a point guard at times, we posted him up, we used him in a lot of ways. Somebody else is going to have to step up and score those points and take those shots. We have a number of candidates, Josh Oglesby and Peter Jok in particular at that position, but I think you’ll see a different Mike Gesell and I think you’re going to see a completely different Jarrod Uthoff in particular. All of those guys are gifted offensive players, and I think that’s where it’ll come from.” — Coach Fran McCaffery

Outlook: Iowa returns one of the league’s best frontcourts in Aaron White, Adam Woodbury, Jarrod Uthoff and Gabe Olaseni. But the backcourt is where this team becomes either a contender or a middling program this year. Devyn Marble was all-everything last year, and the Hawkeyes will need either Mike Gesell, Anthony Clemmons, Peter Jok or Josh Oglesby to step up as a primary scorer. Also, Iowa will count on newcomer Trey Dickerson to push tempo on offense. If the Hawkeyes can run good offense, get productive scoring from their guards and defend effectively along the perimeter, they will advance to their second straight NCAA tournament berth. If not, it will be a white-knuckle ride all the way to Selection Sunday.

Prediction: Seventh Big Ten; NCAA third round

MINNESOTA (25-13, 8-10)

Last season finish: NIT champions

Starters returning/lost: 3/2

Key returnees: G Andre Hollins (13.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg); PG DeAndre Mathieu (12.0 ppg, 4.2 apg); C Mo Walker (7.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg); F Joey King (7.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg); C Elliott Eliason (5.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg)

Key losses: G Austin Hollins, G Malik Smith, F Oto Osenieks, G Zach Lofton (dismissed after transferring from Illinois State)

Key newcomers: G Carlos Morris (3 — junior college transfer); G Nate Mason (3); F Josh Martin (3); C Bakery Konate (3); F Gaston Diedhou (3)

Projected starters: PG Mathieu, G Hollins, G Morris, F Martin, C Konate

Quotable: “Winning the NIT, it’s just a weird — nobody knows how to handle it. Do you brag about it? Do you talk about it? You know, he didn’t even put it in the notes, the Big Ten guy. I noticed that. That’s OK, though. But, certainly, your goal is to get into the NCAA Tournament every year. We know that. But when you get in the NIT, it’s really difficult, and you’re playing some really good teams with great competition. So our guys are very proud, especially of those last two games. You play Florida State. Again, it was a very good team. You beat a very good SMU team. They were certainly very proud of it. But that’s not the goal to be in the NIT, and I think everybody in the locker room knows that.” — Coach Richard Pitino

Outlook: The Gophers boast the league’s quickest and most aggressive backcourt in Mathieu and Hollins. Both can get to the hole, defend and make plays for others. Minnesota is solid at center with a combination of Mo Walker and Elliott Eliason, who combined for nearly 13 points and more than 11 rebounds a game. Joey King is a hardworking, dependable player at power forward. But for Minnesota to push through and become a top-tier Big Ten squad, it needs to develop depth that produces quickly. If it can, it will be a tough out in Big Ten and NCAA tournament play.

Prediction: Seventh Big Ten; NCAA Sweet Sixteen

NEBRASKA (19-13, 11-7)

Last season finish: NCAA second round (lost 74-60 to Baylor)

Starters returning/lost: 4/1

Key returnees: G/F Terran Petteway (18.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg); G/F Shavon Shields (12.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg); G Tai Webster (3.9 ppg, 2.0 apg); F Walter Pitchford (9.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg); G David Rivers 3.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg); G Benny Parker (2.4 ppg)

Key losses: G Ray Gallegos, G Nathan Hawkins, C Sergej Vucetic, F Leslee Smith (ACL injury)

Key newcomers: G Tarin Smith (3), C Jacob Hammond (3), C/F Moses Ayegba (transfer from Georgetown; immediately eligible), F Andrew White III (transfer from Kansas; must sit out)

Projected starters: G Webster, G Shields, G Petteway, F Rivers, C Pitchford

Quotable: “I think it’s important that the guys understand that your college experience only happens once. Take every day, live in every moment, embrace it, and try and get better every day. That’s kind of how we try and stay in the moment all the time. Expectations are what they are, but nobody should have higher expectations for us than ourselves. The one thing I’ll tell you about this group is I think they remember blowing an 18 point lead to Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament. They lost their mojo, did not practice the next week going into the NCAA Tournament, did not play well against Baylor, at least for the portion that I was there, and then — don’t ask me about that. I’ll get fined.” — Coach Tim Miles

Outlook: Nebraska truly came from nowhere to become a formidable Big Ten squad last year. The Cornhuskers were picked for last and finished in fourth. They moved into a new arena and lost just one game there, a 71-70 heartbreaker to eventual Big Ten champion Michigan. Nebraska’s Terran Petteway led the Big Ten in scoring and was the league’s most explosive offensive player. The most important question facing Nebraska is how will it handle success? Can it maintain good chemistry, effort and toughness when teams consider it an elite contender? What will Petteway do for an encore? But with Tim Miles as coach, anything is possible. With his humble roots and infectious personality, he’s likely to develop Nebraska from a one-year wonder to a perennial Big Ten contender.

Prediction: Seventh Big Ten; NCAA third round

MARYLAND (17-15, 9-9)

Last season finish: ACC tournament

Starters returning/lost: 3/2

Key returnees: G Dez Wells (14.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg); F Jake Layman (11.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg); F Evan Smotrycz (11.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg); F Charles Mitchell (6.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg); G Roddy Peters (4.1 ppg, 1.3 rpg); F Jon Graham (1.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg)

Key losses: F Charles Mitchell (transfer); G Seth Allen (transfer); F Shaquille Cleare (transfer); G Nick Faust (transfer); G Roddy Peters (transfer); C Trayvon Reed (not allowed to enroll)

Key newcomer: C Michal Cekovsky (4), G Melo Trimble (4), Jared Nickens (4), G Dion Wiley (4), G Richaud Peck (graduate student from North Carolina A&T)

Projected starters: PG Wells, G Trimble, F Layman, F Graham, C Cekovsky

Quotable: “Obviously with a season you’re always excited, but when you’re joining a new league, it even makes it a little bit more exciting. I guess it’s the unknown, not sure what you’re getting into. I’ve followed a lot of these coaches for a long time, followed the program, so I know they’re all excellent coaches, great programs, and, arguably, it’s been the best league in the country the last four or five years. So with that said, there’s a lot of anticipation going into it, and we’re looking forward to it. It’s a great league, and we’re excited about being in the Big Ten.” — Coach Mark Turgeon

Outlook: Maryland has enough holdovers and incoming talent to compete in most Big Ten games, especially at home. Melo Trimble might become one of the league’s top players as a true freshman, and he’ll combine with Dez Wells to have a potent backcourt. But a rash of oversigning led to five transfers since last season. The concerns begin with the lack of institutional memory. Maryland played just one Big Ten team last year (Ohio State) and lost by 16 points. There’s a rhythm to league play, and the Terrapins haven’t faced most of their opponents. Plus, there are always issues when there’s a mix of holdovers with newcomers. It might take the Terrapins a year to adjust before they compete in the Big Ten’s upper echelon.

Prediction: Seventh Big Ten; NIT

INDIANA (17-15, 7-11)

Last season finish: Big Ten Tournament

Starters returning/lost: 2/3

Key returnees: G Yogi Ferrell (17.3 ppg, 3.8 apg); F Troy Williams (7.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg); G Stanford Robinson (6.4 ppg, 2.5 apg); F Hanner Mosquera-Perea (2.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg), F Devin Davis (2.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg)

Key losses: F Noah Vonleh (turned pro), F Will Sheehey, G Evan Gordon, F Jeremy Hollowell (transfer), F Luke Fischer (transfer), F Austin Etherington (transfer)

Key newcomer: G James Blackmon (5), G Robert Johnson (4), F Max Hoetzel (3), G Nick Zeisloft (transfer from Illinois State), F Emmitt Holt (3)

Projected starters: PG Ferrell, G Zeisloft, G Johnson, G Blackmon, F Mosquera-Perea,

Quotable: “We’re trying to get ourselves to a point right now where we can look at every day and know that we are tenacious, that we are on the attack, and that we are fundamentally driven, and that’s the goal. It’s been the goal since the season ended when we started spring workouts the week after our season, and it has been the goal with every new player that’s come in. We’re at 60 percent of a new team right now, but getting the team to understand every day the compete level that they have to have, the togetherness that they have to have, the ability to move the ball, to move their bodies, to understand the value of defense. If you’re going to be any good in this league, you have to defend and rebound. Last year we ended up being sixth in the country in rebound margin, and we lost a pretty good rebounder in Noah Vonleh, so that’s one of the things we have to get established that we can rebound the ball, and if you’re going to be good in this league you’ve got to be able to get back in defense and stop the transition because there’s so many great fast break teams in this league.” — Coach Tom Crean

Outlook: No program faces greater turmoil than Indiana entering this year. The Hoosiers lost the Big Ten’s top rebounder in Noah Vonleh and had three players transfer out of the program. Five different players were arrested for alcohol offenses since February, four players are suspended to open the season and freshman forward Emmitt Holt ran over forward Devin Davis with his car two weeks ago. Davis remains hospitalized with a head injury. Coach Tom Crean said he plans to become more stern with his players and bemoaned the lack of leadership. After missing the postseason altogether last year, many could say it starts with Crean. Unless dynamic point guard Yogi Ferrell combines with five-star guard James Blackmon to form a vital scoring tandem, this team is likely to miss the NCAA tournament yet again. That could spell the end of the Crean era.

Prediction: 11th Big Ten; no postseason

NORTHWESTERN (14-19, 6-12)

Last season finish: Big Ten Tournament

Starters returning/lost: 4/1

Key returnees: G JerShon Cobb (12.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg); G Tre Demps (11.0 ppg, 2.3 apg); C Alex Olah (9.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg); G Dave Sobolewski (5.0 ppg, 2.3 apg); G/F Sanjay Lumpkin (3.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg); F Nathan Taphorn (2.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg)

Key losses: G Drew Crawford, F Kale Abrahamson (transfer), C Nikola Cerina

Key newcomers: F Victor Law (4), G Johnnie Vasser (3), G Bryant McIntosh (3), G Scott Lindsey (3), F Gavin Skelly (3), C Jeremiah Kriegsberg (transfer from Yale; immediately eligible)

Projected starters: PG McIntosh, G Cobb, F Lumpkin, F Law, C Olah

Quotable: “I’ve been really pleased with what the returning guys have done in the summer and fall that we’ve had. There’s a good vibe. The guys have good chemistry, which any time you have that many new players as a coach, you always worry about how the pieces are going to fit together. The guys are coming together, their practices have been spirited, and I think with anything, we’re just excited to kind of get out there and get going. It’s going to be important for us to get off to a good start to the season.” — Coach Chris Collins

Outlook: Three Big Ten games into the Collins’ era, the Wildcats appeared hopelessly overmatched in losing by a combined 76 points. Then Northwestern surprisingly fought back with five wins over its next seven games. Defense guided that stretch and with four returning starters, Northwestern could be in position to compete against its league brethren. Granted, it loses an all-time great in Drew Crawford, but Collins has assembled a talented incoming class and has four other starters returning. If they remain a strong defensive squad and the newcomers provide a dose of offense, the postseason is not only possible, but likely.

Prediction: 13th Big Ten; CBI

PENN STATE (16-18, 6-12)

Last season finish: CBI second round (lost 54-52 to Siena)

Starters returning/lost: 4/1

Key returnees: G D.J. Newbill (17.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg); F Brandon Taylor (9.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg); F Ross Travis (8.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg); G John Johnson (6.7 ppg); F Donovan Jack (6.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg); G Geno Thorpe (3.2 ppg); C Jordan Dickerson (1.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg)

Key losses: G Tim Frazier, G Graham Woodward (transfer)

Key newcomers: G Shep Garner (3), G Isaiah Washington (none), G Devin Foster (junior college)

Projected starters: PG Newbill, G Johnson, F Taylor, F Travis, C Dickerson

Quotable: “I have a good mixture of veterans and youth. I’m seeing that in practice. Obviously very good leader in D.J. Newbill. Ross Travis is coming along terrific helping him in his leadership. I developed a leadership council which I’m really fired up about. They’ve taken ownership of this team, and I’m noticing things in the locker room, in practice, in the weight room. As long as we continue to get better, I think we have a chance to be better than we were last year, and that’s the goal.” — Coach Pat Chambers

Outlook: Penn State lost one of the best players in school history in guard Tim Frazier. He was an explosive scoring threat and a do-it-all point guard. The Nittany Lions boast one of the nation’s most underrated pure scorers in senior guard D.J. Newbill. But without Frazier in tow, teams will try to lock down on Newbill, which means one of Penn State’s other three returning starters needs to become a strong complementary piece. If it doesn’t happen, this season will look like many others.

Prediction: 12th Big Ten; CBI

RUTGERS (12-21, 5-13)

Last season finish: American Conference Tournament

Starters returning/lost: 3/2

Key returnees: G Myles Mack (14.9 ppg, 4.3 apg); F Kadeem Jack (14.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg); F Junior Etou (5.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg); F Malick Kone (3.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg); G Kerwin Okoro (2.7 ppg, 0.9 rpg); C Greg Lewis (1.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg);

Key losses: F J.J. Moore, F Wally Judge, G Jerome Seagers (transfer), G Craig Brown (transfer), G D’Von Campbell (transfer)

Key newcomers: G Mike Williams (3), F Dwayne Foreman (3), C Ibrahima Diallo (3), G Bishop Daniels (3), F Ryan Johnson (none), C Shaquille Doorson (none)

Projected starters: PG Mack, G Daniels, G Jack, F Etou, C Lewis

Quotable: “We’re honored to be invited into the conference. We know where we are as far as the 14-team league, and again, it’s going to be a great challenge for us, and we just hope that we can be competitive and represent our school, our University, and our community in a respectful way.” — Rutgers Coach Eddie Jordan

Outlook: Other than TCU joining the Big 12, no other basketball program has to make up more distance in a new conference than Rutgers. It won only five games in the American Athletic Conference last year and now it shifts to the nation’s deepest, most competitive college basketball league. Rutgers did have a pair of competitive games against eventual national champion Connecticut, but it lost 92-31 in the AAC tournament to Louisville. It’s a stretch to think it can win more than two games in Big Ten play, especially after losing several starters to transfer. Its best chance at Big Ten wins come at the start with home games against Northwestern and Penn State. After that, the grind will be unforgiving and the competition will be relentless.

Prediction: 14th Big Ten; No postseason

PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

1. Wisconsin 14-4

2. Michigan State 13-5

3. Michigan 12-6

4. Ohio State 11-7

5. Illinois 10-8

5. Purdue 10-8

7. Iowa 9-9

7. Minnesota 9-9

7. Nebraska 9-9

7. Maryland 9-9

11. Indiana 7-11

12. Penn State 7-11

13. Northwestern 6-12

14. Rutgers 0-18

LEAGUE SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES EASTERN)

NOVEMBER

14

Mississippi Valley State at Indiana 7 p.m. BTN

Minnesota vs. Louisville [1] 7 p.m. ESPN

UMass-Lowell at Ohio State 7 p.m. BTN Plus

Morgan State at Penn State 7 p.m. BTN Plus

Samford at Purdue 7 p.m. BTN Plus

Wagner at Maryland 7:30 p.m. ESPN3

Houston Baptist at Northwestern 8 p.m. BTN Plus

Georgia Southern at Illinois 9 p.m. ESPN3

Michigan State at Navy 9 p.m. CBSSN

Northern Kentucky at Wisconsin 9 p.m. BTN

Hampton at Iowa 9:30 p.m. ESPN3

15

Hillsdale College at Michigan 2 p.m. ESPN3

16

UT-Chattanooga at Wisconsin 1 p.m. ESPNNEWS

Northern Kentucky at Nebraska 2 p.m. BTN Plus

IUPUI at Purdue 3 p.m. BTN

Fordham at Penn State 5 p.m. BTN

Coppin State at Illinois 6 p.m. BTN Plus

George Washington at Rutgers 7 p.m. BTN

17

Texas Southern at Indiana 6 p.m. BTN

Northwestern at Brown 7 p.m.

Central Connecticut State at Maryland 7:30 p.m. ESPN3

North Dakota State at Iowa 8 p.m. ESPN3

Bucknell at Michigan 8 p.m. BTN

18

Duke vs. Michigan State [2] 7 p.m. ESPN

Marquette at Ohio State 7:30 p.m. ESPN2

Western Kentucky at Minnesota 8 p.m. ESPN3

Central Arkansas at Nebraska 8 p.m. ESPN3

19

Fairleigh-Dickinson at Rutgers 7:30 p.m. BTN Plus

Green Bay at Wisconsin 9 p.m. BTN

20

Charlotte vs. Penn State [3] 5 p.m. ESPNU

Detroit at Michigan 6 p.m. BTN

Iowa vs. Texas [4] 7 p.m. ESPN2

Grambling at Purdue 7 p.m. BTN Plus

Fordham at Maryland 7:30 p.m. BTN Plus

SMU at Indiana 8 p.m. BTN

North Florida at Northwestern 8 p.m. BTN Plus

Franklin Pierce at Minnesota TBD BTN Plus

21

Loyola at Michigan State 7 p.m. BTN

Austin Peay at Illinois 8 p.m. ESPN3

Syracuse/California vs. Iowa [4] 5/7:30 p.m. ESPN2/ESPNU

South Carolina/Cornell vs. Penn State [3] TBD

22

Nebraska at Rhode Island 7 p.m. OSN

Lamar at Indiana 8 p.m. BTN

UMBC at Minnesota 8:30 p.m. BTN Plus

Boise State at Wisconsin 10 p.m. BTN

Elon at Northwestern TBD BTN Plus

23 St. Francis (N.Y.) at Rutgers 5 p.m. BTN Plus

Sacred Heart at Ohio State 7 p.m. BTN

TBD vs. Penn State [3] TBD

24

Kansas State vs. Purdue [5] 2:30 p.m. ESPN2

Arizona State vs. Maryland [6] 7 p.m. ESPNU

Santa Clara at Michigan State 7 p.m. BTN

Eastern Washington at Indiana 7:30 p.m. ESPNNEWS

Brown at Illinois 8 p.m. ESPN3

Pepperdine at Iowa 8 p.m. ESPN3

Oregon vs. Michigan [7] 9 p.m. ESPN3

25

St. Peter’s at Rutgers 7 p.m. BTN

Akron at Penn State 7:30 p.m. ESPN3

Nebraska-Omaha at Nebraska 8 p.m. ESPN3

Miami (Ohio) vs. Northwestern [8] 9:30 p.m. CBS Sports Network

Arizona/Missouri vs. Purdue [5] 2/7:30 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2

Alabama/Iowa State vs. Maryland [6] TBD ESPN2/ESPNU

VCU/Villanova vs. Michigan [7] TBD ESPN2/ESPNU

26

St. John’s vs. Minnesota [9] 7 p.m. ESPNU

Campbell at Ohio State 7 p.m. BTN

UAB vs. Wisconsin [10] 7 p.m. axs TV

Northern Illinois at Iowa 8:30 p.m. ESPN3

Virginia Tech/UNI vs. Northwestern TBD CBS Sports Network

TBD vs. Purdue [5] TBD TBD

27

Indiana State vs. Illinois [11] 5 p.m. Fox Sports 1

Rider vs. Michigan State [12] 6:30 p.m. ESPN2

Florida/Georgetown vs. Wisconsin [10] 3:30/9:30 p.m. ESPN/axs TV

28

James Madison at Ohio State 4 p.m. BTN

Monmouth at Maryland 7 p.m. BTN

Vanderbilt vs. Rutgers [13] 7 p.m. NBCSN

Gonzaga/Georgia vs. Minnesota [9] 3:30/6 p.m. ESPN2/ESPNU

Baylor/Memphis vs. Illinois [11] 8/10:30 p.m. Fox Sports 1

UNC Greensboro at Indiana 9 p.m. BTN

Ga. Tech/Marquette vs. Michigan State [12] TBD ESPN2/ESPNU

Tennessee-Martin at Nebraska TBD ESPN3

TBD vs. Wisconsin [10] TBD TBD

Penn State at Bucknell TBD TBD

29

Nicholls State at Michigan 4 p.m. BTN

Virginia/LaSalle vs. Rutgers [13] 7/9:30 p.m. NBCSN

Longwood at Iowa TBD BTN Plus

30 VMI at Maryland 6 p.m. ESPN3

TBD vs. Michigan State [12] TBD TBD

DECEMBER

1

Rutgers at Clemson [14] 7 p.m. ESPNU

Nebraska at Florida State [14] 7 p.m. ESPN2

2 P

Pittsburgh at Indiana [14] 7 p.m. ESPN2

Ohio State at Louisville [14] 9:30 p.m. ESPN

Illinois at Miami (Fla.) [14] 9 p.m. ESPN2/ESPNU

Syracuse at Michigan [14] 7:30 p.m. ESPN

North Carolina State at Purdue [14] 9 p.m. ESPN2/ESPNU

Minnesota at Wake Forest [14] 7 p.m. ESPNU

3

Virginia at Maryland [14] 9:15 p.m. ESPN2

Iowa at North Carolina [14] 7:30 p.m. ESPN

Georgia Tech at Northwestern [14] 9:15 p.m. ESPNU

Michigan State at Notre Dame [14] 7:15 p.m. ESPN2

Virginia Tech at Penn State [14] 7:15 p.m. ESPNU

Duke at Wisconsin [14] 9:30 p.m. ESPN

5

Western Carolina at Minnesota 7 p.m. ESPN3

6

NJIT at Michigan Noon BTN

Rutgers at Seton Hall Noon Fox Regional

Wisconsin at Marquette 12:30 p.m. CBS Sports

American at Illinois 2 p.m. ESPN3

Winthrop at Maryland 2 p.m. ESPN3

North Florida at Purdue 2 p.m. BTN Plus

Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Michigan State 2:15 p.m. BTN

Northwestern at Butler 4:30 p.m. FOX

Colgate at Ohio State 4:30 p.m. BTN

Penn State at Marshall 6 p.m. CBSSN

Savannah State at Indiana 7:30 p.m. BTN

UMBC at Iowa TBD BTN Plus

7

Creighton at Nebraska 7 p.m. BTN

8

IPFW at Purdue 7 p.m. ESPNU

North Dakota at Minnesota 9 p.m. ESPNU

9

Villanova vs. Illinois [15] 7 p.m. ESPN

New Hampshire at Rutgers 7 p.m. BTN

Louisville vs. Indiana [15] 9 p.m. ESPN

Alcorn State at Iowa 9 p.m. ESPNNEWS

Eastern Michigan at Michigan 9 p.m. ESPNU

10

North Carolina Central at Maryland 7 p.m. BTN

High Point at Ohio State 7 p.m. ESPNU

Arkansas State at Purdue 7 p.m. ESPN3

Southern at Minnesota 8 p.m. ESPN3

Incarnate Word at Nebraska 8 p.m. ESPN3

Duquesne at Penn State 9 p.m. BTN

Wisconsin at Milwaukee 9 p.m. ESPN2

12

Iowa State at Iowa 8 p.m. BTN

13

USC Upstate at Maryland 11 a.m. BTN

Morehead State at Ohio State 1 p.m. BTN

Nicholls State at Wisconsin 3 p.m. BTN

Grand Canyon at Indiana 5 p.m. BTN

Michigan at Arizona 5:15 p.m. ESPN

Oregon vs. Illinois [16] 7 p.m. BTN

Cincinnati at Nebraska 9 p.m. BTN

Purdue at Vanderbilt 9 p.m. SEC Network

14

George Washington at Penn State Noon ESPN3

Mississippi Valley State at Northwestern 6 p.m. BTN

Oakland at Michigan State 8 p.m. ESPNU

Manhattan vs. Rutgers [4] TBD

17

Hampton at Illinois 7 p.m. ESPNU

North Carolina A&T at Ohio State 7 p.m. BTN

Central Michigan at Northwestern 8 p.m. BTN Plus

Eastern Michigan at Michigan State 9 p.m. BTN

19

Seattle at Minnesota 8 p.m. BTN

20

SMU at Michigan Noon ESPN2

North Carolina vs. Ohio State [17] 1 p.m. CBS Sports

Missouri vs. Illinois [18] 2 p.m. ESPN2

Drexel vs. Penn State [19] 2 p.m. ESPN3

St. Francis (Pa.) at Rutgers 2 p.m. BTN Plus

Butler vs. Indiana [20] 2:30 p.m. Fox Sports 1

Western Michigan at Northwestern 3 p.m. BTN

Texas Southern at Michigan State 5 p.m. ESPNU

Notre Dame vs. Purdue [20] 5:15 p.m. BTN

Northern Iowa vs. Iowa [21] 7:30 p.m. BTN

21

Maryland at Oklahoma State 2 p.m. ESPN2

22

Illinois-Chicago at Northwestern 2 p.m. ESPN3

Dartmouth at Penn State 4 p.m. BTN Plus

The Citadel at Michigan State 6 p.m. BTN Plus

Miami (Ohio) at Ohio State 6 p.m. BTN

Gardner-Webb at Purdue 6 p.m. BTN Plus

New Orleans at Indiana 7 p.m. BTN Plus

North Florida at Iowa 8 p.m. ESPN3

Coppin State at Michigan 8 p.m. BTN

Furman at Minnesota 8 p.m. ESPN3

Hawaii vs. Nebraska [22] 8 p.m. Hawaii time ESPNU

Wisconsin at California 9 p.m. ESPN2

23

Sacred Heart at Rutgers 7 p.m. BTN

Wichita State/Loyola Marymount vs. Nebraska [22] TBD ESPN2/ESPNU

25

TBD vs. Nebraska [22] TBD TBD

27

Georgetown vs. Indiana [4] Noon ESPN2

Oakland at Maryland 5 p.m. BTN

Kennesaw State at Illinois TBD BTN

UNC-Wilmington at Minnesota TBD BTN Plus

Northern Kentucky at Northwestern TBD BTN Plus

Wright State at Ohio State TBD BTN

28

Buffalo at Wisconsin 1/8 p.m. BTN

Rutgers at Monmouth 3 p.m.

30

Northwestern at Rutgers Noon ESPNU

Iowa at Ohio State 1 p.m. ESPN2

Illinois at Michigan 3 p.m. ESPN2

Maryland at Michigan State 5 p.m. ESPN2

31

Indiana at Nebraska TBD BTN

Minnesota at Purdue TBD BTN

Penn State at Wisconsin TBD BTN

JANUARY

3

Minnesota at Maryland Noon BTN

Michigan at Purdue 2:15 p.m. BTN

Illinois at Ohio State Noon/6:30 p.m. ESPN/ESPNU

Penn State at Rutgers 6/8:30 p.m. ESPN2

4

Wisconsin at Northwestern 8:30 p.m. BTN

5

Indiana at Michigan State 7 p.m. BTN

Nebraska at Iowa 9 p.m. BTN

6

Michigan at Penn State 7 p.m. BTN

Ohio State at Minnesota 9 p.m. ESPN

7

Purdue at Wisconsin 7 p.m. BTN

Maryland at Illinois 9 p.m. BTN

8

Michigan State at Iowa 7 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2

Rutgers at Nebraska 9 p.m. ESPNU

10

Ohio State at Indiana Noon/1 p.m. ESPN/ESPNU

Minnesota at Michigan Noon/1 p.m. ESPN/ESPNU

Maryland at Purdue 2:30 p.m. BTN

11

Illinois at Nebraska 8:30 p.m. BTN

Northwestern at Michigan State TBD BTN

Wisconsin at Rutgers TBD BTN

13

Penn State at Indiana 7 p.m. BTN

Michigan at Ohio State 7 p.m. ESPN

Iowa at Minnesota 9 p.m. BTN

14

Rutgers at Maryland 7 p.m. BTN

Illinois at Northwestern 9 p.m. BTN

15

Nebraska at Wisconsin 9 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2

17

Rutgers at Minnesota Noon BTN

Purdue at Penn State 1 p.m. ESPNU

Ohio State at Iowa 2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2

Michigan State at Maryland 4 p.m. CBS

Northwestern at Michigan 8:15 p.m. BTN

18

Indiana at Illinois 1 p.m. BTN

20

Michigan at Rutgers 6:30 p.m. BTN

Minnesota at Nebraska 8:30 p.m. BTN

Iowa at Wisconsin 9 p.m. ESPN

21

Penn State at Michigan State 7 p.m. BTN

Purdue at Illinois 9 p.m. BTN

22

Ohio State at Northwestern 7 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2

Maryland at Indiana 9 p.m. ESPNU

24

Rutgers at Penn State Noon ESPNU

Iowa at Purdue Noon BTN

Illinois at Minnesota 2:15 p.m. BTN

Wisconsin at Michigan 4/7 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2

Michigan State at Nebraska 4/7 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2

25

Indiana at Ohio State 1:30 p.m. CBS Sports

Northwestern at Maryland 7:30 p.m. BTN

27

Nebraska at Michigan 7 p.m. ESPN

Michigan State at Rutgers 9 p.m. BTN

28

Minnesota at Penn State 7 p.m. BTN

Indiana at Purdue 9 p.m. BTN

29

Maryland at Ohio State 7 p.m. ESPN

31

Wisconsin at Iowa Noon ESPN/ESPN2

Penn State at Illinois 1 p.m. BTN

Rutgers at Indiana 3:15 p.m. BTN

Nebraska at Minnesota 6 p.m. BTN

Purdue at Northwestern 6 p.m. ESPNU

FEBRUARY

1

Michigan at Michigan State 1 p.m. CBS

3

Indiana at Wisconsin 7 p.m. ESPN

Northwestern at Nebraska 7:30 p.m. BTN

Rutgers at Illinois 9:30 p.m. BTN

4

Ohio State at Purdue 6:30 p.m. BTN

Penn State at Maryland 8:30 p.m. BTN

5

Iowa at Michigan 7 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2

7

Illinois at Michigan State Noon ESPN/ESPN2

Purdue at Minnesota 3 p.m. BTN

Nebraska at Penn State 4 p.m. ESPNU

Northwestern at Wisconsin 5:30 p.m. BTN

8

Michigan at Indiana 1 p.m. CBS Sports

Maryland at Iowa 3:15 p.m. BTN

Ohio State at Rutgers 5:30 p.m. BTN

10

Michigan State at Northwestern 7 p.m. BTN

Wisconsin at Nebraska 9 p.m. ESPN

11

Penn State at Ohio State 7 p.m. BTN

Indiana at Maryland 9 p.m. BTN

12

Minnesota at Iowa 7 p.m. BTN

Purdue at Rutgers 7 p.m. ESPNU

Michigan at Illinois 9 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2

14

Ohio State at Michigan State Noon ESPN or ESPN2

Maryland at Penn State 8:30 p.m. BTN

15

Illinois at Wisconsin 1 p.m. CBS

Iowa at Northwestern 3 p.m. BTN

Nebraska at Purdue 5:15 p.m. BTN

Minnesota at Indiana 7:30 p.m. BTN

17

Michigan State at Michigan 9 p.m. ESPN

18

Wisconsin at Penn State 7 p.m. BTN

Northwestern at Minnesota 9 p.m. BTN

19

Purdue at Indiana 7 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2

Nebraska at Maryland 7 p.m. BTN

Rutgers at Iowa 8 p.m. ESPNU

21

Minnesota at Wisconsin Noon ESPN or ESPN2

Penn State at Northwestern 3 p.m. ESPNU

22

Michigan State at Illinois TBD CBS or BTN

Ohio State at Michigan TBD CBS or BTN

Iowa at Nebraska TBD CBS or BTN

Indiana at Rutgers TBD CBS or BTN

24

Wisconsin at Maryland 7 p.m. ESPN

25

Indiana at Northwestern 7 p.m. BTN

Illinois at Iowa 9 p.m. BTN

26

Minnesota at Michigan State 7 p.m. BTN

Nebraska at Ohio State 7 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2

Rutgers at Purdue 9 p.m. ESPNU

28

Iowa at Penn State 6 p.m. ESPNU

Northwestern at Illinois 7 p.m. BTN

Michigan at Maryland TBD ESPN/ESPN2

MARCH

1

Michigan State at Wisconsin 4 p.m. CBS or BTN

Purdue at Ohio State 4/7:30 p.m. CBS or BTN

3

Iowa at Indiana 7 p.m. ESPN

Maryland at Rutgers 7 p.m. BTN

Michigan at Northwestern 9 p.m. BTN

4

Ohio State at Penn State 6 p.m. BTN

Purdue at Michigan State 8 p.m. BTN

Nebraska at Illinois 10 p.m. BTN

5

Wisconsin at Minnesota 7 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2

7

Rutgers at Michigan Noon/2:15 p.m. BTN

Northwestern at Iowa Noon/2:15 p.m. BTN

Illinois at Purdue 4:30 p.m. BTN

Michigan State at Indiana TBD ESPN/ESPN2

8

Wisconsin at Ohio State TBD CBS or BTN

Maryland at Nebraska TBD CBS or BTN

Penn State at Minnesota TBD CBS or BTN

11

Big Ten Tournament Game 1 4:30 p.m. ESPN2

Big Ten Tournament Game 2 7 p.m. BTN

12

Big Ten Tournament Game 3 Noon BTN

Big Ten Tournament Game 4 2:30 p.m. BTN

Big Ten Tournament Game 5 6:30 p.m. ESPN2

Big Ten Tournament Game 6 9 p.m. ESPN2

13

Big Ten Tournament Game 7 Noon ESPN

Big Ten Tournament Game 8 2:30 p.m. ESPN

Big Ten Tournament Game 9 6:30 p.m. BTN

Big Ten Tournament Game 10 9 p.m. BTN

14

Big Ten Tournament Semifinal 1 1 p.m. CBS Sports

Big Ten Tournament Semifinal 2 3:30 p.m. CBS Sports

15

Big Ten Tournament Championship 3:30 p.m. CBS Sports

KEY

[1] — Armed Forces Classic (CGAS Borinquen, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico)

[2] — Champions Classic (Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Ind.)

[3] — Charleston Classic (TD Arena, Charleston, S.C.)

[4] — Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.

[5] — EA Sports Maui Invitational (Lahaina Civic Center, Lahaina, Hawaii)

[6] — CBE Hall of Fame Classic (Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo.)

[7] — Legends Classic (Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.)

[8] — Cancun Challenge (Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Puerto Aventures, Mexico)

[9] — NIT Season Tip-Off (Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.)

[10] — Battle 4 Atlantis (Paradise Island, Bahamas)

[11] — Las Vegas Invitational (Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.)

[12] — Orlando Classic (HP Field House, Orlando, Fla.)

[13] — Barclays Classic (Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.)

[14] — ACC/Big Ten Challenge

[15] — Jimmy V Classic (Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.)

[16] — United Center, Chicago, Ill.

[17] — CBS Sports Classic (United Center, Chicago, Ill.)

[18] — Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Mo.

[19] — PPL Center, Allentown, Pa.

[20] — Crossroads Classic (Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Ind.)

[21] — Big Four Classic (Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa)

[22] — Diamond Head Classic (Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu, Hawaii)

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