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Big Ten Power Rankings: Does anyone have a shot at the national title?

Caleb Swanigan is a top contender for the Wooden Award, and his play has the Purdue Boilermakers near the top of the Big Ten standings.
Caleb Swanigan is a top contender for the Wooden Award, and his play has the Purdue Boilermakers near the top of the Big Ten standings.

Despite an up-and-down start to the year for several teams in the Big Ten, conference play always presents new opportunities.

Entering the 2017 calendar year, odds-makers from across the country still had a handful of Big Ten teams among the best betting odds to be cutting down the nets in Phoenix come the first Monday of April.

The likes of the Indiana HoosiersWisconsin Badgers, and Purdue Boilermakers look to be the conference’s best bets to have a Big Ten cut down the nets.

However, the National Championship is still over two months away, and the Big Ten conference is a mess. There’s no clear-cut favourite at this moment in the season, teams are losing games they should win, and vice versa. There are several ‘good’ teams in the conference, but no ‘great’ teams.

We tried to dissect the teams in the conference, and rank them to the best of our abilities. So, here goes nothing.
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College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Big Ten

Melo Trimble is the lone starter back for Maryland in 2016-17, but that's enough to keep the Terrapins in contention. (Source: G Fium - Getty Images)
Melo Trimble is the lone starter back for Maryland in 2016-17, but that’s enough to keep the Terrapins in contention. (Source: G Fium – Getty Images)

With the exhibition season in full swing, and coming to a close early this week, that can mean only one thing.

The 2016-17 college basketball regular season is just around the corner!

Things get underway Friday, November 11th at Noon EST with the first regular season game of the season, and there will be a plethora of talent on display across all 32 conferences all season long.

Before the season gets started, we decided to hand out some preseason hardware, in the form of our Conference Player of the Year award and All-Conference Teams.

Along with that, we have the College Court Report All-Americans, and the Mid-Major Player of the Year Preseason Watch List. Links to all of the conference awards and the Watch List can be found at the bottom of each article.

Below, you can find the All-Conference Teams and Conference Player of the Year for the Big Ten Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Big Ten

Reggie Lynch Transfers to Minnesota

Illinois State sophomore Reggie Lynch, who is one of the nation's top shot blockers, is transferring closer to home and will become a Minnesota Golden Gopher. (Source: USA Today Sports)
Illinois State sophomore Reggie Lynch, who is one of the nation’s top shot blockers, is transferring closer to home and will become a Minnesota Golden Gopher. (Source: USA Today Sports)

The 2014-15 season was one to forget for the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Minnesota finished the year with a 6 – 12 record in Big Ten play, and Richard Pitino’s squad missed out on a post-season appearance after there was a ton of positive optimism surrounding the program.

Despite the rough go last season, people around the NCAA still believe that the Golden Gophers are on the rise, and one of those people is former Illinois State center Reggie Lynch. The big man transferred from the Redbirds, stating that he wanted to be closer to home. With that, Lynch enrolled at Minnesota, and will be a big boost for the Gophers in 2016-17, when he is eligible. Continue reading Reggie Lynch Transfers to Minnesota