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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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PREVIEW: Hawkeyes’ Elite Offense Key to Winning Third Straight Game

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After taking down the 17th-ranked Purdue Boilermakers, the Hawkeyes have their eyes set on Northwestern, and getting their third straight win.

Offensive fire power was the key in beating Purdue, along with a group of tough-minded Freshman and one of the best scorers in the country in Peter Jok. If the Hawkeyes want to go to Northwestern’s home court and get a win over a quality team, they will do so behind that skilled offense. Continue reading PREVIEW: Hawkeyes’ Elite Offense Key to Winning Third Straight Game

RECAP: Fighting Irish Make Case for Top 25 with Win Over Hawkeyes

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish continue to make their case for being included in the Top 25 as they took care of the Iowa Hawkeyes in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. 92-78, improving to 7-0 on the season.

“God I love my team!” said Irish Head Coach Mike Brey in his post game press conference, who is now 8-1 against Big Ten opponents in three seasons.

The Irish are off to a hot start, dominating out of conference mid majors with ease, while defeating notable programs in Colorado, Northwestern, and now Iowa. Continue reading RECAP: Fighting Irish Make Case for Top 25 with Win Over Hawkeyes

RECAP: Fighting Irish Dominate Chicago State Behind Ryan’s Career-High 23 Points

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After winning the Legends Classic in Brooklyn, NY, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish took on the Chicago State Cougars, beating them 91-60 and improving to 6-0 on the season.

The Cougars came out swinging at the beginning, leading the Irish 10-6, until a three pointer by sophomore forward Matt Ryan sparked the offence.

The Irish went on a 21-2 run that included five three pointers from the sophomore.

Ryan would hit his sixth three late in the first half and finish with with 23 points, shooting 50% from beyond the arc, grabbing three boards, and recording three assists.

The Irish went into the locker room with a comfortable 51-30 lead, and were looking to seal the deal early in the second half.

Notre Dame would quickly put the game away and were no match for the Cougars, shooting 51.5% from the field, and 45.9% from beyond the arc. The Fighting Irish would win my 31 points, with the final score being 91-60.

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RECAP: Notre Dame Fighting Irish Become Legends in Legends Classic

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish took home some hardware Tuesday night after taking down the Northwestern Wildcats; becoming the 2016 Legends Classic Champions.

The matchup was set Monday night, after the the Wildcats took down the Texas Longhorns, 77-58, and the Irish took care of the Colorado Buffaloes, 89-83.

With the previous three games being cake walks, the Irish had yet to face an opponent from a power five conference. With their win against Loyola (MD) the Irish were headed to Brooklyn, New York to square off the Colorado Buffaloes for a spot in the championship.

The Buffaloes are coming off a 2015-16 season which ended in the first round of the NCAA tournament and return a roster capable of beating the Irish.

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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