NCAA Preview : Big Ten.

Mitch McGary

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The Big Ten is often identified as the conference where the game is slower, physical and even boring for those viewers who do not appreciate the tactical side of basketball. At the top of this year there are seven, maybe eight teams capable of contending for the top spots, then when it begins the season of  conference play the balance will be the master.
Top Team: Several suorces have analyzed strengths and weaknesses of Indiana, even as the number one choice across America in the preseason ranking , Tyler Zeller  is a sure NBA prospect  with great mobility and extraordinary soft hand,  that combined with his excellent basketball IQ, make him  the best player of America. Personally, I have many doubts about the defense  of the Hoosiers, and  about the fact that this year’s group of Tom Crean (another unknown at the highest level) will face pressures unknown until last season. The Colombian Hanner Perea is a great athlete of 6’8″ that could give a live body on defense, while the other freshman Yogi Ferrell will be called upon to lead the team.
X factor:
– For Ohio State plays a 6’7″ forward which has the basket in the blood, Deshaun Thomas, my personal choice as the best scorer of America.With  Jared Sullinger this year with the Celtics, Thomas will have the full weight of the offense on his shoulders, waiting for one of the many sophomore team wakes up …. LaQuinton Ross (point forward of 2.03) and Amir Williams (center athletic defensive 2.05) are the main culprits …
– Michigan has great potential this year,  adding to the already excellent group of last year two  higly touted recruits , Glenn Robinson III (son of the Original “Big Dog” that has raged especially in the Milwaukee Bucks) and Mitch McGary. McGary is a forward-center that play with infectious  intensity and makes it into the mold, going to rummage in the “trash” of the game ….  is hard to find a better starting-five than Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr.-Glenn-RobinsonIII-Mitch McGary-Jordan Morgan ….
-The Spartans of Michigan State will be as fearsome and most other years, as they are equipped with the highest level of athletic talent, the trio Gary Harris (freshman guard , 6’4″), Braenden Dawson (small forward of 6’6″) and Adreian Payne (power forward of 6’10”) is unique for athletics, physical strength and explosiveness. The key man is the play Keith Appling, local product that has disappointed offensively in the two previous years, especially in the shot from outside what was considered his specialty coming out of high school, where he also played the McDonald’s All Star Game.
-Wisconsin is the emblem of the slowness of the Big Ten, Bo Ryan is the major prophet of the game reasoned, exploiting to the bottom of the clock looking for a good shot. Ex lead guard Taylor  is now with Virtus Roma, the Badgers have a big hole in the control room and the excellent freshman Sam Dekker (versatile combo forward) may not be enough …..
-Minnesota in Trevor Mbakwe (6’9″ forward-center with great physique) and Rodney Williams (swingman of 6’6″ with sky high hops) has an excellent pair of leaders, but coach Tubby Smith is confident especially on guard Andre Hollins (6’2″sophomore , surprise of last year) to bring the Gophers to the NCAA tournament.
-Iowa has a very talented albeit young team, with the two sophomore Aaron Wright (6’7″comboforward  very effective on offense) and Devyn Marble (6’3″shooting guard ) on all. The good group of incoming recruits might need a season to mesh the best, so if it isn’t this year for the Hawkeyes is certainly the next ….
Illinois and Purdue start, albeit for very different reasons, a new cycle and do not expect much in terms of results … the ultra quick Terone Johnson (Purdue) and the shooter Brandon Paul (Illinois) will be still  in the headlines because of their considerable talents ….
-Finally, we point out two very good players who are active in two teams rather weak on paper, the first is the point guard Tim Frazier of Penn State, good defender on the ball improved a lot on offense, while the second is the Northwestern guard Drew Crawford, 6’5″ with a great shot, of the two is the one with a better chance of going to the NBA.


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