In a normal college basketball offseason, it wouldn’t really raise any eyebrows to say that the team that has won the past three conference championships and five of the past seven will win the Big Ten again this year.
But it’s not quite that simple heading into the 2012-13 season.
Ohio State has been propelled recently by superstar and two-time All-American Jared Sullinger, as well as solid contributor William Buford. However, both players have departed and the roster is filled with young, unproven players that will be asked to step up.
As if that wasn’t enough, the Big Ten will arguably be the most difficult conference in the nation this year and has national title contenders Indiana and Michigan vying for top billing with the Buckeyes.
Nevertheless, Thad Matta and company will find a way to defend their past three conference crowns.
Read on to see seven reasons why.