Big Ten Basketball: Official Conference Standings and All-League Predictions

Ryan Curi@rcuri1Featured ColumnistDecember 31, 2012

ANN ARBOR, MI - DECEMBER 20:  Tim Hardaway Jr. #10 high fives Trey Burke #3 of the Michigan Wolverines after a first half play while playing the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Crisler Center on December 20, 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Last season the Big Ten received six berths to the NCAA Tournament in a now 12-team league. As it currently stands, the Big Ten has six teams ranked in the Top 25. Needless to say, the nation's strongest conference should receive at least six bids this March, if not more.

Indiana got most of the preseason hype, while Michigan and Ohio State were also preseason top-10 squads, which they all still are. Minnesota was predicted to be good, but maybe not as good as it has performed thus far.

Michigan State had high expectations as always but hasn't been overly impressive yet. Illinois has been the most pleasant surprise, holding a 13-1 record for the time being. Wisconsin has struggled due to injuries, but it can never be counted out.

Iowa can score, but can it defend? Northwestern has also been hobbled by injuries, leaving hopes of its first ever NCAA Tournament nearly in the dust. Purdue is sorely missing Robbie Hummel, and it's showing.

Penn State may have suffered the biggest injury blow, losing all-around stud point guard Tim Frazier for the season. Tim Miles' Nebraska team has been better than anticipated during the young season, but should still finish near the league's bottom.

In this article, I will predict the Big Ten standings for the conference season, as well as each team's seed in the NCAA Tournament or NIT and if the school will participate in any postseason tournament. I'll also add my All-Conference teams and major award winners. Here it goes, let the debate begin:

1. Michigan Wolverines (1)

2. Indiana Hoosiers (2)

3. Minnesota Golden Gophers (4)

4. Illinois Fighting Illini (5)

5. Ohio State Buckeyes (5)

6. Michigan State Spartans (7)

7. Wisconsin Badgers (12)

8. Iowa Hawkeyes (NIT)

9. Northwestern Wildcats (NIT)

10. Purdue Boilermakers (NA)

11. Nebraska Cornhuskers (NA)

12. Penn State Nittany Lions (NA)

First Team All-Big Ten

Trey Burke, Michigan

Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State

Brandon Paul, Illinois

Cody Zeller, Indiana

Victor Oladipo, Indiana

Second Team All-Big Ten

Rodney Williams Jr., Minnesota

Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota

Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan

Keith Appling, Michigan State

Roy Devyn Marble, Iowa

Third Team All-Big Ten

Jared Berggren, Wisconsin

Aaron Craft, Ohio State

Aaron White, Iowa

Branden Dawson, Michigan State

Glenn Robinson III, Michigan

Honorable Mention All-Big Ten

Nik Stauskas, Michigan

Andre Hollins, Minnesota

D.J. Richardson, Illinois

Tracy Abrams, Illinois

Ryan Evans, Wisconsin

Lenzelle Smith Jr., Ohio State

Reggie Hearn, Northwestern

Terone Johnson, Purdue

D.J. Newbill, Penn State

Brandon Ubel, Nebraska

All-Freshmen Team

Glenn Robinson III, Michigan

Nik Stauskas, Michigan

Yogi Ferrell, Indiana

Gary Harris, Michigan State

A.J. Hammons, Purdue

Player of the Year: Trey Burke

Coach of the Year: John Groce

Sixth Man of the Year: Adreian Payne

Defensive Player of the Year: Victor Oladipo

Freshman of the Year: Glenn Robinson III


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