Big Ten Basketball: Ranking the 10 Biggest Surprises in the B1G This Season

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Big Ten Basketball: Ranking the 10 Biggest Surprises in the B1G This Season
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Victor Oladipo has leaped into the National Player of the Year race.

The Big Ten entered the season as the unquestioned power conference in the country. All the coaches spoke about the league’s depth at Big Ten media day and collectively wondered whether there would be any guaranteed victories throughout conference play.  

But could anyone have predicted the amount of parity in this league with five teams ranked in the Top 25? Four within the top-12? Two different No. 1 teams, one of which has lost to two unranked opponents? Not a chance.    

“After debating this for a while,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said to ESPN, “I don’t think there’s any question that the league is better than it’s ever been, top to bottom.” 

While the conference’s dominance has been noteworthy, can it crack the list of the league's 10 biggest surprises this season?  

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