Big Ten Basketball: Predicting Which Teams Will Be Better Next Year

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Big Ten Basketball: Predicting Which Teams Will Be Better Next Year
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Tom Izzo will likely find fault with his roster even though the majority of his players are returning to East Lansing next season.

For B1G teams still in the thick of the national title race or fanbases eagerly awaiting next fall, let this serve as a reminder to you: There's always next year, regardless if it's still this year.  

With that in mind, it's never too early to begin looking at each teams' prospects for next season.

Which stars will leave early, leaving coaches in dire need of scoring? Which injured players will return and boost depleted backcourts? Maybe most fun, which incoming freshmen will have the biggest impacts on their respective teams?

The order of slides is indicative of where I think each team will finish next season based on their key gains and losses.

So let's not get bogged down with the upcoming conference tournament and subsequent Big Dance (kidding!), and let's examine which teams are bound to improve next year. 

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