Big Ten Basketball: Analyzing Most Pleasant Surprises During Nonconference Play

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Big Ten Basketball: Analyzing Most Pleasant Surprises During Nonconference Play
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

As the end of 2013 nears, so does college basketball's nonconference schedule. Big Ten play opens on New Year's Eve, as four matchups take place that afternoon and evening. While the pre-conference slate is important, each team looks especially forward to the start of rugged play in the B1G.

Each team has their ups and downs, including players who are overachieving and some who are underachieving. The purpose of this article is to analyze one player from each Big Ten squad who is performing better than they were projected to during the offseason.

Some picks were clear-cut, while others were more difficult. Some teams have multiple overachievers, while others do not. Nonetheless, these players have performed better than both myself and the media thought they would have thus far. The question is now: Can they continue playing at such a high level?

 

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