In continuing our summer series of major college basketball conference projections for the 2014-15 season, this Friday we're diving into the Big Ten.
The Big Ten has long been regarded as one of the best conferences in the country, but it has been quite some time since it produced a national champion. Since Michigan State cut down the nets in 2000, Connecticut has won three titles and Duke, North Carolina and Florida have each won two, but the Big Ten is 0-of-14.
Wisconsin will be the primary team looking to break that streak this season. Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State could all be candidates as well.
In the never-ending world of conference realignment, the Big Ten adds Maryland and Rutgers this season, but neither is as likely as Minnesota or Nebraska to actually represent the conference in the NCAA tournament.
In ranking the teams from No. 1 through No. 14, we looked at outgoing players, incoming freshmen, D-I transfers, JUCO transfers, redshirts and projected starting fives. For better or worse, no stone was left unturned.
We look forward to your civilized disagreements about the order in which these teams will finish.