One of the most highly anticipated college basketball seasons is now in sight, and the talent in the Big Ten (with 12 teams) is a key reason many fans are looking forward to November.
Stars such as Robbie Hummell, Jordan Taylor, and Jared Sullinger are back for another year along with some pretty impressive players on other teams.
Let's not forget about the all-important recruiting classes, as four incoming freshmen were McDonald's All-Americans and three teams—Ohio State, Illinois, and Michigan State—had top 25 classes.
Yes, the conference did see its share of losses, as top players Jon Leuer, Darius Morris, Kalin Lucas, and Talor Battle all either exhausted their eligibility or departed for the NBA.
Yet, as many major conferences do, the Big Ten reloaded.
What follows is an educated guess on the projected starting lineups for each team, and how impressive those five players are in comparison to the rest of the league. As many will see, some teams lost a ton of players, while others are bringing almost their entire team back.
I feel as though the top team is obvious, as is the bottom, but in between it's pretty much a mystery.