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Big Ten Basketball Power Poll: Preseason

While we’re all getting over what Ohio State did to Michigan State on Saturday and focusing on football, this little thing called college basketball starts up in 48 hours. That means it is time to get the best minds from across the Big Ten interwebs together and take a look at where the conference stands before the games start.

Our Big Ten Basketball Power Poll will run each Monday, and we have a group of nine partners in voting each and every week. Those nine pollsters are:

Andy Coppens – talking10.com (@AndyOnFootball)
Dave White – On The Banks (@OTB_SBNation)
Joe Dexter – BuckeyeBattleCry (@joedexter)
Michael Henry – BoiledSports (@BoiledSports)
Andy York – The Daily Gopher (@yorka1982)
Phillip Rossman-Reich – Lake The Posts (@RiseNU & @LakeThePosts)
Ken Kohl – BuckeyeBattleCry (@The_BBC)
Andrew Emmer – Testudo Times (@TestudoTimes)
Hondo Carpenter – Spartan Nation (@HondoCarpenter)

On to the Poll…

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Observations:

– Unlike the preseason poll from the general media, the Wisconsin Badgers were not a unanimous pick to take the Big Ten crown. That was a bit surprising to this writer, especially considering the amount of talent that is back compared to the rest of the league. We’ll find out if the lone vote was the right one as the season progresses.

– Rutgers was one of just a few unanimous picks for any position in the preseason poll, with everyone thinking they will be the doormat of the conference. Considering the rebuilding job that is needed for the Scarlet Knights, that’s not too shocking of a pick.

– It appears Ohio State and Michigan State are going to be fighting it out hard core in the coming weeks to be the next team behind Wisconsin. Given the lack of big time competition for either on the opening weekend, will either team move from its original position?

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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