6. Iowa Hawkeyes
This pick may come as a shock to a lot of people considering that four of five starters return off a team that went 12-6 in the Big Ten last season, were 22-12 overall and made it to the round of 32 in the NCAA tournament.
Iowa is also returning 58 percent of its scoring and 63 percent of its rebounding and six of the 10 overall returnees will be upperclassmen. So, why so low on the totem pole?
For starters, losing first-team All-Big Ten forward Aaron White is a massive blow to how this team works. White averaged 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds to lead the team in both categories. He also shot 52.1 percent from the field and 81.9 percent from the free throw line.
When you’ve got just two players averaging double figures and one of them is off to graduation, life is certainly going to be different.
There is plenty of talent being built on this team, but I’m not sure there’s enough consistent play from anyone on the roster or coming in to the program to allow the Hawkeyes to survive above .500 in Big Ten play next season.
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