247Sports places 5 B1G men’s basketball teams in the Top 25 way too early for the 2022-23 season
The college basketball season ended last month, but before you know it, hardwood will be in the spotlight once again. Will we see the first Big Ten champion to win March Madness since Tom Izzo led Michigan State to the title in 2000?
We’ll get our answer soon enough, but the conference has landed multiple teams – 5, to be exact – on an all-too-early Top 25 list compiled by 247Sports’ Kevin Flaherty.
Michigan, a Sweet 16 team in March, tops the list of B1G teams represented, coming in at No. 13. While Flaherty mentions Frankie Collins’ transfer to Arizona State, he also notes the possibility of losing Caleb Houstan and Moussa Diabate. .
“If both players came back next to All-American Hunter Dickinson, the Wolverines should be among the best teams in the Big Ten,” Flaherty said.
Iowa, despite a 1st-round exit, is at No. 14.
“Kris Murray is testing the waters of the NBA Draft, but he looks likely to return to Iowa City for another season and achieve stardom,” Flaherty said. “Murray following in his brother Keegan’s footsteps and becoming an All-Big Ten force wouldn’t be a surprise.”
Other B1G teams include Illinois (#20), Indiana (#22), and Michigan State (#23). The Illini made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time in the last 2 years of a streak that ran from 2000-2007, while the Hoosiers made the field in Mike Woodson’s first season, their first appearance since 2016.
Meanwhile, tournament stalwarts Spartans made their 24th straight away trip but fell in the second round.