B1G Ten: Leaves a Lot to Be Desired
The B1G Ten is one of the most disappointing conferences in recent memory. The only good team coming out of the football or basketball side of things is Ohio State.
Ohio State has gone undefeated in B1G Ten football play for two years straight under head coach Urban Meyer. As we speak, they’re thrashing Illinois by 3 touchdowns 35-14 at halftime.
Other strong football programs are Wisconsin, now coached by former Utah State head coach Gary Andersen, and Michigan State, whose defense stops any offense in its tracks. Minnesota has surprised everyone as its head coach, Jerry Kill, is sitting out the season until he completely recovers from recent strokes. Nebraska has a good record of 7-2 overall, but has not beaten anyone great. Their only great game so far was a blowout loss 41-21 to UCLA early in the season and their coach, Bo Pelini, is under fire for a lackluster season by Nebraska standards.
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Michigan has struggled all year and looks like Brady Hoke’s rebuilding job is far from being complete. Some worry that he will only do well with his predecessor Rich Rodriguez’s recruits. They have a 6-3 record, but have a 2-3 conference record. Iowa, Penn State, Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern are all struggling. Northwestern had lost 5 straight since going 4-0 and hanging close with Ohio State.
In basketball, Ohio State and Michigan are the favorites to take the conference title. Ohio State head coach Thad Matta has a record of proven success and will always get top recruits. He gets top defensive point guard Aaron Craft back, which will be good for causing turnovers.
Michigan, who lost to Louisville in last year’s NCAA championship game, lost starting point guard Trey Burke and athletic shooting guard Tim Hardaway, Jr. to the NBA draft. They return phenom sophomore Mitch McGary (who is currently battling back spasms) and Glen Rice, Jr. Where their offensive and assist production will come from, other than those two, is a huge question mark.
You always know that Indiana will fight back after losing top players Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller to the NBA draft with head coach Tom Crean in charge. Assembly Hall will be rocking this season. And, Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan will bring his stingy and choking defense and timely 3-point shooting to each and every game.
In football, it’s a one-horse race in Ohio State. In basketball, who knows what could happen. One thing is for sure, we’ll miss Trey Burke’s sharpshooting in crunch time: