Over at Delany's Dozen they are putting together a nice little Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings Poll on a weekly basis throughout the season. The difference is that unlike most power polls out there it's not just the staff on board (full disclosure I am the co-managing editor there) that votes on the power poll, but rather a gathering of Big Ten bloggers from all over the place.
With the release of the preseason Power Poll I thought it a good idea to give you my ballot and the reasons behind it. In fact as the poll is released I will give you my ballot each and every Monday throughout the season.
So, with that, here is my preseason Power Poll rankings:
1. Indiana – This is the deepest and most talented roster and their a clear favorite for the national championship for a reason. Cody Zeller, Yogi Ferrell, Christian Watford should lead this team to a successful season, but it's hard to see them go undefeated in the deep Big Ten.
2. Michigan – Glen Robinson III, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Trey Burkes are a hell of a trio and if they get some consistent play from the rest of the frontcourt this team will be dangerous on any night. They just don't have the track record behind them that the Hoosiers do.
3. Ohio State – As much as it pains me to vote for them ahead of Wisconsin you have to respect a guy like Aaron Craft and with his grit and determination along with the play of Deshaun Thomas the Buckeyes are going to be very difficult to beat. Plus Thad Matta can flat out coach basketball.
4. Michigan State – Sparty keeps on bringing in the talent and to me they may have one of the most underrated backcourts in the conference. Keith Appling is a star in the making.
5. Wisconsin – The loss of Josh Gasser forced me to kick them behind the Spartans, but the frontcourt is perhaps the deepest and best in the conference and if they can find someone to get them the ball down low this team will be very good.
6. Minnesota – Come on, like I could vote the Gophs behind my Badgers in the preseason? Seriously though, this is a team loaded with backcourt talent and if Mbakwe can stay healthy they have a chance to be a real sleeper after winning the NIT last season.
7. Iowa – Hard not to respect a team that came into the Kohl Center and won, not to mention completed the sweep on Wisconsin. Roy Devyn Marble and Co. are going to miss Matt Gatens, but there is plenty of talent on this roster to win a lot of basketball games.
8. Illinois – New head coach John Groce needs to hit the ground running in the battleground that is Chicago recruiting, but as for this team you have to like Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson as your starters in the backcourt.
9. Northwestern – Carmody may have his deepest team to date in Evanston, but until I see them successfully replace John Shurna I'm not sold they'll make a run in the deep Big Ten.
10. Purdue – Matt Painter is in rebuilding mode to say the least as gone is Robbie Hummel and the roster doesn't have a lot of great experience on it as a whole. In fact more than 50% of it's scoring from a year ago is gone.
11. Nebraska – This team may not have a lot of star power, but I love what Tim Miles brings to the table as a head coach and I think he'll get the best out of his players, especially Brandon Ubel and Dylan Talley.
12. Penn State – Yes, Tim Fraizer is perhaps the best guard in this league but you need more than just one really good player in this season's Big Ten and PSU doesn't have much to speak of behind him.
Again, make sure you come back each week during the season to see my ballot. Agree, disagree, or just want to comment feel free to leave one below or via Twitter @andycoppens.