Can Hunter Dickinson lead Michigan over Indiana and Illinois in the Big Ten basketball preview?

There are six days left before the 2022–23 collegiate basketball season. This week, check back daily as we analyse the top conferences, teams, and more as the season approaches. View our conference previews for the ACC and Big 12.

This autumn, only three Big Ten teams were rated in the Associated Press preseason poll, but the league still has a lot of potential to be one of the sport’s top conferences, if not the greatest.

The league could need some time to find its voice.

There is a lot to watch in the Midwest this season, from an Indiana squad that may actually be back to appropriate standards in Bloomington to Hunter Dickinson’s return to Michigan in quest of Big Ten Player of the Year accolades.

What you should know about the Big Ten is as follows:

Big Ten Teams ranked

Click here to view the complete Associated Press preseason Top 25 poll.

No. 13. Indiana

No. 22. Michigan

No. 23. Illinois

Purdue (56), Michigan State (35), Ohio State (23), Iowa (13) and Rutgers are receiving votes (4)

Early-season media survey

The Athletic and The Columbus Dispatch conducted this survey.

  1. Indiana
  2. Illinois
  3. Michigan
  4. Microsoft State
  5. Purdue
  6. State of Ohio
  7. Iowa
  8. Rutgers
  9. Wisconsin
  10. Maryland
  11. “Penn State”
  12. Minnesota
  13. Northwestern
  14. Nebraska

Important national championship odds, courtesy of BetMGM

At +900, Gonzaga is the preseason favourite.


+1 3500 Indiana

+5000 Michigan State

5000 Illinois

Trayce Jackson-Davis and Indiana, will they withstand the early schedule?

This autumn, No. 13 Indiana has a very challenging non-conference slate. But Mike Woodson is the man who can handle it.

In his second year as the Hoosiers’ head coach, Woodson will face Xavier, No. 1 North Carolina, No. 17 Arizona, and No. 5 Kansas, all but one of which will be played away from home or at a neutral venue. Despite being eliminated in the first round, Woodson is bringing back a large portion of his team from the previous year, when they ended a five-year NCAA tournament absence.

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