Thought this was fairly comprehensive. While I acknowledge that the difference between OSU and Mich could be a coin flip this year, I think we should come in at #5. That nit being picked, though, I think Miller is right when saying that Michigan is the biggest wildcard of the B1G, which is ironic considering we return 5 starters.
He lost me a little with the Purdue evaluation; it seems like Purdue should just slide Haas into Hammon’s role and let him play as much as his conditioning/fouling lets him, though I do envy their variety of possible lineups. I’d still have Indiana ahead of Purdue, though.
Also seems like a bit of hyperbole to say that Wisky, MSU, Indiana, and Purdue are “head and shoulders above” everyone else, but I also wouldnt argue that those should be considered the top 4 teams, heading into the season.
Had no idea Sparty plays Arizona, Kentucky, AND Duke. I hope they get exposed, but Im mostly glad to get a barometer for what they will bring to B1G conference play. Knowing Izzo, they will be fine by February.
This article makes me 1) excited for the coming season: I think we have a relatively high floor, and a top 4 ceiling. A healthy Zak (as mentioned in the article) and improved Mo could make a world of difference. And 2) Im still REALLY hoping for a wing grad transfer. If there’s anyway to bring Duncan off the bench and slide Zak to the 3, that grad transfer would be huge.