I think that in terms of the departures, once we got past the Miles decision I didn’t see anything that was surprising. The guys who left were guys whom I felt were going to go. Swanigan was on that path and if there was anything surprising it was that it took that long. D.J. Wilson was seen on his way out and there were rumors last year that he was going to transfer. That one wasn’t surprising. Kids like Blackmon and Bryant leaving Indiana seemed to be in the cards. Melo Trimble always seemed to be on that path. Fortunately for the league there weren’t any unpleasant surprises which has happened in recent years. In that sense I think league did pretty well. I think overall the Big Ten is set up to be better than it was last year in two main ways. At the top Michigan State is seen by everybody is legitimate Final Four contender and national championship contender next season. The league did not have that last year. Then I think the depth is going to be better across the league. If you believe the cliché the biggest leap comes between your freshman and sophomore years, then we should see a lot of leaping. I think the league is going to be deeper. 

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