Before the start of Big Ten basketball media day Thursday morning, the Big Ten will release the results of its preseason poll of selected media (me included), who last week voted on the best teams and players in the conference.
Ostensibly so it doesn’t make the also-rans feel badly, the conference will, as it always has, release only the top three vote-getters among teams. So, a number of years ago, some of the teams’ beat writers, many of whom vote in the “official” poll, created their own “unofficial poll,” which is all-inclusive.
In other words, we rank them 1 through 12. We don’t care if their feelings are hurt. They’re big boys.