IU, Big Ten centric notes from Athlon Sports college basketball preview

  • 09/01/2017 8:23 am in

Last weekend, we shared that Indiana’s Robert Johnson would be featured on a regional cover for the Athlon Sports college basketball preview magazine.

Now that the magazine is officially on newsstands, here are some additional notes on Indiana and the Big Ten at-large from the annual publication. (You can purchase the regional cover featuring Johnson here. The magazine also features a four-page story on Archie Miller.)

· Athlon predicts the order of finish in the Big Ten as follows: Michigan State, Minnesota, Purdue, Northwestern, Michigan, Wisconsin, Maryland, Iowa, Indiana, Penn State, Illinois, Ohio State, Nebraska and Rutgers.

· In Athlon’s preseason top 25, the Big Ten teams are Michigan State (2), Minnesota (16), Purdue (18) and Northwestern (24).

· Michigan State’s Miles Bridges and Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ are preseason first team All-Americans.

· Athlon projects eight Big Ten teams to make the NCAA tournament field: Michigan State, Minnesota, Purdue, Northwestern, Michigan, Wisconsin, Maryland and Iowa.

· The publication ranked the top 100 players in college basketball and Miles Bridges was No. 1. Other Big Ten players on the list include Happ (6), Purdue’s Vincent Edwards (36), Michigan’s Moritz Wagner (37), Michigan State’s Nick Ward (39), Minnesota’s Nate Mason (57), Minnesota’s Amir Coffey (85), Northwestern’s Bryant McIntosh (94) and Purdue’s Carsen Edwards (98).

· No Big Ten newcomers were represented on Athlon’s “15 most impactful freshmen” list.

· Miller was ranked as the second best hire in college basketball behind Brad Underwood at Illinois.

· Two Big Ten coaches appeared on Athlon’s “coaches on the hot seat” list: Pat Chambers of Penn State and Tim Miles of Nebraska.

· Collin Hartman is one of ten players on Athlon’s “All-Rehab” team.

· No IU player made one of the three preseason All-Big Ten teams. The first team is Bridges, Vincent Edwards, Happ, Wagner and McIntosh.

· Bridges is Athlon’s pick for Big Ten player of the year, Minnesota’s Reggie Lynch is the pick for best defensive player, Purdue’s Dakota Mathias is the pick for “most underrated” and Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson is regarded as the league’s best newcomer.

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  • IUMIKE1

    I do as well.

  • IUMIKE1

    If anything, they have an incentive to flatter fans of a program like IU in order to sell more copies.

    i.e., Robert Johnson on “any” cover.

  • IUMIKE1

    The ole, addition by subtraction thing, right ? That’s what I’ve been thinking as well when it comes to the whole, JBJ isn’t on the team any more but RJ is, situation. I’m. let’s just say, cautiously optimistic that that will be the case.

    As bad as I hate to say it I’m also starting to wonder if CJ isn’t one of those players who came in rated fairly high, rankings wise, and is the the type of player where everyone just continues to anticipate that the very next game could be his breakout game, but just never does for whatever reason. Hope that feeling turns out to be woefully wrong. This season should tell us much about him and where he is going to be going forward when it comes to playing meaningful minutes.

  • IUMIKE1

    Could you please explain your point and your rationale behind it for an eighth or ninth time ? lol You have more patience than I. lol

  • Arch Puddington

    No, you’re just speaking like a fan! It would be interesting to go back and see how the predictions from various national media have compared to reality over the years. If they have consistently picked IU or anyone else too low, then they have consistently picked someone else too high. I suspect it all balances out over the long term, but perhaps not.

  • Gregory J. Haggard

    I am certainly speaking like a fan.
    But I also believe I am correct.
    It is tough to argue with your logic though!