IU, Big Ten centric notes from Lindy’s Sports college basketball preview

  • 09/05/2017 8:37 am in

The second of three annual college basketball preview magazines – Lindy’s Sports college basketball preview – is now available.

Here are some 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 two-page story on Archie and Sean Miller.)

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

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

· Bridges is Lindy’s pick for Big Ten player of the year, Minnesota’s Reggie Lynch is the pick for best defensive player, Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson is regarded as the league’s best newcomer and Ohio State’s Jae’Sean Tate is listed as the league’s most versatile player.

· In Lindy’s preseason top 40, the Big Ten teams are Michigan State (1), Northwestern (15), Minnesota (22), Purdue (26), Michigan (30) and Maryland (31).

· Indiana non-conference opponents in the Lindy’s preseason top 40 include: Duke (4), Louisville (9), Notre Dame (13) and Seton Hall (25).

· Lindy’s projects seven Big Ten teams to make the NCAA tournament field: Michigan State, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin.

· The Big Ten is rated as the nation’s second best conference behind the ACC.

· Lindy’s ranked the top 25 players at each position and here are the Big Ten players represented:

– Point guard: Nate Mason (10), Bryant McIntosh (15), Jaaron Simmons (21) and Cassius Winston (23).
– Shooting guard: No Big Ten players among top 25.
– Small forward: Miles Bridges (1), Vincent Edwards (10), Vic Law (17).
– Power forward: Ethan Happ (2), Moritz Wagner (23), Justin Jackson (24).
– Center: Nick Ward (9), Reggie Lynch (14), Isaac Haas (18).

· Michigan State is ranked as the eighth best backcourt unit nationally and Minnesota is ninth. The Spartans are ranked third in Lindy’s top frontcourt rankings.

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  • Ole Man

    I have nothing against your “numbers.” They’re interpolations of official statistics.
    People play with numbers in sports all the time.
    IF your numbers were the “actual” numbers they would have been adapted as some measure a long time ago.
    Since they have not, I can only assume that they are not “official” or that they have not been recognized as “official.”
    It’s a fun read and fun interpolation.

    I personally, without getting into the numbers, am of the OPINION that our scoring will be down this year.
    It’s a “hunch” based on more than “numbers”.

  • John D Murphy

    Thanks for the clarification. I don’t find records at their different schools very comparable especially if you are throwing out some of Crean’s as KS coached at some pretty small schools that are almost always total rebuilds. KS had a better record at IU even giving TC some latitude. The other points you make are very valid. I found KS’s on court product “less frustrating to watch” than TC’s (probably the best way I can describe it) but obviously everything else is hugely weighted toward TC. Before things started to fall apart, that 2007-08 team was a lot of fun to watch.

  • Outoftheloop

    You forgot Grant, 8 points, 4 games, average 2.0 ppg.

  • Outoftheloop

    Then Grant averaged 2.0 ppg. Problem was he only scored 8 points in 4 games. If you add up all of the averages IU scored over 90 ppg, but we know that they only scored 76.

  • Outoftheloop

    No Ole. They are not interpolations, projections, etc. They are the real numbers. Averages distort scoring. Add up all of the averages and IU should have scored 90+ ppg not the 76 we did scored.

  • IdahoHoosier

    IU averaged 80 ppg on the season. This whole “argument” is based on (mis)interpreting real numbers. Our miscommunication has basically been about trying to compare data sets analyzing different numbers. Sometimes we talk about ppg, other times about total points scored. Then are we talking B1G conference or season totals? Jumping around just got confusing. We are all on the same page and no hard feelings from me.

  • Ole Man

    But we didn’t score 90+.
    So those, the 76, are the real numbers.
    Not sure why that is so hard to understand.