The fourth college basketball yearbook published this fall, the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, was released this week.
Here are some notes on Indiana and the Big Ten at-large from the annual publication:
· Blue Ribbon predicts the order of finish in the Big Ten as follows: Michigan State, Purdue, Michigan, Indiana, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Maryland, Ohio State, Penn State, Iowa, Northwestern, Illinois and Rutgers.
· In the Blue Ribbon preseason top 25, the Big Ten teams are Michigan State (10), Purdue (19) and Michigan (23).
· Duke (No. 4) is the only Indiana non-conference opponent ranked in the Blue Ribbon preseason top 25.
· For the second straight year, Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ is a preseason first team All-American by Blue Ribbon. Purdue’s Carsen Edwards is also on the preseason All-America first team. The first team is Happ, Edwards, R.J. Barrett (Duke), Luke Maye (North Carolina) and Rui Hachimura (Gonzaga).
· Edwards is Blue Ribbon’s pick for Big Ten player of the year and Indiana’s Romeo Langford is the pick for conference newcomer of the year.
· The Blue Ribbon preseason all-conference team is Happ, Edwards, Langford, Jordan Murphy (Minnesota) and Cassius Winston (Michigan State).
The Blue Ribbon college basketball yearbook is available to purchase here.