2013-2014 Big Ten preview Archive

2013-2014 ITH season preview: Penn State Nittany Lions

Penn State may have taken a step back last season from a wins and losses perspective, but the rebuilding effort being led by Pat Chambers continues to move along at a program with little historical success on the hardwood. If there is such a thing as a competitive two-win Big Ten team, Penn State fit the bill a season ago. The Nittany Lions struggled to find their footing after losing Tim Frazier to a torn Achilles' tendon, but finished the conference slate with a home win over eventual national runner-up Michigan and a win at Northwestern. Penn State also played Wisconsin to a narrow 66-63 loss to close the regular season at the Bryce Jordan Center. With Frazier back in the rotation to go along with D.J. Newbill, Penn State boasts one of the league's best backcourts. Frazier was a first team All-Big Ten selection back in 2011-2012 and while he's never been particularly efficient, he posted a ridiculous assist rate of 45.2 (second nationally) while also averaging 18.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game in his last full season.

Big Ten’s Top 25 Players: 5-1

preseason breakdown of the top 25 players in the Big Ten for the 2013-2014 season. Our selection process involved much deliberation to arrive at a list that we hope will provide plenty of reaction and debate. The series will be broken into five parts (25-21, 20-16, 15-11, 10-6) and our final installment of players 5-1 is available below: 5. Glenn Robinson III, Michigan (6-foot-6, wing, sophomore) 33.6 mpg, 11 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.0 spg, 61.1 eFG percentage Robinson could be the first players picked from the Big Ten player in next year’s NBA Draft but he is fifth on our list because so much of his NBA value is based on potential. Robinson was the 10th most efficient offensive player in the country, and most efficient player in the Big Ten last season. At times his offense came so easy that it was taken for granted. He makes the game look simple because of his raw athleticism and the smooth nature of his game, but he averaged 11 points and five rebounds per game as a freshman on a team that made the Final Four. He did have the luxury of the nation’s best point guard setting him up and the majority of his production came from residual action. Two-thirds of his made field goals were assisted but Robinson still deserves credit for finishing whatever opportunities were presented to him.

Big Ten’s Top 25 Players: 10-6

With the official start of practice less than four weeks away, Inside the Hall and UM Hoops have partnered to bring you a preseason breakdown of the top 25 players in the Big Ten for the 2013-2014 season. Our selection process involved much deliberation ...

Big Ten’s Top 25 Players: 15-11

With the official start of practice less than five weeks away, Inside the Hall and UM Hoops have partnered to bring you a preseason breakdown of the top 25 players in the Big Ten for the 2013-2014 season. Our selection process involved much deliberation to arrive at a list that we hope will provide plenty of reaction and debate.The series will be broken into five parts (25-21, 20-16) and our third installment of players 15-10 is available below: 15. Drew Crawford, Northwestern (6-foot-5, wing, senior) 31.8 mpg, 13.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1 spg, 47 eFG percentage (10 GP)

Big Ten’s Top 25 Players: 20-16

With the official start of practice less than five weeks away, Inside the Hall and UM Hoops have partnered to bring you a preseason breakdown of the top 25 players in the Big Ten for the 2013-2014 season. Our selection process involved much deliberation ...

Big Ten’s Top 25 Players: 25-21

With the official start of practice less than five weeks away, Inside the Hall and UM Hoops have partnered to bring you a preseason breakdown of the top 25 players in the Big Ten for the 2013-2014 season. Our selection process involved much deliberation ...

An updated look at who’s coming and going in the Big Ten

With the NBA Draft early entry deadline in the rearview mirror and several announced transfers since we last checked in, it’s time for an updated look at who’s coming and going in the Big Ten for the 2013-2014 season. (Note: ...

An early look at who’s coming and going in the Big Ten

With the spring signing period set to begin tomorrow and several key NBA Draft decisions out of the way, it’s time for our first look at who’s coming and going in the Big Ten for the 2013-2014 season. Illinois (23-13, ...