New: Big Ten power poll

 

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Just back from EYBL in Indianapolis, college basketball writer Scott Richey checks in with his adjusted Big Ten power poll after the news of John Beilein's departure from Michigan to the Cavaliers.

1. Michigan State

No other Big Ten team returns a first-team All-American.

2. Maryland

Playing five freshmen last season — a lot — will pay off.

3. Ohio State

E.J. Liddell and D.J. Carton will both be impact freshmen.

4. Michigan

Coaching hire will matter, but Wolverines are set up for success.

5. Purdue

After last season, it's better not to bet against Matt Painter.

6. Wisconsin

Brad Davison will take 10 charges per game, be hated universally.

7. Illinois

Now would be the time for the Illini to get back to NCAA tourney.

8. Penn State

Nittany Lions really need Lamar Stevens to return for senior year.

9. Indiana

A healthy Rob Phinisee truly starts his "next Yogi Ferrell" run.

10. Iowa

Jordan Bohannon and Luka Garza will have to carry a heavy load.

11. Rutgers

The Scarlet Knights are poised to escape the Big Ten cellar.

12. Minnesota

Replacing Jordan Murphy and Amir Coffey (probably) isn't easy.

13. Nebraska

The Cornhuskers would be higher if they actually had a full roster.

14. Northwestern

Chris Collins is hitting the reset button ... after a 13-19 season.

College/Prep Sports Reporter

Scott Richey is a reporter covering college basketball at The News-Gazette. His email is srichey@news-gazette.com, and you can follow him on Twitter (@srrichey).