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.
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.
Coaching hire will matter, but Wolverines are set up for success.
After last season, it's better not to bet against Matt Painter.
Brad Davison will take 10 charges per game, be hated universally.
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.
A healthy Rob Phinisee truly starts his "next Yogi Ferrell" run.
Jordan Bohannon and Luka Garza will have to carry a heavy load.
The Scarlet Knights are poised to escape the Big Ten cellar.
Replacing Jordan Murphy and Amir Coffey (probably) isn't easy.
The Cornhuskers would be higher if they actually had a full roster.
Chris Collins is hitting the reset button ... after a 13-19 season.