With B1G play tipping off in a few short hours, its time to look at the teams who have a shot at winning the B1G Championship. I believe only three teams have a legit shot at bringing home the title, and hanging a banner in their rafters. Below is the order in which those three teams will finish.
1. Ohio State (13-0): The Buckeyes come into the season ranked #3 in the nation and they begin play at Purdue (10-3) . The Buckeyes have looked good in every game so far this season, with a big win at #17 Marquette being the marquee victory so far. The Buckeyes are led by #4 Aaron “The Sticky Bandit” Craft, who is the emotional leader of the team. Look out for him to win Defensive Player of the Year honors.
2. Michigan State (11-1): The Spartards come into the Big Ten Season ranked 5th in the nation, their lone loss is to an unranked North Carolina team. I’m still bitter at the little sister to TTUN, and I hope they lose every game, but I know that wont happen. In an early game the Buckeyes and Spartards tip off on Tuesday January 7th, this should be an indication of how these teams will finish the season. The Spartards are led by senior Adreian Payne, who could have an NBA future ahead of him.
3. Wisconsin (13-0): The Badgers have an outside shot at winning the title, as of now they are ranked #4 in the country. Although they haven’t played anyone and have come close to being the victims of a few early season upsets. The Badgers do have one of the easiest roads to win the B1G title, only having to play the Spartards and the Buckeyes only once this season. The Badgers are led by sophomore Sam Dekker.
I believe the Buckeyes will bring home the Big Ten Title this year, and that’s just not being a homer that’s just being smart. The Buckeyes create a lot of mismatches on both ends of the floor, and that will give teams fits. So watch for our Buckeyes to make a run on what some of us thought was going to be a rebuilding year.
Happy New Years and Go Buckeyes!