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Five teams were within two games of each other for the top spot in the final Big Ten regular season standings -- Indiana, Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan and Wisconsin. The Hoosiers took the regular season title, but it was the Buckeyes who won the conference tournament. The 2013-14 season looks to be just as competitive, as all but Indiana are ranked in the The AP preseason Top 25. Which team will come out on top this time around?

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2013-14 Big Ten basketball teams

Illinois

Illinois

2012-13 overall: 23-13
Big Ten: 8-10

Indiana

Indiana

2012-13 overall: 29-7
Big Ten: 14-4

Iowa

Iowa

2012-13 overall: 25-13
Big Ten: 9-9

Michigan

Michigan

2012-13 overall: 31-8
Big Ten: 12-6

Michigan State

Michigan State

2012-13 overall: 27-9
Big Ten: 13-5

Minnesota

Minnesota

2012-13 overall: 21-13
Big Ten: 8-10

Nebraska

Nebraska

2012-13 overall: 15-18
Big Ten: 5-13

Northwestern

Northwestern

2012-13 overall: 13-19
Big Ten: 4-14

Ohio State

Ohio State

2012-13 overall: 29-8
Big Ten: 13-5

Penn State

Penn State

2012-13 overall: 10-21
Big Ten: 2-16

Purdue

Purdue

2012-13 overall: 16-18
Big Ten: 8-10

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

2012-13 overall: 23-12
Big Ten: 12-6

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All we can say to the 53 percent of SportsNation that hasn't seen John Wall play yet is, What the heck are you waiting for? College football season is over, the next NFL playoff games are still days away and we know you've had your fill of the Mark McGwire debate.

Kentucky's road game Tuesday night against Florida (ESPN, 9 p.m. ET) is the perfect chance to sit back on the couch and watch the nation's best college basketball player. Come on, everyone was right about watching Ndamukong Suh. Get ahead of the curve this time. And as opening acts go, No. 6 Purdue's looking to bounce back from its first loss while hosting Ohio State (ESPN, 7 p.m ET) is better than what you get with a Ticketmaster fee.

Andrew (Acworth GA)

With all this talk about how John Wall is the best freshmen. Who does KU's Henry compare the Wall

Fran Fraschilla
Fran Fraschilla

Henry has had a great start to his career and is averaging over 16 points per game, but I just don't think anyone is physically and talent-wise up to the level of John Wall. Think of him as bigger and more explosive Derrick Rose. He may be the third straight point guard that John Calipari not only puts in the lottery but also becomes the NBA Rookie of the Year because Tyreke Evans, Calipari's former protégé, may have that locked up by the All-Star break. Wall is a special talent. Full transcript

Jared (Huntington, IN)

Joe, first off, love reading your stuff. My question is this, You have Purdue as a #1 seed now. Is this a surprise to you from the beginning of the season and do you see them being in the same spot come March? Thanks!

Joe Lunardi
Joe Lunardi

I love everything about the Boilermakers, Jared. They are a No. 2 seed in the new bracket coming off the loss at Wisconsin, but are no less a Final Four contender in my mind. Full transcript

richwildcat

Little nervous about tonight...UK isn't road tested and Florida is quite an environment to begin the SEC road schedule. I'd say Florida gives it a GREAT shot and UK wins by 6.

-- Richwildcat
sportzfrk99

Florida gets fired up for this game. We hate your guts. Why Kentucky doesn't get excited, I have no clue, but they keep taking beatings in this series because of it. Patterson who probably has a reason to be fired up for this game never plays well here. Kentucky and its fans think they are going to walk through conference play, which they won't in my opinion because they have no experience playing on the road.

-- sportzfrk99

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It's not a list that Reggie Theus or anyone who gets the coaching gig at USC will have to worry about for the forseeable future, but Andy Katz is talking top 25 in college hoops.

Now that the early-entry candidates for next week's NBA draft are locked in place, Katz has surveyed the landscape and installed Kansas as his team to beat. Here's his top 10, complete with significant representation for the recently beleaguered SEC.

Andy Katz's Top 10
1. Kansas (SN fan group: Rock Chalk Jayhawk)
2. Michigan State (SN fan group: Michigan State Basketball)
3. Texas (SN fan group: Big 12 Twelve Group)
4. Villanova (SN fan group: Villanova Wildcats!)
5. North Carolina (SN fan group: Tar Heel Basketball)
6. Purdue (SN fan group: United States of Boilermakers)
7. Kentucky (SN fan group: Kentucky Basketball Fans)
8. Tennessee (SN fan group: 100% SEC)
9. West Virginia (SN fan group: Mountaineer Nation)
10. Duke (SN fan group: ACC Sports)

bluerupp

Not bad, but I would make a few adjustments. I think that Kansas is where it should be, maybe move UNC up a spot, and put UK in top 5, even though they are young. I would have Louisville in the top 25 as well, and possibly Mizzou. The SEC looks to be a good conference this year.

-- bluerupp
tcco007

I agree with the top 5 on the listing. You can take a blanket and throw it over the group and any of them could win the title. If all teams are healthy come tourney time (not likely), Kansas will have the most talent and depth to win. Adding the Henry brothers to the other recruits means that they will be far deeper at key positions (center and forward) than last year. Also, playing 4 frosh significant minutes means they grew up last year and should be readier for the rigors of major conference basketball.

-- tcco007

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