With all five starters back from a team that advanced to the Sweet 16, Indiana men's basketball coach Tom Crean's team is ranked No. 1 in the country.
Northwestern head coach Bill Carmody will try to find more balanced scoring to replace all-time scoring leader John Shurna from last season's team.
Illinois head coach John Groce expects his team to get better every day, but with five Big Ten schools in the Top 25 nationally, the Illini will be facing a big challenge in the conference.
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The Big Ten has been a bummer in football this season. Basketball season is getting ready to tip off, and it figures to be a different story thanks to top-ranked Indiana, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin.