247Sports puts 5 B1G men's basketball teams in way-too-early Top 25 for 2022-23 season
The college basketball season ended just last month, but before you know it, the hardwood will be in the spotlight once more. Will we see the 1st Big Ten champion to win March Madness since Tom Izzo led Michigan State to the title in 2000?
We’ll get our answer soon enough, but the conference has landed several teams — 5, to be exact — on one way-too-early Top 25 list compiled by 247Sports’ Kevin Flaherty.
Michigan, a Sweet 16 team in March, is atop the list of B1G teams represented, coming in at No. 13. While Flaherty makes mention of Frankie Collins’ transfer to Arizona State, he also notes the possibility of losing Caleb Houstan and Moussa Diabate.
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“Should both players come back next to All-American Hunter Dickinson, the Wolverines should be among the Big Ten’s best teams,” Flaherty said.
Iowa, despite a 1st-round exit, is at No. 14.
“Kris Murray is testing the NBA Draft waters, but he looks likely to return to Iowa City for another season, and likely to ascend to stardom,” said Flaherty. “Murray following in his brother Keegan’s footsteps and becoming an All-Big Ten force wouldn’t be a suprise.”
Other B1G teams include Illinois (No. 20), Indiana (No. 22), and Michigan State (No. 23). The Illini made it back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time since the final 2 years of a streak that ran from 2000-2007, while the Hoosiers made the field in Mike Woodson’s debut season, their first appearance since 2016.
Meanwhile, the Spartans, a tournament mainstay, made their 24th straight trip but fell in the 2nd round.