Have you definitely given up on slow-paced, low-scoring football after this weekend? Can we interest you in more slow-paced, low-scoring basketball instead?
Welcome back to the Shootyhoops Slowdown, our preview series for Big Ten basketball in 2017-18. We opened up the proceedings last Thursday with our “what to expect” piece, now we march onward with team previews starting Monday with Penn State.
In the meantime, though, it was brought to my attention that Kenpom has released his 2017-18 preseason ratings! We’ve got those aggregated for you:
B1G Kenpom Ratings, 2017-18 Pre-Season
Further comparing the averages by conference, the Big Ten slots in at 5th of the 6 major conferences, solidly ahead of the Pac-12 but well behind the leading Big XII. A bit surprising to see the SEC that high, too, but the rising fortunes of Texas A&M and Tennessee have pulled the South’s premier conference ahead of even the ACC.
Kenpom by Conference, Averages
- Despite the polls’ love of Michigan State, Kenpom isn’t so sure. Do the intangibles really account for an 8-place difference?
- Northwestern is in the KP Top 20. I...what? Trail Purdue in this poll, though.
- Penn State makes the biggest jump from 2017’s final rankings, while Illinois takes the largest tumble. The numbers are skeptical of a quick rebuild in Chambana.
- As usual, wisconsin and Michigan lurk, with their glacial paces and standard identities (efficient defense and offense, respectively, with questions on the other side) keeping them aloft.
- Less love for Minnesota than expected. Perhaps they can take some pointers from Maryland fans on the standard Kenpom complaints.
- The 54 ranking for Iowa belies what Kenpom thinks is a solid all-around team. The Hawks can and probably should make the NCAA Tournament jump this year.
- As usual, I don’t know what to think of Indiana or Ohio State. Insert your own commentary as necessary.
- I’ll set the over/under for “spots Nebraska drops by the end of the non-con” at 30 places.
- There’s rutger, lurking on the cusp of competence yet again.
- Of the Big Ten teams, just one plays in the top 50 teams of AdjT (Iowa, 45th at 75.2 possessions per game), while 5 are in the bottom 100.
GET’CHER ROCKS, KIDS, IT’S ALMOST TIME FOR BIG TEN SQUEAKYFOULS AGAIN.
Which Big Ten team outside the Top 50 makes the biggest jump by the end of 2018?
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