MBB: Early Returns

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We're less than seven months away from the 2010-11 hoops season and expectations are high for the Big Ten. Preseason polls from CBSSports.com, ESPN.com, FOXSports.com, Sporting News and Sports Illustrated are complete and the Big Ten is well represented. 

Michigan State and Purdue each appear as the nation's top team for 2010-11 in at least one poll, while both teams are among the top five on each of the lists. Ohio State is ranked as high as No. 2, according to Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News and also appears among the top five in Jeff Goodman's FOXSports.com poll.

Illinois is listed among the top 25 in four of the five preseason polls, ranking as high as No. 17 according to CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish and Goodman. Wisconsin checks in three of the five lists and gets a nod on Goodman's "Watch List". DeCoury lists Minnesota as No. 23 for the upcoming season.

The Big Ten leads all conferences with at least two top-five teams in each poll and at least three top-10 teams in all five polls.

Click for a consensus listing of the 2010-11 top 10.


A complete breakdown of Big Ten teams among the early preseason polls.

School

ESPN.com

FOXSports.com

CBSSports.com

Sporting News

Sports Illustrated

Michigan State

4

2

1

3

2

Ohio State

 

12

5

8

2

8

Purdue

 

1

4

4

5

5

Illinois

 

24

17

17

20

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Wisconsin


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Watch list

23

 18

15

Minnesota

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23
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