Four Big Ten Teams Ranked in AP Preseason Top 25

On a day when Michigan State was named the unanimous preseason favorite to capture the 2013-14 Big Ten Championship at Big Ten Basketball Media Day, the Spartans led a group of four conference teams ranked in the preseason Associated Press Top 25. Michigan State was ranked No. 2 in the poll, followed by No. 7 Michigan, No. 11 Ohio State and No. 20 Wisconsin.

The Spartans return four starters from last year's team that advanced to the Sweet 16 and finished with a 27-9 record. Tom Izzo enters his 19th year at the helm. Harris and Payne were both named second-team All-Big Ten last season, as was senior guard Keith Appling. Harris also picked up Big Ten Freshman of the Year accolades from both the coaches and media.

Michigan welcomes back three starters from last year's team that advanced to the NCAA Championship game. John Beilein enters his seventh season with the Wolverines. Robinson III was a Big Ten All-Freshman Team selection by the coaches last season, and also collected All-Big Ten honorable mention plaudits from the media. Mitch McGary, a preseason All-Big Ten pick, became a regular starter during the NCAA Tournament, and averaged a double-double during the Wolverines' run to the Final Four.

Ohio State returns four starters from last year's team that advanced to the Elite Eight. The Buckeyes, who also won the Big Ten Tournament last season, are led by tenth-year head coach Thad Matta. Senior Aaron Craft was a first-team All-Big Ten selection by the media last season and is a preseason All-Big Ten selection.

Wisconsin enters the 13th year under the tutelage of head coach Bo Ryan, and returns the services of honorable mention All-Big Ten selection Ben Brust, and Sam Dekker, a member of the 2013 Big Ten All-Freshman Team. The Badgers advanced to the NCAA Tournament as an at-large selection last season.

Also receiving votes in the AP preseason top 25 were Indiana and Iowa.