Four Big Ten WBB Squads Ranked in ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Preseason Coaches' Poll
Nov. 2, 2005
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - Four Big Ten women's basketball teams are ranked in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Preseason Coaches' Poll, which was released Wednesday, November 2. The league's four-team delegation ties the ACC, Big East and SEC for the largest among all conferences. Ohio State is ranked fourth in the nation, followed by defending national finalist Michigan State at No. 11. Minnesota, a Final Four squad from two years ago, will open the 2005-06 campaign ranked 17th, while Purdue rounds out the league's representatives at No. 23.
It was announced last week at Big Ten Media Day that the league coaches and 22-member media panel tabbed the Buckeyes as the conference's preseason favorite, followed by Michigan State in both polls. The Spartans shared the 2005 league title with Ohio State (30-5) and reached the national championship final with a 33-4 record, marking the first time in Big Ten history two conference teams eclipsed the 30-win mark in a season. The coaches selected Minnesota as the third-place team, while the media chose Purdue No. 3.
The 2005-06 campaign gets underway for conference teams November 11, when Michigan travels to Eugene, Ore., for the Women's Sports Foundation Basketball Challenge. The Wolverines will open against Temple on the 11th, followed by a matchup against St. Francis or Oregon the next night.