College sports are about to get that much busier thanks to the start of the basketball season.
CBS Sports decided to take on the difficult task of ranking teams 1-351, starting with Duke at No. 1 and ending with Chicago State all the day down at 351.
Here’s where CBS Sports puts the Big Ten teams:
- No. 8 Michigan State
- No. 10 Indiana
- No. 12 Wisconsin
- No. 20 Purdue
- No. 39 Ohio State
- No. 42 Maryland
- No. 43 Michigan
- No. 64 Penn State
- No. 65 Illinois
- No. 85 Iowa
- No. 86 Northwestern
- No. 107 Nebraska
- No. 118 Minnesota
- No. 253 Rutgers
It’s not too surprising to see Michigan State and Indiana come in ahead of the rest, even though Wisconsin has perhaps the league’s best player in Nigel Hayes.
Here’s CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander on Michigan State:
It’s the highest-rated freshman class Tom Izzo’s ever had: Miles Bridges, Josh Langford, Cassius Winston, Nick Ward. If those four play up to their talent this season, then look out
With four teams in the Top 20, seven in the Top 50 and nine in the Top 65, the Big Ten conference schedule is going to be full of potential upsets and thrilling finishes. It’s shaping up to be a wild season.
That should leave the league’s strongest teams ready for the NCAA Tournament as the Big Ten looks for its first national champion since Michigan State in 2000.