Although March memories are still fresh, college basketball is starting to creep back into the fold.
After updating its Way-Too-Early Top 25 rankings, ESPN decided to take its preseason content to the next level by pairing each team with a well-known song. Five Big Ten teams were given a song that defines them heading into the 2016-17 season.
Here are the song pairings and a brief description of ESPN’s reasoning.
No. 8 – Wisconsin Badgers: “All the Way Up (Remix),” Fat Joe and Remy Ma ft. Jay Z (2016)
“Hayes and fellow senior Bronson Koenig are poised to contend for a third Final Four appearance. ‘How high is high enough? ‘Till we eye-and-eye with the higher ups.'”
No. 10 – Michigan State Spartans: “Un-Break My Heart,” Toni Braxton (1996)
“It’s the perfect ballad for a talented Michigan State squad that must move forward without its Valentine … Denzel Valentine.”
No. 11 – Indiana Hoosiers: “Look At Me Now,” Chris Brown ft. Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne (2011)
“Instead of allowing his detractors to get their wish, Crean and the Hoosiers shook off an ugly 5-3 start to the season and marched into the Sweet 16, where they fell to North Carolina.”
No. 14 – Purdue Boilermakers: “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift (2014)
“If Purdue reaches its potential, Boilermakers fans will soon forget last season’s embarrassing finish.”
No. 18 – Maryland Terrapins: “Public Service Announcement,” Jay Z (2003)
“With the bulk of that team now gone including freshman center Diamond Stone, the Terps have to redefine themselves.”