The start of college basketball will be here sooner than you think, which means preseason rankings are everywhere.
ESPN analyst Jeff Goodman falls into the latter category. On Friday, he tabbed the teams he believes to be the most overrated headed into the season.
Goodman included a pair of Big Ten teams on the list, with Maryland joining the Badgers. Here’s what Goodman had to say about Wisconsin:
Some have the Badgers in the top 10. Wow. That’s a little high. The Badgers turned it on under coach Greg Gard last season, then made an improbable Sweet 16 appearance. Gard brings back everyone: Bronson Koenig, Nigel Hayes, Ethan Happ as well as fellow starters Vitto Brown and Zak Showalter. But I can’t get the vision out of my head of Hayes struggling in the NCAA tourney. Wisconsin could be a top-20 team virtually all season, but I’m not sold on top-10.
As for the Terrapins, Goodman isn’t sold that the return of point guard Melo Trimble will necessarily mean a stay in the top tier for Mark Turgeon’s bunch. Outside of Trimble, Maryland will have to replace four starters.
“This could be a bit of a rebuilding year in College Park,” Goodman wrote.
How both Wisconsin and Maryland live up to the preseason hype could go a long way in determining the strength of the Big Ten this season.