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The Michigan Daily - Tipoff 2004 -
Big Ten Preview
This season, the Big Ten is celebrating its 100th year of basketball. The Daily basketball writers
project Michigan to finish third in the conference this season. Here's a look at what to expect from
the other Big Ten teams this year, with teams ordered by their projected conference finish:

We play in Crisler Arena, where the hoopers at
The post men, the high flyers
And the three-point shooters at.h
NIT 2004, other teams pursuing that
Dunkin on these lame cats
(A.G., why you doin' that?)
'Cuz that's my job, 2-for.
I catch the lob,
the lob I catch
make you say whoa like Black Rob.
But it ain't ova yet cuz who handle the rfe?
D. Horton, plain and simple, yeah he get off his shots.
But who call the shots, T.A.,
coach Ram, coach Moore, coach Swen.
Slam Jam thank you ma'am!
Next up, nyce man game high 28, ,
My first 28 field goalsV
(How many were dunks?) 28
Then L.A., Mr. consistency,
Sherrod Harrell, Graham Brown Tri-capincy
And why we play so hard
Why we run when Plock say run.
It ain't the name on the back
It's the name on the front.

The NIT was just for starters,
Naw ... we ain't finished yet.
Courtney Sims keeps blockin' shots,
I'm fyin through the air like learjets.
Then in comes Big Game Hunter,
Known as the Big Game Hunter,
Shoot three-pointers'like his name's Lindsay Hunter.
Switch the subject, in comes J.C. Mathis,
-He's complaining 'cuz Amadou keeps hackin'.
Keeps smackin', he keeps foulin',
'meanwhile Ashtyn Bell still wildin'.
Dani, John and R.c., too,
Blue team combo like R2 D2.
Michigan State and Illinois, too,
Georgia Tech, yeah, they'll all get ran through.
All get done too, Maize Rage, Blue Crew,
Cheer for who, who, dribble, dribble, shoot, shoot.
Basketball this year and football this year,
all goin' for the championship.
Chorus:
We've got to be one of the most underrated teams in bas-
ketball
Number one! Number one!

No.1Illinois No.5Purdue
LAST YEAR: 13-3 Big Ten, 26-7 overall. LAsr YEAR: 7-9, 17-14.
THE LOWDOWN: The Illini return THE LOWDOWN: The biggest story on
their top 10 scorer from last year's campus is the retirio of head coach Gene
team, including tis seon's Big Ten Keady after the ses.Although the old
Preseason Pyr of thear, Deron drill sergeant dis'' "t his final year to
Williams. it clod n uard Dee draw attentioa r ,' team, there's
Brown nial k of the best no doubt that" a . ::"d will just be
backcourt l hfre country. one more leg of' i "tour.
Guard Luther ads e X-factor DID I READ THAT' : Keady will be
DID I READ THAT RIGHT?: Illinois replaced by Matt Painter, who joins the
has lost just three times at home dur- team this year as an associate head coach.
ing the past five years, compiling a Learning the ropes while your predeces-
63-3 record. sor runs the show for a year? Awkward.
No.2 Michigan State No. 61owa
LAST YEAR: 12-4, 18-12. LAsT YEAR: 9-7, 16-13.
THE LOWDOWN: Michigan State's THE LOWDOWN: The Hawkeyes have a
schedule isn't as imposing this season strong junior class in Pierre Pierce, Jeff
as it has been the pist few seasons. Horner and Gr 'ree, but are they
The Spartans do return the most potent good eno d ring castto
inside-outside combination in the Big the Big B et as ad aload of
Ten, with center Paul Davis and guards size - bri'g in fo "re'h standing
Chris Hill, Kelvin Tolbert and Alan above 6-food-7 - ' wgi'e them an
Anderson. advantage over the otherwise small Big
DID I READ THAT RIGHT? The Spar- Ten frontcourts.
tans have made seven consecutive trips DID I READ THAT RIGHT? Iowa has 17
to the NCAA Tournament, the longest NCAA Tournament appearances over the
streak in the Big Ten. past 25 years.
No.4 Wisconsin No.7indiana
LAST YEAR: 12-4, 25-7. LAsT YEAR: 7-9, 14-15.
THE LOWDOWN: This year might be THE LOWDOWN: Indiana should turn
about what could have been. When 2003- things around this season, with Bracey
04 Big Ten Player of theYarDevin Har- Wright and guard Marshall Strickland's
ris chose to - ar j ior season, abilityto do it all Look for the frontcourt to
he may ha k pe another Big improve with Patrick Ewing Jr. finally liv-
Ten title a sour appear- inguptohis names dfre nJ.
ance with hi " Mke Wilkinson White - Parade All-Ameic in high
and Alando t behind to pick school - mak'tg an instantimpact.
up the pieces. DID I READ THA T sRIT?: The Hoosiers
DtD I READ THAT RIGHT?: The Badgers have one of the best recriting classes u
have won 25 straight home games, the the country with White and 7-foot -I Rob-
longest streak in the Big Ten. ert Rothbart?

No.8 Northwestern
LAST YEAR: 8-8, 14-15.
THE LOWDOWN: Head coach Bill
Carmody i ac y have a legit-
imate tea s ds. No longer
the laughis of 'Big Ten, the
Wildcats ar s'ly t'rning heads.
They've lr 4 transfe "'Tim Doyle
from St. JOh and Ihael Thomp-
son from Duke Both will be eligible
to play thie eason
DID 1 READ THAT RIGHT?: North-
western has never reached the NCAA
Tournament.
No.9 Ohio State
LAST YEAR: 6-10, 14-16.
THE LOWDOWN: First-year head coach
Thad Motta has inherited a complete
mess from form r oach Jim O'Brien.
Motta may h aenwesme magic at
Xavier-7 ' 're"' athere -
but he'll '"'"'i ' ,phis sleeve
to get th ''u eto'4. gether.
DID IATHA TIGT,: The Buck-
eyes ha'e, alreu In rched "'ommit-
ment from B.J. Mullens, a 6-foot-10
high school freshman.

No.10 Minnesota
LAST YEAR: 3-13, 12-18.
THE LOWDOWN: Minnesota's best
player from a year ago, freshman Kris
Humphries, darted to the NBA, like
he said he ouId The Gohers return
just four players who 'Were on the
roster from last season, and just one
who pled mope1 t tha 7 minutes per
game.
DID I READ THAT RIGHT? Minnesota
welcomes eight freshman and three
junior college transfers this season,
while returning just one starter.
No.11 Penn State
LAST YEAR: 3-13, 9-19.
THE LOWDOWN: Penn State reloaded at
every position with its recruiting class,
and every little bit will help. Sophomores
Ben Luber and Marlon Smith were the
only guards on scholarship for the Nitta-
ny Lions last year, forcing them to shoul-
der an unbearable amount of the burden
for losing.
DID READ THAT RIGHrr?: Luber and
Smith ranked first and third in the con-
ference, respectively, in minutes played
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Big Ten champion
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Big Ten third place
Michigan's Big Ten finish
Big Ten Tournament champion
Big Ten MVP
Michigan MVP
Big Ten surprise team
NCAA "bracket buster"
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Most overrated team

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25-9
Illinois
Michigan $tate
Michigan
Third
Michigan State
Bracey Wright
Daniel Horton
Indiana
Central Florida
LawrenceRober ts
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Holman
25-11
Illinois
Michigan State
Michigan
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Michigan
Deron Williams
Horton
Northwestern
Charlotte
Wayne Simien
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23-12
Illinois
Wisconsin
Michigan
Third
Wisconsin
Williams
Lester Abram
Indiana
Princeton
Chris Paul
Duke

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22-12
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Michigan State
Wisconsin
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Williams
Courtney Sims
Iowa
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Francisco Garcia
Kentucky

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