Sunday, September 24, 2017

Big Ten: Purdue and Michigan State Ready to Seek Hoops Title After Other Big Ten Teams Shoot for Football Title

The four Big Ten football teams in the Top 10 will not be looking ahead to basketball season, but after the beating Michigan State took Saturday their fans may join many in Purdue in thinking ahead to possible deep March Madness runs on the basketball court.

Value Add ranks Wisconsin's Ethan Happ as a potential National Player of the Year candidate as the No. 2 returning player in the country, and many believe Michigan State's Miles Bridges can take both Player of the Year and bring home another National Championship for Tom Izzo.

Here is where Value Add ranks each Big Tean team for the season, and the Massey Rankings rank the football teams against all other schools. Updates will be provided here.

Big Ten / 2017 SeedHoops 2017-18Football
Purdue 4764
Michigan St. 91333
Minnesota 52826
Michigan 7294
Maryland 64245
Northwestern 84546
Wisconsin 86510
Penn St.706
Ohio St.1029

Here are the top 15 projected players in the conference in order.

Top 15 Big Ten PlayersValue AddSchoolHt
Ethan Happ 2210.65Wisconsin`6-10
Miles Bridges 229.90Michigan St.`6-07
Vincent Edwards 128.90Purdue`6-08
Moritz Wagner 138.70Michigan`6-11
Jaren Jackson8.20Michigan St.`6-10
Bryant McIntosh 308.00NorthWestern`6-03
Mike Watkins 247.78Penn St.`6-09
Nick Ward 447.27Michigan St.`6-08
Nate Mason 26.95Minnesota`6-02
Dakota Mathias 316.56Purdue`6-04
Justin Jackson 216.55Maryland`6-07
Vince Edwards 126.44Purdue`6-08
Glynn Watson 56.30Nebraska`6-00
Nicholas Baer 516.26Iowa`6-07
Jae'Sean Tate 16.25Ohio St.`6-04

Ken Pomeroy ranked the Big Ten 4th of 32 Division 1 basketball conferences, which will all be previewed here with notes on which schools are now "basketball" or "football" schools based on which program is stronger this season. Football revenue is much higher, but programs are much more expensive between equipment and the requirement of matching enough women's scholarships in other sports. Therefore some programs forgo FBS football programs to focus on low cost basketball programs as their biggest revenue sport.

Sports IllustratedFox Sports and ESPN have lauded Value Add Basketball for estimating the number of points each college basketball players is worth to his team above a replacement player - similar to baseball WAR (Wins Above Replacement). Massey Ratings is used for the football rankings above.

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