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2012-2013 Big Ten Basketball Preview

The Big Ten was the best basketball conference in the country a year ago, and it could be even tougher this year. Indiana is a projected front-runner for the national championship, Michigan and Ohio State are trendy Final Four picks, Michigan State has several players with star potential, and Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota could all be dark horses in the conference race. This is Maize n Brew's look around the Big Ten as we approach the start of college basketball season.

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Big Ten Basketball Preview: Northwestern

Despite being as close to an NCAA Tournament bid as they've ever been, Northwestern figures to take a step back in the rugged Big Ten as John Shurna, one of the best players in program history, departs.

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Big Ten Basketball Preview: Minnesota

After Trevor Mbakwe was lost to a season-ending injury early on in the season, the Gophers struggled through Big Ten play. Still, the emergence of Andre Hollins and a surprising run to the finals of the NIT provided a positive finish to the season, and with Mbakwe back, the Gophers should be a dangerous team this year.

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Big Ten Basketball Preview: Illinois

Illinois collapsed last year down the stretch -- they closed out the season with 12 losses in 14 games, star player Meyers Leonard struggled, and coach Bruce Weber was fired -- but new coach John Groce is inheriting some talented players and could surprise in the Big Ten this year. It will be tough for Illinois to gain traction in the nation's toughest conference, although there's definitely some potential for a program that may have hit rock bottom a year ago.

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Big Ten Basketball Preview: Nebraska

The Cornhuskers struggled mightily in their first year in the Big Ten, finishing tied for last in the conference with Penn State. New coach Tim Miles is coming into a program that loses star guard Bo Spencer, as well as several other seniors, and has a lack of proven players. It's going to be a rough first year for Miles, who did create a pretty respectable program at his previous job, Colorado State, and Nebraska seems a few years away from escaping the Big Ten cellar.

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Big Ten Basketball Preview: Penn State

With the college basketball season quickly approaching, Maize n Brew is kicking off its preview coverage with the start of a mini-series looking around the Big Ten and each team's prospects for the upcoming season. Today, it's Penn State, a team that finished at the bottom of the conference last year, but has a bonafide star in senior guard Tim Frazier, an interesting mix of talent in the rest of the backcourt, and a promising coach who is starting to build a solid foundation in Happy Valley.

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