Whether Big Ten Basketball is simply resting on its laurels, or the “Power Conference” is in fact as good as advertised, 2021-22 saw the Big Ten Conference have a typical “Big Ten” season. Five teams were ranked in the preseason AP Poll, four were in the final AP Poll and nine were given an invitation to the NCAA Tournament. Of those nine teams, just Michigan and Purdue managed two victories in order to extend their season past the first weekend and both lost in their Regional Semi-Final.
The 2022-23 Big Ten season will provide an opportunity for freshmen to contribute and for role players to become stars. Every member of the All-Big Ten First Team has moved on from collegiate basketball, leaving behind a void to be filled.
As Player of the Year Johnny Davis departs, Trayce Jackson-Davis and Hunter Dickinson remain, with Sixth Man of the Year Trevion Williams no longer in the Big Ten, Trey Galloway and Malik Hall look to make a bigger name for themselves off their respective benches.
Now that the NBA Draft has passed, the only opportunity for rosters to change is via the transfer portal. With most power conference teams having already met their scholarship capacity the odds of a player committing who has the talent to shift the landscape of the Big Ten is slim. With starters firmly in place and team’s depth charts filling out to the point of being complete, how and how well teams will score is of interest.