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Big Ten Basketball: Way-too-early power rankings for 2024-25 season

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The Purdue Boilermakers were so close to ending the drought of Big Ten Basketball not winning a national title but they came up short in the national title game, falling to UConn. They were the bright spot in what was overall a "disappoiting" year for the conference, getting six teams to the NCAA Tournament, which is low for their standards.

Now, four more programs join the Big Ten, bringing the total to 18. They're from the Pac-12 in the Los Angeles schools (USC and UCLA), as well as Oregon and Washington. Where do these newcomers currently fit in their new league? Based on the first month of the offseason movement, here's a look at where everyone stands in the Big Ten.

18. Iowa Hawkeyes

2023-24 season record: 19-15 (10-10 Big Ten)

When it comes to programs and "momentum", it's hard to be optimistic about Iowa. They lost several key pieces, including Tony Perkins, Ben Krikke, and even Patrick McCaffery, the son of head coach, Fran McCaffery. That departure was fairly surprising, with him ending up at Bulter.

The Hawkeyes have yet to add anyone from the transfer portal. That leaves them with two key players in leading scorer Payton Sandfort and Owen Freeman, a standout freshman forward. Right now, Sandfort is a projected first round pick and if he stays in the NBA Draft, that'll be a devasting blow.

No matter who Coach McCaffery loses each offseason, he tends to find a way to keep Iowa competitive. But right now, this roster has a ton of holes and they're slow to fill them.

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