It is officially preseason magazine season and Michigan is picked to win the Big Ten in this year’s edition of Lindy’s Sports. The Wolverines are ranked 3rd nationally in Lindy’s top-40 and also earned several notable individual accolades. The magazine also projects that Michigan will make the Final Four along with Gonzaga, Kansas and UCLA.
Hunter Dickinson was pegged as an All-Big Ten Player and Third Team All-American while Caleb Houstan is picked as the Big Ten Newcomer of the Year. Dickinson (6th), Houstan (31st) and DeVante’ Jones (52nd) are also ranked in Lindy’s top-150 player rankings.
· Seven Big Ten teams are ranked in Lindy’s preseason top 40, which is topped by preseason No. 1 Gonzaga. The Big Ten teams in the top 40 include Michigan (No. 3), Purdue (No. 5), Ohio State (No. 17), Illinois (No. 20), Michigan State (No. 22), Maryland (No. 27) and Indiana (No. 40).
· Seven Big Ten teams are projected to make the 2022 NCAA tournament: Michigan, Purdue, Ohio State, Illinois, Michigan State, Maryland and Indiana.
· Lindy’s ranked all 32 conferences in college basketball and has the Big Ten second behind the SEC.
· Michigan’s frontcourt is ranked 2nd in the country behind only Gonzaga. Surprisingly, the Big Ten only has one other top ten frontcourt on the list (No. 5 Purdue).
· Michigan’s backcourt checks in at No. 7 nationally in Lindy’s ranking of the top ten backcourts in college basketball. The top three are Alabama, Gonzaga and UCLA and no other Big Ten teams make the top ten.
· Two Big Ten players earned Lindy’s preseason All-American honors. Kofi Cockburn of Illinois is a second-team selection and Hunter Dickinson of Michigan is a third-team selection.
· Lindy’s ranked the top 150 players in college basketball and included the following Big Ten players: Cockburn (No. 4), Dickinson (No. 6), E.J. Liddell (No. 11), Trayce Jackson-Davis (No. 26), Caleb Houstan (No. 31), Trevion Williams (No. 34), Ron Harper Jr. (No. 49), DeVante’ Jones (No. 52), Jaden Ivey (No. 61), Andre Curbelo (No. 73), Tyson Walker (No. 96), Jordan Bohannon (No. 100), Max Christie (No. 101), Qudus Wahab (No. 104) and Eric Ayala (No. 123).
· Lindy’s full projected order of finish in the Big Ten is Michigan, Purdue, Ohio State, Illinois, Michigan State, Maryland, Indiana, Wisconsin, Rutgers, Iowa, Northwestern, Penn State, Nebraska, and Minnesota.
· Cockburn is Lindy’s pick for preseason Big Ten player of the year and Houstan is the pick for newcomer of the year.
· Dickinson is on the preseason All-Big Ten first team with Liddell, Williams, Cockburn and Jackson-Davis. The second team features Ivey, Curbelo, Harper Jr., Jones and Houstan. The third team is Ayala, Christie, Bohannon, Walker and Wahab.
· Kim Barnes Arico’s squad also earned some preseason ink, checking in at No. 10 in the women’s top 25 list with Naz Hillmon as a second-team All-American.