Wednesday night doesn't lack for appealing matchups on the hardwood, with one of the best rivalries in the Big East last decade sharing the stage with key games in the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 ad Mountain West. Connecticut, who can use a "big" win this season, hosts a resurgent Pittsburgh squad that is one of two Big East teams still undefeated in conference play. Ashton Gibbs has stepped up in recent weeks and the return of Gilbert Brown and Jermaine Dixon has given Jamie Dixon's team more depth on the perimeter.
Another year in the books, and thankfully conference play is finally here. After all the preseason tournaments, marquee matchups, and guarantee games played in the last two months, these teams have seemingly come out of nowhere to become the early season surprises so far.
William & Mary
With six teams in CHN's preseason Top 25, and 3 more teams with NCAA Tournament hopes, no league has more depth than the Big Ten. And an improving Indiana into the mix, and this should be quite a season for Big Ten fans.
EVANSTON, Ill. -
Northwestern senior guard/forward Jeff Ryan
(Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) suffered a torn anterior cruciate
ligament in his left knee during the Wildcats' season-opening contest
against Northern Illinois Friday night and will miss the remainder of
the 2009-10 season.
Ryan is expected to undergo surgery to repair the knee in the coming weeks.
BIG TEN 5-YEAR STANDINGS
CHN's annual 5-year ranking answers a simple question is in a simple manner: Who has been the best team in the Big Ten over the last five years?