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November 4, 2006
Big Ten Preview: All eyes on Ohio State
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It's nice to be an Ohio State fan these days.
The Buckeyes football team is undefeated and virtually undisputed as the No. 1 team in the nation. The basketball team is coming off a regular-season Big Ten title - and could be even better this year.
That's what happens when you sign the Rivals.com No. 2 recruiting class in the nation, otherwise known as "The Thad Five." Coach Thad Matta welcomes three five-star prospects - including the No. 1 recruit in the nation, 7-foot center Greg Oden. Matta also landed a four-star prospect and a three-star prospect.
It's quite an influx of talent, enough to pick Ohio State to top the conference once again. But it won't come without a fight from Wisconsin and Indiana.
In Bloomington, the 2004 league freshman of the year makes his return. D.J. White is back from an injury that forced him to redshirt last season. He'll lead the Hoosiers under first-year coach Kelvin Sampson.
It should be an exciting season. Penn State could be on the way up, Purdue on the way down. Tom Izzo lost a ton of talent to the NBA, but you know better than to count him and the Spartans out in the conference race.
Here is the Rivals.com preview of the upcoming Big Ten basketball season: