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November 4, 2006
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The Big Ten should consider this for a postseason game: Its all-conference team vs. its all-freshman team.
Nine of the top 58 recruits in the country, according to Rivals.com, chose Big Ten schools. That includes an Ohio State class with the nation's top prospect, 7-foot center Greg Oden.
The real question when deciding on the Big Ten preseason all-conference team is how many of the kids to include. You know the kind of impact a big-time freshman can have immediately in basketball, and some of these guys are definitely those types.
The freshmen in the Big Ten also will have ample opportunity. Ohio State lost three double-figure scorers, including conference player of the year Terence Dials. Indiana, Michigan State, Purdue and Minnesota also lost three double-figure scorers. Illinois lost its two best players.
But we won't discount the league's veterans, either. It's a pair of seniors who make Wisconsin the biggest threat to the youth movement at Ohio State. Watching the Badgers and the Buckeyes battle for Big Ten supremacy should be a real treat.
Here are the Rivals.com Preseason All-Big Ten teams: