Wisconsin men’s basketball chosen to finish 10th in Big Ten
MADISON – Will Wisconsin men’s basketball coach Greg Gard and his players bounce back from a disappointing sixth place finish in the Big Ten last season?
Or are the Badgers heading for another sub-standard season in 2021-22?
Writers who cover the Big Ten expect the latter.
The Big Ten media preseason poll released Wednesday predicts UW will finish 10th.
The Badgers are scheduled to replace five seniors in their rotation last season – guard D’Mitrik Trice, forward Micah Potter, center Nate Reuvers, forward Aleem Ford and guard Trevor Anderson.
This group averaged 46.9 points per game last season. UW averaged 70.0 points en route to a 10-10 final last season.
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UW has eight new players this season.
“Really excited to see how they can come together,” Gard said this week. “A group that I think has a lot of good individual pieces, but obviously new faces that haven’t spent a lot of time in a Badger uniform.
“Can’t wait to see how it all comes together.”
Michigan received 13 of 28 first place votes and is expected to claim the league title. Purdue received 12 votes for first place and is selected to finish second. Illinois received three votes for first place and is chosen to finish third.
On one lap, UW was chosen to finish as high as seventh and on two laps as low as 12th.
Illinois center Kofi Cockburn is the preseason player of the year, according to the poll.
The Badgers host UW-Whitewater in an exhibition game on October 29 and open the season on November 9 against St. Francis College in Brooklyn.