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Who is the best basketball team in the Big Ten this season?

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November 20th, 2014

While getting ready to call the Syracuse-California game at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, I really enjoyed a day in the Big Apple.

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Dickie V`s All-American Teams and Dazzling Diaper Dandies

Dickie V reveals his Top 25 teams for the 2014-201 season!

1. Kentucky
John Calipari has nine McDonald's All-Americans on his roster. Are you serious? Most coaches would be thrilled to have one or two. The 'Cats have a nice blend of experience with the Harrison Twins, Alex Poythress, Willie Cauley-Stein and company joining with a solid group of diaper dandies. Calipari will find a way to keep everyone happy with their minutes, and more importantly, winning.

2. Duke
Jabari Parker is now a Milwaukee Buck and Coach K has a great group of newcomers at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones will have a major impact. Rasheed Sulaimon, Quinn Cook and Amile Jefferson are among the hungry players returning. Krzyzewski will contend for a fifth national title.

3. Kansas
Bill Self lost a lot of talent in Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid, but he simply reloads. Cliff Alexander will become a big man on campus in Lawrence. Perry Ellis will step up and post more impressive numbers.

4. Wisconsin
Frank Kaminsky decided to return to Madison instead of taking the green of the NBA dollars, making Bo Ryan very happy. Experience in the backcourt plus Sm Dekker and Nigel Hayes up front gives the Badgers a legit shot at another Final Four.

5. North Carolina
Marcus Paige will be among the star of stars, the elite All-Solid Gold leader of a solid Tar Heels squad. Kennedy Meeks, Brice Johnson and company join a talented group of diaper dandies as Roy Williams has a top five threat.

6. Arizona
The return of Brandon Ashley and the debut of Stanley Johnson will be difference makers. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will move into the spotlight with Aaron Gordon in the NBA. The backcourt remains solid as Sean Miller's club is the best in the west.

7. Texas
Remember when some people had Rick Barnes on the hot seat? Not anymore. The Longhorns will breath down Kansas' necks in the Big 12. Isaiah Taylor is an outstanding guard, there is a lot of experience on the roster. Then add one of the nation's best diaper dandies in Myles Turner, and fans in Austin are smiling.

8. Virginia
Tony Bennett's team dominated the ACC last year and he has many of the pieces back in place for another big run. Malcolm Brogdon is solid and London Perrantes is Mr. Consistent with the rock in his hands. Mike Tobey will make more noise up front.

9. Florida
Another year, another super team for Billy the Kid in Gainesville. Kasey Hill will have added responsibility and will respond to the challenge. Michael Frazier II and Dorian Finney-Smith will be consistent scorers.

10. Louisville
Rick Pitino won't have Russ Sith anymore, but the Cardinals have plenty of talented performers to compete in their new home, the ACC. Chris Jones will step up into the star role.

11. Gonzaga
Mark Few may have the deepest backcourt in America, with Kevin Pangos, Gary Bell Jr., and USC transfer Byron Wesley.

12. Wichita State
Gregg Marshall's club has made a lot of noise over the last few years, and that will continue, led by Fred Van Vleet and Ron Baker.

13. Iowa State
The return of Georges Niang (injured during last year's NCAA tourney) and the addition of Bryce Dejean-Jones (transfer from UNLV) has Fred Hoiberg smiling. There will be a lot of Hilton Magic.

14. Villanova
Jay Wright has a solid nucleus of returning veterans, led by Jayvaughn Pinkston.

15. VCU
Shaka Smart has Treveon Graham and Briante Weber leading the way.

16. Connecticut
Ryan Boatright will have more of the leadership role with Shabazz Napier gone. Rodney Purvis (transfer from NC State) is eligible and a factor.

17. San Diego State
Steve Fisher has done an amazing job with this program and Winston Shepard keeps the Aztecs rolling.

18. Nebraska
There is more to life than just football in Lincoln. Terran Petteway is a PTPer to watch.

19. Oklahoma
Lon Kruger has a underrated guard in Buddy Hield and enough returning talent to push in the Big 12.

20. Harvard
Tommy Amaker has built something special in Cambridge. This could be a big year.

21. Michigan State
The Spartans lost a lot (Adriean Payne, Gary Harris, Keith Appling). Branden Dawson is back and Tom Izzo is a magician.

22. SMU
The Mustangs would have been top15 for sure if Emanual Mundiay was there. Larry Brown will has an AAC contender.

23. Ohio State
Thad Matta likes this squad and the Buckeyes won 25 games last season.

24. Iowa
Aaron White is a guy I love to watch. Fran McCaffery has a lot of experience on his roster.

25. Pittsburgh
Losing PG Cameron Wright (broken foot) for two months is a blow, but the Panthers have some tough kids.


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