College basketball season starts this week, and given the Big Ten's gridiron struggles this fall, most followers of the conference are more than ready to hit the hardwood. I'll briefly preview every Big Ten team, in order of finish, including its key player and a Media Day quote from its coach.
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12. Penn State
Key player: D.J. Newbill, senior guard
Patrick Chambers: "I've been down in the bottom portion for the last few years. Our kids are working really hard, and it needs to swing our way a little bit."
Last season was Penn State's best in the three-year reign of coach Pat Chambers, and even then the Nittany Lions finished below .500. This year's team won't likely be much better, despite featuring a crew of veterans, led by D.J. Newbill, who averaged 17.8 points a game last season, second in the conference. Penn State might win half its games this year but not many more than that.
(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Alex Putterman is a junior Journalism major at Northwestern University and sports editor of the Daily Northwestern student newspaper. He has fairly eclectic interests but loves baseball above all. Follow him on Twitter: @AlexPutt02