Nifty graph from the Big Ten Geeks: efficiency margin vs. percentage of returning minutes. The data indicate Purdue, MIchigan State, and Wisconsin are in good shape. Indiana, not so much.
In two years, the talent level in the conference looks like it may jump a notch. UMHoops notes that 12 of the 38 top-150 recruits for the class of 2010 who have made verbal commitments are headed to Big Ten schools, led by Ohio State and Illinois. Keith Appling is MSU’s contribution to the dozen early commits.
In fact, Ohio State’s recruiting is going so well that Thad Matta is already overcommitted by a scholarship for 2010–and he’s not quitting. Apparently, he’s pretty confident the early exodus of Buckeyes to the NBA will continue.