Big Ten Basketball Media Day is being held in Rosemont, Ill., Thursday, and during the proceedings the conference will release a list of the conference's top three teams as voted on by the media.
But at last check, there were 14 teams in the B1G, with Maryland and Rutgers joining the fray this year. And at last check, nobody wants to see only three of those 14 teams rated.
So every year at this time, a kind of sort of top-secret media panel comprised of beat writers for every team in the Big Ten projects the final conference standings, first through last. Or in this case, from No. 1 through No. 14.
As you might expect, Penn State, which is riding a string of three straight losing seasons, is not expected to make much noise in the Big Ten.
The Lions check in at No. 12 in the poll, and received votes from No. 9 through No. 13. Of the 27 voters, one picked PSU to finish ninth, one 10th, six 11th, 11 12th and eight 13th.
Northwestern checks in at No. 13.
The Scarlet Knights, meanwhile, are expected to finish last -- and in a big way. All 27 panelists pick RU to finish 14th.
Ironically, the only other unanimous vote was at the top of the poll, where all 27 reporters picked 2014 Final Four participant Wisconsin to win the conference.
The Badgers are followed by Ohio State and Michigan State.
A team received 14 points for a first-place vote, 13 for second place and so on. The voting was remarkably consistent across the panel, as there were only two outliers.
Maryland received 26 votes ranging from seventh through 11th place, and one for fourth place. Minnesota received 26 votes ranging from third through ninth, and one for 11th.
B1G Preseason Top 14
1. Wisconsin (378)
2. Ohio State (322)
3. Michigan State (305)
4. Nebraska (299)
5. Michigan (286)
6. Minnesota (226)
7. Iowa (214)
8. Illinois (196)
9. Indiana (163)
10. Maryland (162)
11. Purdue (95)
12. Penn State (84)
13. Northwestern (78)
14. Rutgers (27)