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2 Heavyweights to Dominate Big Ten

Steve Perez/Detroit News

An analytical look at what we’ve learned about the Big Ten in the first two months of the season and how the conference race shapes up as league play begins on New Year’s Eve:

THE FAVORITES

To stick with Indiana alone as favorites would be to fail to acknowledge that Michigan has been the more complete, assured team and possesses the necessary equipment to challenge for both the Big Ten title and the national championship. To install the Wolverines as favorites alone would ignore that IU retains the highest ceiling of any team in Division I, even if the Hoosiers have left it mostly unexplored to date.

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