Five Big Ten teams were in the top 25 when the preseason edition of the AP poll was released Monday.
Wisconsin was the highest ranked of the group at No. 9 and joined by Indiana, Michigan State and Purdue in the top 15.
The Badgers are the preseason favorite to win the Big Ten, returning the entire roster from last season, including stars Nigel Hayes, Bronson Koenig and Ethan Happ. Greg Gard enters his first full season as head coach after doing a terrific job taking over for the retiring Bo Ryan midway through last year.
The Hoosiers, ranked No. 11, lost star point guard Yogi Ferrell but return their own big three with Thomas Bryant, James Blackmon Jr. and OG Anunoby under Tom Crean after winning the regular-season league championship last season and making a run to the Sweet Sixteen.
The Spartans, ranked No. 12, seemed to be returning a strong group to pair with one of the country's best recruiting classes, but injuries have decimated the Michigan State frontcourt in the preseason, with big man Gavin Schilling and transfer Ben Carter both suffering significant injuries. The freshmen come with a lot of hype, but the Spartans have an immense challenge in trying to weather those injuries.
The Boilermakers, ranked No. 15, bring back stars Caleb Swanigan and Vince Edwards, and the combo has high hopes in West Lafayette. Purdue was embarrassingly bounced from the NCAA tournament in the first round this past season, but Matt Painter is looking to follow up on what was his fourth season of at least 26 wins.
Mark Turgeon's Maryland Terrapins were ranked at No. 25 in the poll. After last year's at times crushingly high expectations, Melo Trimble is the team's lone returning starter, and Turgeon has a tough task in replacing all that departed talent.
Ohio State and Michigan also received votes.