The Best College Basketball Team in Each State (Part 2)

Let’s continue this series with part two!

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Illinois – Northwestern Wildcats

Northwestern has begun their season in terrific fashion, with wins over Texas and Notre Dame and just two losses by a combined six points to Notre Dame and Butler.

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Indiana – Indiana Hoosiers

Despite dropping an early season game to IPFW, the Hoosiers look to be one of the most talented teams in all of college basketball. Led by star big man Thomas Bryant and wing James Blackmon Jr., Indiana is the favorite to win the Big 10 conference.

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Iowa – Iowa Sate Cyclones

Iowa State has turned into a top tier basketball program over the last few years, and this year’s team is set to continue that tradition of success. Led by senior point guard Monte Morris, the Cyclones are going to be extremely difficult to beat this season.

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Kansas – Kansas Jayhawks

Kansas is unbelievably talented this season. They pulled in number one recruit Josh Jackson to play along with Frank Mason and the rest of 2015’s returning squad. The Jayhawks are a Final Four favorite right now.

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Kentucky – Kentucky Wildcats

Despite losing over the weekend to UCLA (another ridiculously talented team), Kentucky does still have the most stacked team in the nation. Led by freshman point guard De’Aaron Fox and sophomore Isaiah Briscoe, the Wildcats are poised to have another successful season.

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Louisiana – Louisiana State Tigers

After an extremely disappointing 2015 season, LSU looks primed to have a much better 2016 campaign. The Tigers return some solid talent, highlighted by guard Antonio Blakeney, and could very well contend in the SEC.

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Maine – Maine Black Bears

The only Division 1 basketball program in Maine, the Black Bears win this one by default. Already off to a dismal 2-6 start, Maine has a long way to go if they want to have any sort of success this season.

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Maryland – Maryland Terrapins

Another team that underperformed in 2015, this Melo Trimble led squad looks to improve this season. Trimble is a true star in college basketball and he should be able to lead this team to a decent finish in the Big-10 conference.

 

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Massachusetts – Massachusetts Minutemen

Massachusetts is off to a very solid start to the 2016 season, opening up the year 5-2 with wins against in state rivals Harvard and Holy Cross. The Minutemen could compete in the extremely solid Atlantic-10 this season.

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Michigan – Michigan State Spartans

The Spartans just barely get this nod over Michigan. Sparty is off to just a 6-4 start, but much of that is due to their gruelingly difficult schedule. Michigan State has already come up against Arizona, Duke, Kentucky, Wichita State, and Baylor. Yikes.

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Minnesota – Minnesota Golden Gophers

Minnesota is off to an extremely successful beginning to the 2016 campaign, with an 8-1 record. The Golden Gophers have already gotten quality wins over Arkansas, St. Johns, and Vanderbilt; they definitely have a opportunity to compete in the Big-10 this year.

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Mississippi – Mississippi State Bulldogs

Mississippi State and Ole Miss have both been very competitive so far this season; the only reason that the Bulldogs garnered the nod here is because of their wins against higher quality opponents. Mississippi State has a very solid chance to compete for the second spot in the SEC behind Kentucky.

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Missouri – Missouri Tigers

The Tigers have had a very rough start to this season, with only a 5-3 record. Missouri has not performed very well in several games this year, including a shocking loss to North Carolina Central.

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Montana – Montana State Bobcats

Montana State has begun their year with a relatively difficult schedule; they managed to make it out of their first nine games with a 5-4 record. Perhaps their most impressive feat came in their recent eight point loss to a very solid Utah team.