The Daily men’s basketball beat predicts how all 12 teams will finish in the Big Ten this year.

1. Indiana

Key Returners: Sophomore forward Cody Zeller, senior forward Christian Watford

Key Losses: Forward Tom Pritchard

Marquee non-conference games: Nov. 27 vs. North Carolina

What it has to do to please its fan base: Win a national title

2. Michigan

Key Returners: Sophomore guard Trey Burke, junior guard Tim Hardaway, Jr.

Key Losses: Guard Zack Novak and guard Stu Douglass

Marquee non-conference games: Nov. 21 vs. Pittsburgh, Nov. 27 vs. North Carolina State, Dec. 15 vs. West Virginia

What it has to do to please its fan base: Make it to the Elite Eight

3. Ohio State

Key Returners: Junior guard Aaron Craft, junior forward Deshaun Thomas, junior guard Lenzelle Smith, Jr.

Key Losses: Forward Jared Sullinger, guard William Buford

Marquee non-conference games: Nov. 28 at Duke, Dec. 22 vs. Kansas

What it has to do to please its fan base: Make it to the Final Four

4. Michigan State

Key Returners: Junior guard Keith Appling, sophomore guard Branden Dawson, senior center Derrick Nix

Key Losses: Forward Draymond Green

Marquee non-conference games: 66-62 L vs. Connecticut on Nov. 9, 67-64 W vs. Kansas on Nov. 13, Dec. 22 vs. Texas

What it has to do to please its fan base: Make it to the Sweet Sixteen

5. Wisconsin

Key Returners: Fifth-year senior Jared Berggren, senior forward Mike Bruesewitz, sophomore guard Traevon Jackson

Key Losses: Guard Jordan Taylor, guard Rob Wilson, junior guard Josh Gasser (to season-ending ACL injury)

Marquee non-conference games: 74-56 L vs. Florida on Nov. 14, Nov. 23 vs. Creighton, Nov. 28 vs. Virginia

What it has to do to please its fan base: Make it to the Sweet Sixteen

6. Minnesota

Key Returners: Senior forward Trevor Mbakwe, senior forward Rodney Williams, Jr., sophomore guard Andre Hollins

Key Losses: Forward Ralph Sampson III

Marquee non-conference games: Nov. 22 vs. Duke, Nov. 27 at Florida State

What it has to do to please its fan base: Qualify for the NCAA Tournament

7. Northwestern

Key Returners: Senior guard Drew Crawford, sophomore guard Drew Sobolewski

Key Losses: Forward John Shurna

Marquee non-conference games: Nov. 27 vs. Maryland, Dec. 4 at Baylor

What it has to do to please its fan base: Qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history

8. Iowa

Key Returners: Junior guard Roy Devyn Marble, senior guard Eric May, junior forward Melsahn Basabe

Key Losses: Guard Matt Gatens

Marquee non-conference games: Nov. 27 at Virginia Tech, Dec. 7 vs. Iowa State

What it has to do to please its fan base: Qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006

9. Purdue

Key Returners: Senior guard D.J. Byrd, junior guard Terone Johnson

Key Losses: Forward Robbie Hummel

Marquee non-conference games: Dec. 15 vs. Notre Dame

What it has to do to please its fan base: Qualify for the NCAA Tournament

10. Illinois

Key Returners: Senior guard Brandon Paul, senior guard D.J. Richardson

Key Losses: Head coach Bruce Weber

Marquee non-conference games: Dec. 8 vs. Gonzaga

What it has to do to please its fan base: Qualify for the NCAA Tournament

11. Penn State

Key Returners: Senior guard Tim Frazier

Key Losses: Forward Billy Oliver

Marquee non-conference games: Nov. 15 vs. North Carolina State, Nov. 28 vs. Boston College

What it has to do to please its fan base: Finish above .500

12. Nebraska

Key Returners: Senior forward Brandon Ubel

Key Losses: Guard Bo Spencer, guard Toney McCray, center Jorge Brian Diaz

Marquee non-conference games: Dec. 15 at Oregon

What it has to do to please its fan base: Four conference wins and late-season momentum

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