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March 8, 2007
And a pair of freshmen shall lead them.
Turns out they'll lead them well, too.
Former high school teammates Greg Oden and Mike Conley Jr. have more than lived up to the hype. Coming to Ohio State together from Indianapolis Lawrence North, Oden and Conley took the Big Ten by storm. The former five-star prospects have helped the Buckeyes (27-3, 15-1) not only to the top seed in the conference tournament, but to the top ranking in the country.
For their efforts, they're two-fifths of the Rivals.com All-Big Ten first team.
Oden has done what he was expected to do. The 7-foot center averaged 15.3 points and led the Big Ten in rebounding, blocked shots and field-goal percentage. He was a difference-maker on defense from the first time he took the court in December after missing seven games because of surgery on his right (shooting) wrist.
The revelation was Conley, who made a seamless transition to the college game. He has proven to be a consummate floor general, getting the ball to open teammates and knowing when to take it himself.
However, our All-Big Ten first team is not entirely about the new faces. Our team also features a couple of seniors who have left an indelible mark on the conference. Here are the Rivals.com All-Big Ten basketball teams for 2006-07: