Therefore, I can't argue with the "why" of posting basketball projections less than one week after the season ends like folks have already done over and over - writers need topics and people love looking ahead, dreaming and scheming. But what I can complain about is people getting all up in arms over these rankings, especially when it's not related to your own team.
Sure, it's natural to feel slighted when your team isn't viewed by the "professionals" as well as you'd expect, and to get giddy when your team is generating top-level buzz so many months prior to the first game. Let those feelings last a few minutes, and then move on. Players may leave for the NBA or get injured, team chemistry can change, coaches can be lured away for better gigs, and the world can end on December 21. It's not that hard to tell which teams are most likely going to be good and which teams aren't, but any effort to rank them right now is a waste of time. You're probably assuming that I'm implying this due to the current basketball landscape, but rest assured this issue was just as frustrating even when Purdue was receiving media love prior to the 2010-2011 season. A lot can change.
The only way to stop the early-April Madness is to stop caring. Stop commenting on these posts, giving them page views (check out my links above that you thought were rankings), and wasting your time and energy debating the rankings to death. Just stop.
I'm reminded of a quote from that famous hit of the 90's, The Critic: "It’s very simple: if you stop going to bad movies, they’ll stop making bad movies." If you stop caring about the most inane ultra-preseason rankings, maybe, just maybe, they'll go away.
So on that note, here are my 2012-2013 Big Ten Basketball season predictions! Did you expect I'd take the high road? If other people can make rankings based on assumptions of what will and won't happen this off-season, mine are just as valid.