In an early look ahead to the 2012-13 college basketball season, we rank the top teams in the Big Ten. Is there a clear number one?

The Big Ten has been arguably the strongest conference in college hoops over the past few seasons, with Ohio State, Michigan State and Wisconsin among a number of others always finding themselves in the top 25 rankings. 

But, now there's a new king in town in the conference. 

#1) Indiana (+750 to win the national championship)

Cody ZellerIt's a great time to be a Hoosiers fan as they're primed for a huge season. So good in fact that they're second in the nation in the futures odds, behind only Kentucky who's at +600. 

Indiana, who actually beat Kentucky last season, enters as the favorite in the Big Ten. They have all five starters coming back, led of course by star soon-to-be sophomore Cody Zeller.

Zeller will be in contention for Player of the Year plaudits this coming season after posting averages of 15.6 PPG and 6.6 RPG in his freshman year. Look for him to guide the Hoosiers to another deep run in the postseason.

#2) Ohio State (+1750)

So Jared Sullinger's gone, as is trusty floor leader William Buford, but all hope's not lost in Ohio State. 

Thad Matta always has things under control and he'll be thankful that Deshaun Thomas opted to return. Thomas quietly averaged 15.9 PPG and 5.4 RPG last season and was fantastic in both the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments. 

Also coming back is Aaron Craft, a workhorse of a guard who's probably the best defender in the conference and maybe even in the country.

#3) Michigan (+2500) 

As soon as Trey Burke decided to skip the NBA draft, the Wolverines immediately became a team to really look out for in 2012-13. 

Burke did a little of everything in his freshman year, averaging 14.8 PPG, 4.6 APG and 3.5 RPG. He'll pair with Tim Hardaway Jr. to form one of the country's best backcourts. 

This team also has some big-time recruits coming in, like Glenn Robinson, Mitch McGary and Nick Stauskas, all of whom were ranked in the top 100 nationally. 

#4) Michigan State (+2800) 

The Spartans lose do-it-all forward Draymond Green, but at least Keith Appling is back. Appling will take over a large leadership role, even as a junior. 

In all actuality, a sizable chunk of Michigan State's roster is sticking around. Adreian Payne, Derrick Nix, Branden Dawson and Travis Trice should all assume larger roles on the team this coming season.

There's another thing to get extremely excited about for Spartans fans and that's stud recruit Gary Harris, a five-star prospect who should get a bunch of PT right from the beginning. Matt Costello and Kenny Kaminski should also see time as freshmen. 

#5) Minnesota (+7000) 

We wonder how different the NCAA Basketball odds would be if Trevor Mbakwe wasn't granted an extra year of eligibility. 

Mbakwe hurt himself early on last season and the Gophers missed him dearly. However, they've got to be thrilled that he decided to return for his “second” senior season. 

In fact, the only consistent contributor not coming back to Minnesota this season is Ralph Sampson III. Rodney Williams (12.2 PPG and 5.6 RPG) will be around, as will Austin Hollins, Julian Welch and Andre Hollins. 

#6) Wisconsin (+8000) 

The final team we're breaking down in these power rankings is Wisconsin. 

Bo Ryan no longer has Jordan Taylor running his offense and clearly that's a big blow. But that doesn't mean the Badgers are going to fall off the map completely.

Why? Ryan's got his four other starters all returning. Ryan Evans, Jared Berggren, Josh Gasser and Mike Bruesewitz are back and so is important reserve Ben Brust. Also, look out for fab freshman Sam Dekker.

Illinois (+11000), Iowa (+15000), Purdue (+22000) and Northwestern (+30000) are further down on the list, while Nebraska and Penn State don't even have odds listed. That tells you all you need to know about their chances.