Melo Trimble of the Maryland Terps, right, shoots the ball against A.J. Hammons of the Purdue Boilermakers at Mackey Arena on Feb. 27, 2016 in West Lafayette, Ind.
Melo Trimble of the Maryland Terps, right, shoots the ball against A.J. Hammons of the Purdue Boilermakers at Mackey Arena on Feb. 27, 2016 in West Lafayette, Ind. (Michael Hickey / Getty Images)

The Big Ten had a good day Wednesday, with the return of a number of its best players, including Maryland point guard Melo Trimble.

Trimble was the last of those who had put their names into the NBA draft pool to withdraw from consideration. His decsion came less than two hours before the midnight deadline.

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Here's a look at how the top of the league stacks up in the aftermath of those decisions.

FAVORITE

Wisconsin: The return of rising senior forward Nigel Hayes, a first-team All-Big Ten player last season, gives the Badgers their top nine scorers from a team that improved tremendously during the second half of the year and helped remove the interim tag from head coach Greg Gard. Still, it's not the kind of favorite Wisconsin was two years ago with the likes of Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker.

SERIOUS CONTENDERS

Michigan State: The loss of Big Ten Player of the Year Denzel Valentine, second-team All-Big Ten guard Bryn Forbes as well as big men Matt Costello and Deyonte Davis (who opted to leave after his freshman year) should make this a rebuilding year in East Lansing if not for the fact that Tom Izzo is bringing ione of the top recruiting classes in the country. This will be a different type of team for Izzo.

Indiana: The reigning Big Ten regular-season champions will have to replace two of their leading scorers in star point guard Yogi Ferrell, who graduated, and junior forward Troy Williams, who kept his name in the draft. But the Hoosiers could have the league's best frontcourt with Thomas Bryant and OG Anunoby, both of whom had great freshman years, as well as junior college forward Freddie McSwain. James Blackmon Jr. will have to take on a large responsibility replacing Ferrell after missing all but 13 games with an injury.

DARK HORSES

Purdue: Despite losing seniors and defensive standouts A.J. Hammons and Rapheal Davis, the Boilermakers will still be a contender with the return of rising sophomore power forward Caleb Swanigan, who, like Trimble, announced Wednesday he would return. Swanigan joins humongous Isaac Haas in the frontcourt. Point guard remains a question mark with Michigan transfer Spike Albrecht a possibility as a starter.

Maryland: Trimble's decision to return for his junior year could be what four-star prospect Justin Jackson needed to hear before deciding between the Terps and Oregon. It will give Mark Turgeon the flexibility of playing Trimble with Dion Wiley as well as freshman guards Anthony Cowan Jr. and Kevin Huerter.  Despite losing the team's four other starters, the pressure will be off and a potentially more favorable Big Ten schedule could help gain a third straight NCAA tournament bid.

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