When you size up the candidates for All-Conference, there's no question that the Big Ten's abundance lies at the guard position. There isn't overwhelming talent inside when you go up and down the league, but there's a number of quality guards and only 2-3 places for them on the first team. Who are the early candidates?
Kalin Lucas of Michigan State is the one who gets the most national attention, and that attention is deserved. Lucas is explosively offensively and even on a team with Raymar Morgan at forward at Goran Suton in the post, he's the straw that stirs the drink. But while Lucas has earned his notoriety, there are others who deserve to be in the conversation in the race for the honor of best guard in the Big Ten.
Talor Battle has been nothing short of outstanding at Penn State, and provides rebounding support not often seen from the backcourt. Lawrence Westbrook at Minnesota is another explosive scorer who's hit double-digits in each conference game. Manny Harris at Michigan is a more interesting case. No question that Harris will be All-Conference and possibly even the MVP. He's listed at guard, but at 6-5, could arguably be listed at small forward as well.
From this group of four--Lucas, Battle, Westbrook and Harris, you would draw your All-Conference guards at this point in the season. Candidates to break into the mix before its over are led up by Wisconsin's Trevon Hughes and Purdue's E'Twaun Moore. Both have been absent at too many times this year to be on the first tier, but each has the talent to change that. Stanley Pringle, Battle's running mate in Happy Valley has had some signature performances, but not shown the consistency needed to be first string. Craig Moore at Northwestern is another one who shows flashes, but is unlikely to sustain it enough to be a top-level guard.
If I had to vote right now, I'd go Lucas-Battle in the backcourt, and slot Harris on the wing, with Westbrook as the odd man out.