MSU tabbed Big Ten preseason favorite

After winning a share of the Big Ten title for the first time since 1979, Michigan State has been selected by the conference coaches as the favorite to win in 2012, the Big Ten office announced Tuesday. Big Ten coaches voted on the top six teams and also selected three players from their own squads to a Players to Watch list. Following the Spartans on the coaches’ preseason top six list are No. 2 Purdue, No. 3 Minnesota, No. 4 Nebraska, No. 5 Ohio State and No. 6 Illinois.

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2012 Preseason Poll (top six teams)
1. Michigan State
2. Purdue
3. Minnesota
4. Nebraska
5. Ohio State
6. Illinois

2012 Players to watch
Willie Argo, Sr., CF, Illinois
Brandon Hohl, Jr., 3B, Illinois
Kevin Johnson, Jr., SP, Illinois
Micah Johnson, Jr., 2B, Indiana
Chad Martin, Sr., SP, Indiana
Dustin DeMuth, So., SS, Indiana
Jared Hippen, Sr., SP, Iowa
Matt Dermody, Jr., SP, Iowa
Mike McQuillan, Sr., 2B, Iowa
Patrick Biondi, Jr., OF, Michigan
Michael O’Neill, So., OF, Michigan
Brandon Sinnery, Sr., SP, Michigan
Torsten Boss, Jr., CF/3B, Michigan State
Tony Bucciferro, Sr., SP, Michigan State
Ryan Jones, Jr., 2B, Michigan State
Kyle Geason, Sr., 3B, Minnesota
TJ Oakes, Jr., SP, Minnesota
Tom Windle, So., SP, Minnesota
Travis Huber, Jr., SP, Nebraska
Kash Kalkowski, Jr., 1B/DH, Nebraska
Tom Lemke, Jr., SP, Nebraska
Zach Morton, Jr., UT, Northwestern
Paul Snieder, Sr., 1B/P, Northwestern
Trevor Stevens, Sr., IF/OF, Northwestern
Josh Dezse, So., 1B/RP, Ohio State
Kirby Pellant, Jr., SS, Ohio State
Brett McKinney, Jr., SP, Ohio State
Steve Hill, Jr., SP, Penn State
Elliot Searer, Jr., SS, Penn State
Jordan Steranka, Sr., 3B, Penn State
Kevin Plawecki, Jr., C, Purdue
Cameron Perkins, Jr., 3B, Purdue
Nick Wittgren, Jr., RP, Purdue


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Concerned Gopher on 2/14/2012 @ 3:29pm EDT Said:

I am very disappointed in this list. Why is Lance Johnson not listed? He has performed very well for Elk River summer league the past two years and has gotten scholarship offers from numerous B1G teams. He is walking on at Minnesota this Spring and deserves serious consideration.

Husker Fan on 2/14/2012 @ 6:53pm EDT Said:

Dear Concerned Gopher,

If this is Lance’s first year in the Big Ten then he shouldnt be on this list because you haven’t seen him play in this conference. Especially If he’s coming straight from high school.


Matt on 2/15/2012 @ 9:25am EDT Said:

Any mention of a Big 10 TV schedule yet for baseball? Also, does the Big 10 have any sort of weekly/daily baseball wrap-up show, like they do for football, basketball, and other sports? staff on 2/15/2012 @ 10:48am EDT Said:

    Yep, should be up soon. We have to wait until it’s official. It’ll be posted here as soon as we’re cleared to post it. Thanks for the patience. Not sure about the show, but we’ll find out.

David on 2/16/2012 @ 7:02am EDT Said:

Any TV schedule for the Big 10/Big East challenge this weekend? Would love to to see a B10 baseball show… staff on 2/16/2012 @ 10:43am EDT Said:

    No Challenge games on our air, although we’ll be posting the TV schedules here soon. And yes, the Diamond Report on BTN TV is coming back this season closer to conference play. Details to come on that, too. Thanks for the question.