First Four: Big Ten stars answer four questions

During Thursday’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day, I went around and asked one player from all 12 teams the following questions: 1. Toughest Big Ten road venue? 2. Favorite Big Ten player to watch? 3. Best Big Ten uniform? 4. Favorite Big Ten road trip? The players’ answers were anonymous, and the only rule was that they couldn’t use their school for any answer. See the winners, plus a couple sample quotes, in this post.

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Toughest Big Ten road venue
Indiana – 8
Michigan State – 2
Iowa – 1
Purdue – 1

Sample responses: “It’s got to be Indiana. The fans there, there’s got to be at least six or seven thousand students there, and they’re behind both baskets. It’s very tough, especially when you’re shooting free throws and you see Dave Chappelle, all those Fatheads going back and forth.”

“Michigan State, no question. The atmosphere that they have there is amazing. The student section is very good. From warmups to 30 or 40 minutes after the game, they’re constantly cheering, constantly in your face.”

Favorite Big Ten player to watch
Cody Zeller, Indiana – 4
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State – 2
Victor Oladipo, Indiana – 2
Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota – 1
Rodney Williams, Minnesota – 1
Tim Frazier, Penn State – 1
Mike Bruesewitz, Wisconsin – 1

Sample responses: “Cody Zeller. He’s so efficient inside. He keeps it simple as a big man. He gets the job done.”

“I really like the way Mike Bruesewitz plays. He does the dirty work. I like that.”

Best Big Ten uniform
Michigan State – 5 (2 for aircraft carrier uniforms)
Illinois – 2
Iowa – 2 (1 for last year’s gold throwback)
Michigan – 1
Minnesota – 1
Wisconsin – 1

Sample responses: “Could throwbacks count? I like the Iowa Hawkeyes throwback jerseys. Oh yeah, I really like those!”

“I’ll go with [Michigan] State’s aircraft jerseys. Those were tight.”

Favorite Big Ten road trip
Minnesota – 3
Ohio State – 2
Wisconsin – 2
Indiana – 1
Michigan State – 1
Nebraska – 1
Northwestern – 1
Penn State – 1

Sample responses: “It’s got to be Minnesota. It’s downtown. You’re right there, right next to the mall. You can walk around the mall, that’s kind of cool.”

“I’d say Penn State, probably because we eat the best there. We always have a nice rib dinner with that ice cream there.”

BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com. He writes the popular uniform feature “Clothes Call,” which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read all of his work here. You can subscribe to Yarina’s RSS feed and follow him on Twitter @BTNBrentYarina.

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