Your 2012-13 All-Big Ten men's hoops teams

BTN made the exclusive announcement of the annual Big Ten basketball awards during the live “All-Conference Selection Show” on Monday night.

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Cody Zeller, Indiana
Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
SECOND TEAM Keith Appling, Michigan State
Gary Harris, Michigan State
Adreian Payne, Michigan State
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Jared Berggren, Wisconsin
Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan
Gary Harris, Michigan State
Adreian Payne, Michigan State
Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota
Jared Berggren, Wisconsin
THIRD TEAM* Brandon Paul, Illinois
D.J. Richardson, Illinois
Christian Watford, Indiana
Roy Devyn Marble, Iowa
Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota
Terone Johnson, Purdue
Brandon Paul, Illinois
Christian Watford, Indiana
Aaron White, Iowa
Keith Appling, Michigan State
Andre Hollins, Minnesota
HONORABLE MENTION Jordan Hulls, Indiana
Aaron White, Iowa
Derrick Nix, Michigan State
Andre Hollins, Minnesota
Dylan Talley, Nebraska
Jermaine Marshall, Penn State
D.J. Newbill, Penn State
Ben Brust, Wisconsin
D.J. Richardson, Illinois
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
Jordan Hulls, Indiana
Roy Devyn Marble, Iowa
Glenn Robinson III, Michigan
Dylan Talley, Nebraska
Reggie Hearn, Northwestern
Jermaine Marshall, Penn State
D.J. Newbill, Penn State
D.J. Byrd, Purdue
Terone Johnson, Purdue
Ben Brust, Wisconsin
Sam Dekker, Wisconsin
ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
Glenn Robinson III, Michigan
Gary Harris, Michigan State
A.J. Hammons, Purdue
Sam Dekker, Wisconsin
Media do not vote on this category
Jordan Morgan, Michigan
Shannon Scott, Ohio State
Jared Berggren, Wisconsin
Media do not vote on this category
PLAYER OF THE YEAR Trey Burke, Michigan Trey Burke, Michigan
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Victor Oladipo, Indiana Media do not vote on this category
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR Gary Harris, Michigan State Gary Harris, Michigan State
SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR Will Sheehey, Indiana Media do not vote on this category
COACH OF THE YEAR Bo Ryan, Wisconsin Bo Ryan, Wisconsin

(UNANIMOUS SELECTIONS IN ALL CAPS; *Additional honorees due to a tie)

Big Ten Freshman of the Year: Michigan State’s Gary Harris:

Big Ten Coach of the Year: Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan:


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John T. MacLean on 3/11/2013 @ 7:34pm EDT Said:

I’d be interested in knowing others given consideration for e.g. All-Freshman Team, All-Defensive Team.

BLWagner on 3/11/2013 @ 7:38pm EDT Said:

Umm, Whisky, No. 22; IU, No. 3 & sole Big Ten Champs. Why is Ryan COY? Did Ryan inherit a complete disaster and build it up to the Big Ten Championship? This is the worst choice ever!

Matthew on 3/11/2013 @ 7:38pm EDT Said:

Sheehey over Dekker, that’s interesting.

Jeremy on 3/11/2013 @ 7:49pm EDT Said:

Coach Crean Got Robbed.

Robby on 3/11/2013 @ 7:50pm EDT Said:

Idk but Bo did beat Indiana @ Indiana despite a tremendous talent gap. So it’s a pretty good choice

Connor on 3/11/2013 @ 7:50pm EDT Said:

Craft should have won defensive player of year, without a doubt

jwboggs on 3/11/2013 @ 7:51pm EDT Said:

Tom Crean should be coach of the year. Last year. IU’s dramatic turn around (best in the nation) was not good enough to get Crean the award because he didn’t win a share of the title like Izzo. This year he wins an outright title in the toughest conference in America and it goes to someone who came in 4th just because he had some adversity. Adversity is part of the game.

Jordan Arnold on 3/11/2013 @ 7:54pm EDT Said:

@BLWagner the award is coach of the YEAR not coach of the last four years. Wisconsin was completely off the radar at the beginning of the season and they made some incredible games and comebacks.

Robby on 3/11/2013 @ 7:55pm EDT Said:

Indiana wins because of zeller oladipo watford hulls yogi. Wisconsin wins because of Bo Ryan. There’s the difference

Tory on 3/11/2013 @ 7:55pm EDT Said:

Coach Matta got robbed, a team that was a week ago outside of the top 4, now a 2nd seed! Lost our two top scoters from a year ago. And TOSU is playing better than anyone right now.

Brandon Babb on 3/11/2013 @ 7:55pm EDT Said:

The BigTen’s voting choices here are hot garbage.

Tyler Thonpson on 3/11/2013 @ 7:57pm EDT Said:

To the guy above me who thinks Bo Ryan was the “worst choice ever,” for coach of the year… ARE YOU ILL MINDED? Bo Ryan easily deserved this over Crean. Crean has one of the BEST teams in the NATION. Not much coaching was done just pure ability… Now Bo on the other hand was supposed to be a “rebuilding year,” and lead his team to within one game of a share of the Big Ten conference championship, which happens to be the best conference in the nation… Not mention UW has NOWHERE NEAR THE TALENT THAT IU HAD AND THEY BEAT IU… This year was simply amazing coaching by Bo… But I guess every year is, and if you don’t think he deserves this… Well sir I can’t help with you that… Boom

Troy on 3/11/2013 @ 8:00pm EDT Said:

Paul got robbed. 2nd team for sure… WOW..

BillyHandley on 3/11/2013 @ 8:00pm EDT Said:

You guy are wrong on coach of year Tom Cream have won game in the Big Ten
Won Big Ten title out right Tom Cream be Coach of The Year you vote you guy are wrong
Let Go Hoosier

AD on 3/11/2013 @ 8:02pm EDT Said:

Wow, the only reason why I can see that Burke was player of the year is that Zeller and Oledepo took votes away from each other.

The best players lead their teams to victories in the biggest games as Victor has routinely all year. Big players don’t need the ball on every possession to influence the game, again as Victor did. Trey Burke got owned by Craft and Oledepo twice. His team was 2-4 against the 3 best teams in the league, he choked at the line with the B1g ten title on the line, and shot 7-20 with 4 turnovers in the biggest game of the year. That’s not what a player of the year does. He’s a very good player no doubt, but he’s the 4th best player in the league.

Anthony Hattery on 3/11/2013 @ 8:04pm EDT Said:

Ask Trey Burke who should have been the defensive player of the year!

sundevilpeg on 3/11/2013 @ 8:05pm EDT Said:

I agree with the Tom Crean for COY posts above. I’m not an IU alum, nor a fawning fan, but his rebuilding of the IU program (and his ability to find guys like Victor Oladipo, his latter-day version of Dwyane Wade) is simply remarkable. Ryan’s a good coach, and all, but COME ON, PEOPLE!

Doug on 3/11/2013 @ 8:06pm EDT Said:

Bo Ryan as coach of the year, WHY????

Rob on 3/11/2013 @ 8:06pm EDT Said:

It’s “Coach of the Year”, not “Coach of the Last Few Years”. Indiana was preseason #1 and ended at #3. Whatever areguement you had is disproven with this fact. If you think Crean should have won, I’d be willing to argue what Beilein did with the nations 2nd youngest team against us much more impressive than what Crean did with IU’s expectations and experience. Bo Ryan, great choice! As a UM fan I would have been fine with Izzo winning as well.

Troy on 3/11/2013 @ 8:08pm EDT Said:

Bo Ryan should get coy, with the talent he has had this year and nobody gave them a chance and just look at who they took down who were highly ranked, it’s what Bo does, takes little talent and makes them contenders so coach of the year, he deserves it, better luck next year Tom Cretan

Lynn Hart on 3/11/2013 @ 8:09pm EDT Said:

I looked up last years schedule for Wisconsin and they did not improve at all. They had the same record in the BIG and lost one more regular season game. That gets you coach of the year. Amazing. I agree Coach Crean should have not gone after Jeff Meyers, but that was probably a few years of pent up anger. Coach is close to his players and watched these boys put their hearts and soul into helping turn this program back to respectability.
Ryan has never faced that kind of adversity. What kind of adversity did he face. He used the players he recruits and finiishes 4th in BIG. I just don’t get it!

Jim Keelor on 3/11/2013 @ 8:09pm EDT Said:

Coach of the year is usually determined by 1 of 2 things: 1) A Coach whose team dominated the league and schedule 2) A coach who had a very good season and greatly exceeded expectations. I’m Hoosier fan till death..but Tom Crean did not match up with either 1 or 2. IU not only didn’t dominate the league (altho they won it)..and they had the burden of having the pre-season #1 ranking and pre-season Player of the Year. (To whom much is given..much is expected) TC didn’t qualify as a coach who greatly exceeded expectations..was blessed on injuries and rallied at the end to win it. Ryan fits the #2 label..replaced a lot of players..suffered thru some really tough injuries..won 20 games and beat the league champs in their own building. I think Crean deserves major recognition…but best revival of a program over a short period was not on the award list.

Niles Brinkley on 3/11/2013 @ 8:09pm EDT Said:

Crean has the best spray tan but Bo outcoached him when the Badgers visited Indiana

Darrell Hensley on 3/11/2013 @ 8:09pm EDT Said:

Agree with all categories EXCEPT Coach of the Year and BT PLAYER OF THE YEAR. Cream deserves it. Just because Wisconsin beat Indiana in one game doesn’t make him COY. Indiana was incredible on the road in the best/toughest conference in the nation. Bad call! Thomas at OSU was dominating all season and carried them in many games. Bad call! Go Hoosiers!

Mike on 3/11/2013 @ 8:09pm EDT Said:

Craft is a fraud

Brian on 3/11/2013 @ 8:13pm EDT Said:

Not a Bo Ryan fan, but I believe he earned coach of the year. Point guard hurt, lack of talent and still finishes 12-6 to tie a loaded UM team. If he had UM talent they would have been B10 champs. But I gotta say…IZZO owns BO now! Go state!

Torman5 on 3/11/2013 @ 8:13pm EDT Said:

Connor, why should Craft have been DPOY? Look at season stats for both of them.

Tim Young on 3/11/2013 @ 8:14pm EDT Said:

Indiana began the season as AP #1 and ended as #3 so what did Crean build this year. They won most of the games they are suppose to win,and head to head, Bo Ryan has NEVER lost to Tom Crean including this season.

Ron Brinkman on 3/11/2013 @ 8:14pm EDT Said:

Craft not getting defensive player of the year is ridiculous!

Brian on 3/11/2013 @ 8:15pm EDT Said:

Also Bo Ryan showed alot of class in his interview

Scooter on 3/11/2013 @ 8:18pm EDT Said:

I would have been more shocked if Crean won over Ryan. IU was expected to finish first. Look at UW at the beginning of the season and now. It was arguably the least talented and experienced Badger team Bo has had…including losing Jason Bohannon before the season started. Somehow he does it every year. And I’m an Izzo fan. Just enjoy being back in the mix, Hoosier fan…and a part of a GREAT conference. Just because it’s been 20 years you don’t need all the awards, do you?

Roy (@iseeudoc) on 3/11/2013 @ 8:18pm EDT Said:

First, how was D. Thomas not a unanimous selection? Second, T. Burke is overrated…he misses too many shots and has too many turnovers in big games. Third, Thad Matta should be COY. Or Crean. But definitely NOT Bo Ryan, what a complete joke!!!

Preston Hemerley on 3/11/2013 @ 8:21pm EDT Said:

Badgers were picked in bottom half of conference and finished 4th! For what Bo had to work with, he did a hell of a job and well deserving!

Logan on 3/11/2013 @ 8:29pm EDT Said:

Oladipo makes it on first team, defensive team, and defensive player of the year and doesn’t get overall player of the year is ridiculous … Burke makes first team and nothing else and wins over Oladipo !!! Sounds like people don’t like IU because they are #1…. Give respect where it should be given…. To the Victor goes the spoils!!!

R. A. Powell on 3/11/2013 @ 8:29pm EDT Said:

Coach Crean has deserved BIG 10 Coach of the year award for the past 2 seasons.
Just what exactly has he done (or not done) to get dissed? I don’t get it. Is it a case of the “Good ‘ole Boys” frat not letting the new guy join?

Phill on 3/11/2013 @ 8:30pm EDT Said:

Bo beat Indiana with about half the talent iu has

kurt johnston on 3/11/2013 @ 8:31pm EDT Said:

Perhaps the fact that Tom Crean i the most disliked coach in the Big Ten by the media as well as the coaches is a reason he hasnt recieved the award in either year. Respect is earned not given and when you give coaches the blow by in losses an dont show up for post game media obligations in losses, i guess this is what happens. Perhaps.

Michael on 3/11/2013 @ 8:36pm EDT Said:

I live in Bloomington so I’m biased towards IU but no Crean shouldn’t be coach of the year yes the turnaround is great and so is the championship but the game IU lost he was out coached. His substitutions don’t make sense he runs the wrong defense and he can’t get them to close out a game they are always blowing leads.

Michael Gant on 3/11/2013 @ 8:40pm EDT Said:

Congrats to all of those selected and to Coach Ryan. Several were deserving on all levels! This was a very difficult year to call for those casting votes.

Zeb on 3/11/2013 @ 8:43pm EDT Said:

I can understand that Creen had a good year coaching, but there is no doubt that Bo Ryan was the COY. Do you think Creen could have coached that Wisconsin team to a big ten tourny bye?

viperjm724 on 3/11/2013 @ 8:44pm EDT Said:

LOL at anyone thinking Crean should be coach of the year. He is such a cook and has no sportsmanship. Not hand shaking after games because he’s upset he lost? Yelling at opposing coaches? Also, Crean gets top recruits, he was expected to finish high. Bo Ryan hardly gets any good players, was projected to finish 9th in the B1G, yet somehow finished top 4 for the 12th straight year in an up year for the B1G. Bo does WAY more with less than Crean.

sparty4 on 3/11/2013 @ 8:45pm EDT Said:

its not coach of last year or coach of last 2 years. Coach of this year! IU was ranked pretty highly in the preseason as I recall and did what they were supposed to do. No suprises, not over achieving. So why are IU fans complaining. Hes a great coach with great players. Not a great coach with ok players like Bo. Pretty dumb argument on your part.

B.Favre on 3/11/2013 @ 9:03pm EDT Said:

Coach Crean is a tool. He showed a lack of class on multiple occasions and made numerous mistakes during games this year that either cost his team or made games closer than they should have been. Bo Ryan on the other hand, despite his crazed looks and reactions during games, is pretty much considered a class act by many around the league and in college basketball. He managed to get a lot out of a group of upperclassmen that weren’t really that talented. Wisconsin is always at a recruiting disadvantage to Indiana and yet manages to play on or near their level every year. Crean got some great players to come to Indiana, but doesn’t “coach” them as well as coaches like Izzo or Ryan do. THAT is why Bo won and Crean didn’t.

Hari Seldon on 3/11/2013 @ 9:06pm EDT Said:

Crean probably had it all locked up until the cameras caught in his totally classless post-game act in Ann Arbor…

goon on 3/11/2013 @ 9:07pm EDT Said:

Maybe if tom would treat the other coaches with respect when he gets beat he might of got some more votes.

TG on 3/11/2013 @ 9:11pm EDT Said:

Ryan was the correct choice for COY. They were pegged 6th-7th in pre-season while Indiana was the pre-season # 1 team in the COUNTRY, let alone the conference. A chimp could have coached that team to the title! What Ryan did with his collection of talent is nothing short of miraculous. It also doesn’t help Crean that he acts like a first grader. People notice that crap, Tom.

gbwoolman on 3/11/2013 @ 9:15pm EDT Said:

Crean should have been COY! I’m proud of the team he’s put together and led to the top position in the toughest conference in the nation and the title not being shared is impressive.

OhioBadger93 on 3/11/2013 @ 9:22pm EDT Said:

Tom Crean is an excellent coach who created an excellent turnaround at IU. On the other hand, his team was expected to do very well this year. Wisconsin was picked by most big ten writers to finish no better than 5th (one picked them to finish 8th) and that was before they lost Josh Gasser, their best playmaker, defender and leader. They looked horrible prior to the big ten season. Pulling this team together to not only be competitive but be in contention for the big ten crown was an amazing coaching job. He also outcoached Crean in his own house this season.

Jon on 3/11/2013 @ 9:40pm EDT Said:

With the big ten conference championship on the line who executed: Trey Burke or Cody Zeller? Burke is a great player but so was Derek Coleman and they both choked on the front end of a 1 and 1 in a big game! Just sayn’

Jon on 3/11/2013 @ 9:44pm EDT Said:

Craft is a Smurf compared to Victor Oledipo! Which player has a future in the NBA? JUST ASK KRAMER FROM PURDUE HOW HIS NBA CAREER IS GOING!

    Rusty Taylor on 3/12/2013 @ 12:40am EDT Said:

    Craft went into Indiana & shut down Oladipo & Co. Did you see the look on his face ? Priceless !

WeebsPackaJulu on 3/11/2013 @ 9:45pm EDT Said:

Crean will never win COY in B10. None of the other coaches will vote for him. His recent attack on Michigan assistant following game pretty much sealed his fate IMO. The guy is a clown. Brandon Paul is not 2nd team All-B10 because his team was soft and lost too many games. Talent wise, he should be there though. I think Craft or Payne should be 1st team over Tim Hardaway Jr. Other than that it looks about right.

Matt on 3/11/2013 @ 9:49pm EDT Said:

So you have a player in oladipo who earned hi degree in just 3 years, who is up for national player of the year, who is likely to get national defensive player of the year, who wins big ten defensive player of the year, and he doesn’t win player of the year? Seriously? And Tom Crean should win national coach of the year. Should’ve won it last year also!

Rusty Taylor on 3/11/2013 @ 9:51pm EDT Said:

Aaron Craft shut down every top scoring guard in the league. Far and above the best Defensive Player ! Oladipo is a joke compared to Craft.

Jon on 3/11/2013 @ 10:00pm EDT Said:

Crean may have deserved cheerleader of the year but not coach of the year. If he puts a banner up in Assembly Hall I might consider him coach of the year! He thinks he’s brought Indiana back but that requires another banner!

Kyle on 3/11/2013 @ 10:04pm EDT Said:

IU has 2 McDonalds All-Americans and they are freshmen and sophomores. The rest of the team are 4, 3 star players and even unranked players. Crean has turned this group into a powerhouse. Half of the players on this team were unheralded recruits that won 10 games and 12 games a year. Fact is, Bo Ryan didn’t turn his 3 star recruits into NPOY candidates, Crean did. Don’t say this team is loaded and use that against Crean, that should be used to support the fact that he should be COY. Oladipo and Hulls were never even on Bo Grinch’s radar, and look what Crean turned them into. Best shooter in the nation and potential #1 overall pick in the draft. If Bo was so special he could do the same but he can’t. Don’t be so ignorant and short sided. Like ability should have nothing to do with winning awards. It’s not a popularity contest, and if it is, then Nebraska would be sweeping the votes.

Karen on 3/11/2013 @ 10:15pm EDT Said:

WI was picked to finish above MSU. They didn’t. Bo was a terrible choice. I would have given it to the IA coach. Now that’s a team that has really improved. BTW, I’m a Spartan.

Deb Ashack on 3/11/2013 @ 10:34pm EDT Said:

Their minds were made up at the start of the season. Didn’t really matter what Victor or Cody did. The love for Michigan eliminates everyone else from the start. Burke has been over rated all season and choked when Cody was clutch.

Nick on 3/11/2013 @ 10:41pm EDT Said:

I am so sick of people bashing Bo Ryan. You could’ve given the coach of the year to multiple coaches this year, but don’t say Bo Ryan isn’t deserving. After Gasser went down there were numerous people who said Wisco wouldn’t even make the dance this year. Sure IU is good, but that doesn’t mean Bo Ryan isn’t a deserving winner of the award. Hate the guy if you want, hate Wisco if you want, but you are absolutely nuts if you really think Bo Ryan doesn’t deserve recognition for what he’s done with his team this year.

Kevin Smith on 3/11/2013 @ 11:02pm EDT Said:

Sam Dekker should have been Freshmen of the year easly he had an important role in Wisconsin. He made the defense guard someone else on the perimeter than Ben Brust. Because of this it opened up the lane.

Andy on 3/11/2013 @ 11:07pm EDT Said:

Jordan Morgan first-team all-defense? I guess that makes sense if you don’t consider rebounding, blocking shots or steals into the equation.

Cameron Taylor on 3/11/2013 @ 11:21pm EDT Said:

How did aaron craft not win defensive player of the year, best on ball defender in the country

Eric on 3/11/2013 @ 11:25pm EDT Said:

Wow. What a great year in the Big Ten. We could make an arguement for ten of the twelve coaches. Too bad everyone of the top 20 could not be player of the year. Some guys are individual stars and some guys are team stars. I dont care who ranks what because it dont mean a thing. We will see who is left standing in Atlanta.

CDrahos on 3/11/2013 @ 11:26pm EDT Said:

Ryan as COY is a travesty

Rob on 3/11/2013 @ 11:34pm EDT Said:

Crean didn’t get Coach of the Year because of two factors: his lack of class and sportsmanship.
The voting just proves that neither the press nor his peers have any respect for him and he is to blame for that.

ashcraft on 3/12/2013 @ 12:16am EDT Said:

I can’t believe ________ was selected ________ of the Year! Outrageous! _________ had a much better year! These awards are a joke!

Rick Dyar (@RicKat8284) on 3/12/2013 @ 12:27am EDT Said:

PHILL, your point is mute, Penn State beat Michign with far less talent tan Wisconsin. Does this mean we take the POY from Burke then?
ANTHONY HATTERY, who cares what Trey Burke thinks. He probably thinks he deserves it.
ROBBY, how many points did Bo Ryan score this year? Your point is stupid without the players he had he couldn’t have won a game.

Adam on 3/12/2013 @ 12:49am EDT Said:

All the people complaining about Crean just need to look at football. Urban was undefeated and didn’t get COY. Tressel dominated the league for 12 years and never got COY. It never goes to who wins the league unless that team wasn’t supposed to. Thad Matta and Bo Ryan both did way more with way less than Crean and IU.

Teri on 3/12/2013 @ 12:54am EDT Said:

Indiana was suppose to be good while Wisconsin was not. The talent gap and athleticism gap between Indiana and Wisconsin is huge. Bo Ryan deserved Coach of the Year big time.

forest Billy Neff on 3/12/2013 @ 1:00am EDT Said:

Craft was ripped off should have made 1st team. Also, Matta has coached and been very successful for many years and made it to the final 4 last year?? Who else can say that. Yes Indiana’s coach should be the most improved coach but not coach of the year!

Nick on 3/12/2013 @ 1:40am EDT Said:

Sam Dekker should have got sixth man of the year no doubt!!!!!!

Matt on 3/12/2013 @ 8:12am EDT Said:

Crean? Really? Look how this guy behaved after a win at Michigan. Does he act like the COY?

jason on 3/12/2013 @ 9:33am EDT Said:

they leave stauskas off the freshman team, really? Harris was #1 no question, but Nik should be there over everyone else, one of the best shooters in the country, i think he averaged close to 13 a game, thats a bad call

Dave on 3/12/2013 @ 9:52am EDT Said:

Ok B1G lets be consistent on how we vote…now if we are going to make the argument on “expectations” then clearly Crean should have won last year and not Izzo. Crean went +8 in conference and +15 overall. If you go with the “dominant” argument and “you need to win” then Crean should have won this year. IU finished first outright in the undisputed toughest conference in the league. Also, finished 3-0 @UM @MSU @OSU where all other opponents finished a combined 1-50. Crean got snubbed either this year or last, problem is I have no clue how the B1G determines COY because they aren’t consistent.

Darrell Hensley on 3/12/2013 @ 10:16am EDT Said:

I also agree that Payne should have been first team instead of Hardaway. And, BTW, Indiana is NOT loaded with talent. And, Oladipo was not highly recruited, nor was Sheehy. I’m a Hoosier fan but I think Izzo should have won COY. And, how Thomas ISN’T POY is beyond me! Crean should have won COY last year.

Chris on 3/12/2013 @ 11:07am EDT Said:

Wisconsin started the season in the Top 20 and is no longer there. Indiana started the season # 1 and finished # 3 playing in a pretty tough conference. I say Crean deserved it.

Tino on 3/12/2013 @ 11:07am EDT Said:

Ha… love all of the “Crean got robbed” comments. Crean is an awful coach (a good recruiter and a *fantastic* cheerleader)! The best coaches in the Big Ten are Izzo and Bo… hands down. End of discussion. Nobody else can even compare to them.

    Chris on 3/12/2013 @ 11:15am EDT Said:

    They are both very good coaches, but I think there are a lot of good coaches in the Big 10. I can’t really objectively say there is a bad coach in the conference. That being said, Crean deserved it THIS year.

Trey on 3/12/2013 @ 11:18am EDT Said:

If only Burke and Oladipo were unanimous 1st teamers, that means that at least one coach left Zeller off his first team. Are you kidding me? Coach Crean is catching a lot of grief for his actions after the Michigan game, but that doesn’t even come close to the coach who obviously voted for one of their own players over Zeller. While I am on the subject of coaches, I would much rather have a coach who wears his emotions on his sleeve and is not afraid to show/say how he feeis in public VS. the majority of these coaches who shake hands and smile while the camera is ON but show their true character when they are on the recruiting trail being the snakes we know they really are. Don’t think those other coaches weren’t brainwashing recruits on how bad it would be to play in Bloomington during Crean’s first four years. Payback is now, baby! By the way, thank you Wisconsin for your 2013 Mr. Baskeball – Btown bound.

Eric on 3/12/2013 @ 12:29pm EDT Said:

No Bo Ryan is COY because he took a team that was supposed to finish in the bottom half of the conference this year and won many games they weren’t supposed to and he finished in the top 4 of the best conference in the nation. We knew Indiana was going to be good. If anything, Crean finished below expectations with his 4 conference losses. For the last 5 years, yes, Crean has done one of the best coaching jobs in the history of college basketball. But for this individual year it goes to Bo Ryan.

    Chris on 3/12/2013 @ 12:41pm EDT Said:

    Wisconsin was rated in the Top 25 in every pre season poll. Please stop with the “we were supposed to be horrible” routine. And for the person who stated Ryan beat Crean head to head at Bloomington, Purdue won at Wisconsin so…Painter for COY using that rationale.

Dwayne on 3/12/2013 @ 12:59pm EDT Said:

Fortunately for MSU, Izzo is the best Coach of the Year EVERY year.

dave beemon on 3/12/2013 @ 1:12pm EDT Said:

Trey doesn’t have a clue. He dribbles too much. He doesn’t give the ball up. He makes lousy decisions. He ends up getting stuffed in the paint half the time. Sure he has a 3 pointer, but that’s not what you’re looking for in a point guard. Not to mention that he just choked on a free through in the Indiana game. I’m a Michigan guy but hey, I’d take Aaron Craft on my team any day.

Craig Reynolds (@ctreynolds24) on 3/12/2013 @ 1:26pm EDT Said:

I’m so sick of hearing about the talent that Bo doesn’t have. Who’s fault is that? These are the guys he recruited. Get better talent, he would still not win the league.

Greg on 3/12/2013 @ 1:32pm EDT Said:

Someone made the best point earlier regarding COY and it is worth repeating, but I will elaborate a little. Im sure the criteria is objective but to me its who maximized the team based on COACHING not talent of the players. Although IU had a great season, and other than a complete lapse in the Illinois game (what happened there anyway???) Crean did a good job, even though he acts like hes on meth on the sidelines, values individual over team, and cant keep his class after winning the big ten crown. <– (insert bias here)

With that said… back to being objective… lets isolate their COACHING ability. Give Crean the Badgers and they finish worse than 6th. Give Bo the Hoosiers and they do as well. Variable is coaching, and Bo is better.

This isnt new. Best B1G coaches are Ryan and Izzo, 2nd tier is Matta and Painter, after that its pretty even as far as im concerned

Good discussion…

Greg on 3/12/2013 @ 1:49pm EDT Said:

Also… badgers started the year with our most experienced player (Gasser) in the most important position (PG) hurt and had to fill the gap with an underclassman (Jackson) who played almost no career minutes.
The badgers were highly overrated preseason and starting the B1G were not that good. I was concerned they might not make the tourney let alone keep Bo’s record of never finishing less than 4th alive. But the amount this team improved is startling. Again, that is 100% a reflection of Bo’s coaching. Now lets shut all the haters up by beating IU again in B1G champ game and once again for good measure in the NCAA tourney.

    Chris on 3/12/2013 @ 2:11pm EDT Said:

    I like Bo Ryan. Think he is a great coach, but he should not have been COY this year. I am hopeful IU can win a couple games in the Big 10 tourney and would love to play Wisconsin again. Be careful what you wish for.

Chris on 3/12/2013 @ 2:04pm EDT Said:

I’m pretty sure developing players is part of coaching criteria.

Stephen stevens on 3/12/2013 @ 2:19pm EDT Said:

I am a big IU fan but based on what I am reading Gene Keady should have won COY every year.It was remarkable what he did with the unknown players he coached.Crean has to learn that it is ok to call time out.Please,call a time out when the team needs to settle down.There is no bonus for saving time outs and believe me you have saved plenty.They do work most of the time,please give it a try.Go IU.

George on 3/12/2013 @ 3:26pm EDT Said:

Everyone who disagrees with Ryan’s selection is confusing coaching with recruiting. Crean and Beilein can share the Recruiter of the Year award. If the COY award is simply about coaching prowess, this year’s award is between Matta, Izzo and Ryan. You can’t deny that Ryan finishes in the top four of the conference every year despite a relative shortage of talent. That is the definition of coaching ability.

    AD on 3/12/2013 @ 6:32pm EDT Said:

    I love how all these Wisco fans are saying that Crean shouldn’t get coach of the year because he had better players. Guess what recruiting is part of the job description! If he can’t recruit well, then hes not great at coaching. Wisconsin had been good too long, and he’s been there too long to have that excuse anymore. There’s no reason why he should have worse recruiting classes than half the conference anymore. Having worse players than MSU, UofM, and IU isn’t a reason WHY he should be coach of the year, it’s a reason why he shouldn’t.

hoosier on 3/12/2013 @ 3:30pm EDT Said:

“…TB getting Player of the Year over VO is a joke. 2-0 in head to head matchups in which Burke took 44 shots to score 45 pts (mostly with VO face-guarding him). This season has never been about individual awards and I’ll gladly take the B1G Championship over the POY Award, but a friend of mine said it best…”The Big Ten Player of the Year doesn’t play on Thursdays in the Big Ten Tournament”. #fifthplacewolverines – “the guy”

DEACON on 3/12/2013 @ 3:35pm EDT Said:


Iowastinks on 3/12/2013 @ 3:48pm EDT Said:

In a perfect world, people would realize that Tim Miles is probably the COY. He took a NU team who at the beginning of the year had a 5’8″ walk-on as their 6th man and never played more than 7 in a game, and got them to 10th with 5 wins. Came back against Iowa without subbing in the 2nd half. They were also competitive in about 90% of their conference games, in easily the best conference in the country. Not his fault he inherited a program in disarray with the cupboard bare. Definitely a better coaching job than Crean winning with a bunch of blue chippers.

Joe on 3/12/2013 @ 3:55pm EDT Said:

you can’t really be COY when you were preseason #1.

Craft is defensive POY. Not sure it’s close. He’s punished now because it’s expected. Watch the film on him vs Burke. Due respect to Oladipo but this is not close.

Chris on 3/12/2013 @ 4:29pm EDT Said:

John Calapari asks you to remember the SEC 2012 COY.

Bob on 3/12/2013 @ 7:06pm EDT Said:

Their are some of us that lost a lot of respect for Tom Crean because of some of the actions he took, condoned or encouraged. His comments on court after the UM game were vindictive and his reactions to the Nix/Zeller incident alarming.

Delmar Jones on 3/12/2013 @ 7:14pm EDT Said:

Coach Cream could have been Coach of the year if not for the fact that he had four returning starters back and IU was picked to win the Big Ten and only won it because Mich. could’nt shoot free throws. Ryan was not the best coach in the Big Ten,so I have to go with Cream. And there should have been co-defensive players of the year Oladipo and Craft if any thing Oladipo was the best all around player in the Conference.Craft has always played great D from the first time he stepped on the court at OSU nothing has changed in that reguard. Trey Burke lost the POY when he missed that one and one sunday at home aginst IU. Oladipo-POY Cream-COY Craft-DOY. GO BUCKS

Rhonda on 3/12/2013 @ 7:27pm EDT Said:

Have to agree with other, Craft should be defensive player of the year. I don’t even like OSU. However, I watch all the games and Craft is a better defensive player. Burke is a better well rounded player. He can defend and shoot. Boiler up!

barnetmx on 3/13/2013 @ 1:26am EDT Said:

Folks, I live in ACC country and let me tell you Big 10 basketball is so much fun to watch. I played basketball, loved defense and BG10 is so physical, it’s like watching a football game. I’m not sure about the Bo Ryan award but it’s just an award and hey, Burke is awesome, I lived in his old neighborhood, but Craft owned him when they played. Oladipo is too good but his presence on “D” is getting blocks, not steals or causing havoc on a dribbler–classic defensive stuff. Who cares about the awards. Big 10 has got to win it all this year!!!

barnetmx on 3/13/2013 @ 1:41am EDT Said:

Everyone knows Craft outdid everyone – Oladipo and Burke. Unless the guys on ESPN are nuts. Oladipo will get you the block but not the steal or create the havoc that a great defensive player can do. And, Burke, is great, but Craft took him to task when they went against each other, just saying. Those who have played the game, like myself, know who the winner is/should be.

    Chris on 3/13/2013 @ 10:01am EDT Said:

    Barnetmx, Craft is a fine player, but the guy gets away with more fouls than anyone in the country. Talking heads and referees have bought into the idea that his constant fouling is great defense. The next time you are “playing the game” in your rec league, try chest bumping a guy for 90 feet and see where that gets you.

      Delmar Jones on 3/13/2013 @ 11:10am EDT Said:

      Hey Chris it’s the Big Ten and it’s a physical comference. The kid is probbly the best on ball defender you ever go to see and it refreshing to see someone play defense like it should be played.

Dale Ailes on 3/14/2013 @ 2:26pm EDT Said:

Anyone who thinks Oladipo should not have been defensive player of the year did not watch him play….he is most likely going to be defensive player of the year in the NCAA as well and as for barnetmx saying Oladipo will not get you the steal…..he averaged almost 5 steals a game this year….maybe you should have watch more big ten games than just Ohio State because I watched all the teams and nobody played defense like Oladipo this year

Rusty Taylor on 3/14/2013 @ 7:25pm EDT Said:

Nobody but nobody can shut down shooters man to man like Aaron Craft.

Delmar Jones on 3/15/2013 @ 9:13am EDT Said:

Dale Ailes please lets not get carry way, Oladipo is probably the best all around player in the Big Ten I’ll give that,but when he comes to playing defense Craft is with out a doubt the best . And you’re wrong about Oladipo averaging five steal no one in the conference does that. Craft and Oladipo are both good defensive player but Craft comes out plays defense every night . Since youwatch every game you should have watched the IU, OSU game where Craft held Oladipo in check, he only scored 7 points that night and OSU won the game at IU convincingly. Oladipo was definitely the Player of the year and not Burke, but Craft should have been named the defensive player of the year.

Mike on 3/15/2013 @ 12:37pm EDT Said:

why in the hell is hardaway jr on the 1st team???? Paul should be in place of him mate

    Delmar Jones on 3/15/2013 @ 2:19pm EDT Said:

    Hey Mike you’re right about Hardaway Jr. because when watch him play he looks just like Paul, Did you watch your Paul today he like Hardaway are three piont shooters and thats about it. The mistake was leaving Aaron Craft off the 1st. team.

      Chris on 3/15/2013 @ 2:26pm EDT Said:

      Come on man. Why not just Shannon Scott on there?

      Delmar Jones on 3/15/2013 @ 2:40pm EDT Said:

      Let not be funny Chris, you would take Aaron Craft over both Paul and Hardway Jr. and you know it lets get real.

      Chris on 3/15/2013 @ 2:52pm EDT Said:

      Ha. I really like Craft and he could play on any team I cheer for, but I do not know if he should have been first team over Hardaway. I can see an argument either way as they both have limitations. Then again who doesn’t?

      Delmar Jones on 3/15/2013 @ 3:50pm EDT Said:

      Okay I’m good with that Chris. Limitations thats why I choose Craft because we know that his D is going to be there everynight and you can’t count on that from Hardaway. Craft is the heart of OSU and Burke is for Mich. not Hardaway.

      Chris on 3/15/2013 @ 4:04pm EDT Said:

      You’ve convinced me. Good luck to your team.

Steve on 3/16/2013 @ 12:58pm EDT Said:

Craft is def. Player of year by a long shot, not even a issue, zeller off. Player of year, he is 7 foot and nobody can guard him , coach of the year , flip a coin, Thad , izzo, creen, Bo , depends what your looking for. They all have there bitch, matta just wins every year and they never pick him, it doesn’t give you a spot in the big ten championship game or final four. So really who cares, they don’t need the extra cash in there contracts anyways, but, the biggest joke is Burke getting player of the year, the best player in the 5 Th seed team in the big ten, what about the best player on seeds 1 thru 4. They must be better or there team would be the 5 Th seed, big ten. Done a horriable job like always picking everything. Period.

    Delmar Jones on 3/19/2013 @ 4:11pm EDT Said:

    Steve I agree with you on Craft as defensive POY but as for POY Oladipo was is the best all around player in the Big Ten. As for Coah of the year Bo Ryan would have been my pick. He did alot with a team that just did’t stack up the best teams. Trey Burke is a very good player, but he wasnt the best player in the Big ten. The Big Ten is suppose to be the best conference in college basketball, now they’ll have to play like it in the NCAA tournament and I for one think that they will. GO BUCKS

foey06 on 3/24/2013 @ 2:32am EDT Said:

Oladipo should have been player of the year
Craft defensive player of the year
And Coach of the year to Bo.
But in all reality with the talent at every position in the B1G this year, there isn’t really a wrong pick.