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Big Ten Media Day is today, which means it’s time for to share its annual preseason Big Ten men’s basketball predictions.

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This year, eight personalities participated in forming our Big Ten standings, All-Big Ten team and award/season predictions.

Here are the contributors, listed in alphabetical order:

Jon Crispin (@CrispinHoops), BTN analyst
Mike DeCourcy (@tsnmike), BTN contributor
Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart), senior writer
Mike Hall (@BTNMikeHall), BTN host
Sean Merriman (@BTNSean), web editor
Shon Morris, BTN analyst
Jess Settles, BTN analyst
Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina), senior editor


Here’s how this worked: Every contributor filed his predicted order-of-finish, 1-14, preseason All-Big Ten team, award winners and predictions, from which we added everything up to form one preview.


1. Maryland – 9
2. Indiana – 26
3. Purdue – 28
4. Michigan State – 30
5. Wisconsin – 32
6. Michigan – 44
7. Ohio State – 64
8. Illinois – 66
9. Iowa – 69
10. Northwestern – 73
11. Nebraska – 94
12. Minnesota – 96
13. Penn State – 97
14. Rutgers – 112

Note: Teams received one point for first-place vote, two points for second-place vote, and so on.



MELO TRIMBLE, Maryland (8 votes)
YOGI FERRELL, Indiana (8)
NIGEL HAYES, Wisconsin (8)
Caris LeVert, Michigan (6)
Denzel Valentine, Michigan State (6)

Receiving votes: A.J. Hammons, Purdue (4)



Player of the Year: Melo Trimble, Maryland (8 votes)

Freshman of the Year: Diamond Stone, Maryland (3) AND Caleb Swanigan, Purdue (3)
Receiving votes: Thomas Bryant, Indiana (2)

Breakout player: Vic Law, Northwestern (2) AND Troy Williams, Indiana (2)
Receiving votes: Bryant McIntosh, Northwestern; Alex Olah, Northwestern; Ethan Happ, Wisconsin (1); Bronson Koenig, Wisconsin (1)

Most underrated player: Malcolm Hill, Illinois (2) AND Shavon Shields, Nebraska (2)
Receiving votes:
Rapheal Davis, Purdue (1); Bronson Koenig, Wisconsin (1); Nate Mason, Minnesota (1); Jae’Sean Tate, Ohio State (1)

Sleeper team: Northwestern (3)
Receiving votes:
Michigan (2); Iowa (1); Ohio State (1); Purdue (1)

Big Ten NCAA teams: Seven (5)
Receiving votes:
Eight (2); nine (1).

Will Northwestern make its first NCAA tournament? No (6)

Big Ten Final Four teams: One (6)
Receiving votes: Zero (1); two (1)

Will Big Ten win first national title since 2000? No (5)

Big Ten’s top 2016 NBA Draft pick: Diamond Stone, Maryland (6)
Receiving votes:
Melo Trimble, Maryland (1); Caleb Swanigan, Purdue (1)

Brent Yarina, Senior Editor senior editor Brent Yarina covers football and men's basketball for Find all of his work here. Follow him on Twitter, too (@BTNBrentYarina). Looking for BTN on TV or tablet? Bookmark our TV schedule and BTN2Go event schedule.


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