BTN.com's preseason hoops predictions & All-Big Ten team
B1G HIGHLIGHT - Melo Trimble beats the halftime buzzer in Maryland's 2015 upset vs. Wisconsin.
Big Ten Media Day is today, which means it’s time for BTN.com to share its annual preseason Big Ten men’s basketball predictions.
BTN/BTN2Go will have you covered throughout Thursday’s festivities in Chicago.
On TV, our coverage runs from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET, beginning with Bo Ryan (Wisconsin). The women’s basketball coaches’ press conferences run concurrently, beginning with Matt Bollant (Illinois) at 9 a.m. ET. Here are the BTN2Go links to watch the men’s press sessions and women’s press sessions live.
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), BTN.com senior writer
Mike Hall (@BTNMikeHall), BTN host
Sean Merriman (@BTNSean), BTN.com web editor
Shon Morris, BTN analyst
Jess Settles, BTN analyst
Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina), BTN.com 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 BTN.com preview.
2015-16 BIG TEN STANDINGS
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.
2015-16 ALL BIG TEN TEAM
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)