Spartans picked to win Big Ten by media

  • 10/28/2007 9:34 am in

Drew NeitzelBig Ten media day is this afternoon in Chicago and the Big Ten announced the following this morning:

Michigan State has been selected as the preseason Big Ten favorite for the 2007-08 men’s basketball season, as voted upon by a 22-member media panel. Indiana and defending Big Ten Champion Ohio State are ranked second and third, respectively. In addition, Michigan State guard Drew Neitzel was named the Preseason Player of the Year and was joined on the Preseason All-Big Ten Team by Illinois’ Shaun Pruitt, Indiana’s D.J. White, Ohio State’s Jamar Butler and Penn State’s Geary Claxton.

The preseason All-Big Ten team that I did over the summer was nearly identical to the one selected by the media. The only difference was that I had Raymar Morgan in place of Pruitt. I also had Neitzel as the player of the year with D.J. a close second.

As far as the order of finish in the conference, you can make a case for Michigan State or Indiana. Everyone else is playing for third.

Steve Grinczel, a Michigan State beat writer, gave us an excellent breakdown of the Spartans a few months back. If, and it’s a big if, Tom Izzo can find consistency in the frontcourt, I would also give the nod to Neitzel and Co. However, considering the options up front are Goran Suton, Marquise Gray, Drew Naymick, Idong Ibok and Tom Herzog, I would say consistency from that group is a longshot. Gray is an effective player when his head is in the game and the rest of the gang is relatively unproven (or not any good) sans Suton.

So, who do you have to win the conference? Player of the year? Surprise team? Coach of the year? Newcomer of the year? Let’s hear your thoughts.

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  • Devan Dotson

    This entire website is quite comical. Keep wishing, dreaming, and hoping that this Phoenix will ever again rise from the ashes. Purdue is the future of Indiana basketball. Time to trade in that creme and crimson for black and gold, unless you condone cheatin!!!

  • Devan Dotson

    This entire website is quite comical. Keep wishing, dreaming, and hoping that this Phoenix will ever again rise from the ashes. Purdue is the future of Indiana basketball. Time to trade in that creme and crimson for black and gold, unless you condone cheatin!!!

  • Tom

    Devan–I guess a 4th place tie in the Big 10 last year really catapulted the Boilermakers in your eyes. The only thing Purdue leads the Big 10 in is overweight head coaches and number of players forced off or kicked off the team.

    Also leaving Gordon off the all Big 10 first team by the media makes the choices lose all credibility.

  • Tom

    Devan–I guess a 4th place tie in the Big 10 last year really catapulted the Boilermakers in your eyes. The only thing Purdue leads the Big 10 in is overweight head coaches and number of players forced off or kicked off the team.

    Also leaving Gordon off the all Big 10 first team by the media makes the choices lose all credibility.

  • hoo hoo hoo

    i don’t necessarily think that IU is going to win the big ten, but i don’t put much stock into this media preseason picks.

    michigan state could shit in a can, say it’s their team, and still be picked to win the big ten.

  • hoo hoo hoo

    i don’t necessarily think that IU is going to win the big ten, but i don’t put much stock into this media preseason picks.

    michigan state could shit in a can, say it’s their team, and still be picked to win the big ten.

  • MPmike

    Get off this website you freak!!! It’s funny and kind of pathetic that you are going on websites that support IU. It’s not like I go on the GOLD & BLack website and make wishful comments and trying to pretend and that my team is the best. I guess that’s what losers do who don’t have anything to brag on.
    Remember this loser- IU has 23 NCAA championships(5 mens’b-ball) to PU’s two (Men’s golf and Women’s b-ball). Not much to boast, huh.
    Enough said.

  • MPmike

    Get off this website you freak!!! It’s funny and kind of pathetic that you are going on websites that support IU. It’s not like I go on the GOLD & BLack website and make wishful comments and trying to pretend and that my team is the best. I guess that’s what losers do who don’t have anything to brag on.
    Remember this loser- IU has 23 NCAA championships(5 mens’b-ball) to PU’s two (Men’s golf and Women’s b-ball). Not much to boast, huh.
    Enough said.

  • jaime gongora

    man dotson, you are really sad. Get a girlfriend or something, because you have a void you need fulfilled. Maybe you weren’t huged when you were a kid. Is that it? Am I curious? Not really.

  • jaime gongora

    man dotson, you are really sad. Get a girlfriend or something, because you have a void you need fulfilled. Maybe you weren’t huged when you were a kid. Is that it? Am I curious? Not really.

  • jaime gongora

    man dotson, you are really sad. Get a girlfriend or something, because you have a void you need fulfilled. Maybe you weren’t huged when you were a kid. Is that it? Am I curious? Not really.

  • nealE

    i’ve never liked neitzel, he just always annoyed me. that being said, hes a great player. but here’s what i want to know: what planet did this kid come from? i mean look at that picture! he has to be an alien. i bet that’s how he gets that shot off so quickly. anti-gravity enabled hands.

    also, i hate michigan state. they deserve the #1 spot to start the season. the key there is to start the season. we’ll top them. and pay no attention to the purdue fan. he’s just jealous.

  • nealE

    i’ve never liked neitzel, he just always annoyed me. that being said, hes a great player. but here’s what i want to know: what planet did this kid come from? i mean look at that picture! he has to be an alien. i bet that’s how he gets that shot off so quickly. anti-gravity enabled hands.

    also, i hate michigan state. they deserve the #1 spot to start the season. the key there is to start the season. we’ll top them. and pay no attention to the purdue fan. he’s just jealous.

  • nealE

    i’ve never liked neitzel, he just always annoyed me. that being said, hes a great player. but here’s what i want to know: what planet did this kid come from? i mean look at that picture! he has to be an alien. i bet that’s how he gets that shot off so quickly. anti-gravity enabled hands.

    also, i hate michigan state. they deserve the #1 spot to start the season. the key there is to start the season. we’ll top them. and pay no attention to the purdue fan. he’s just jealous.

  • slojoe

    I’m going with DJ, EJ, Raymar Morgan, Drew Neitzel, and Shaun Pruitt for all big 10. DJ will be POY. Take a look at the Pan-Am games. DJ was the man for that team as he led in scoring and rebounds by a wide margin. He also led in shooting % and even steals. Neitzel did not show much in these games. I agree any all Big 10 team that leaves EJ off is — well just off. I’m also going with IU for the title.
    Purdue has a good young team, and I expect them to come on strong about half way through the Big 10 season. But they will struggle early especially after losing their top two players. As far as Purdue becoming a dynasty — well it could happen — but you need more than one great recruiting class to make such an assertion credible.

  • slojoe

    I’m going with DJ, EJ, Raymar Morgan, Drew Neitzel, and Shaun Pruitt for all big 10. DJ will be POY. Take a look at the Pan-Am games. DJ was the man for that team as he led in scoring and rebounds by a wide margin. He also led in shooting % and even steals. Neitzel did not show much in these games. I agree any all Big 10 team that leaves EJ off is — well just off. I’m also going with IU for the title.
    Purdue has a good young team, and I expect them to come on strong about half way through the Big 10 season. But they will struggle early especially after losing their top two players. As far as Purdue becoming a dynasty — well it could happen — but you need more than one great recruiting class to make such an assertion credible.

  • Devan Dotson

    We do have 1 mens basketball national championship. If it is all right to count all your ancient titles, then it would be alright to count our ancient championship. By the way I just like getting all of you worked up good luck this year, and to better days coming for both teams.

  • Devan Dotson

    We do have 1 mens basketball national championship. If it is all right to count all your ancient titles, then it would be alright to count our ancient championship. By the way I just like getting all of you worked up good luck this year, and to better days coming for both teams.

  • Devan Dotson

    We do have 1 mens basketball national championship. If it is all right to count all your ancient titles, then it would be alright to count our ancient championship. By the way I just like getting all of you worked up good luck this year, and to better days coming for both teams.

  • Mike

    I don’t mind not having Gordon on the preseason team, only because he has yet to play a minute of college basketball. As long as he’s plays well enough to be on the all big ten team at the end of the year is all that i care about.

    Hey Dotson, do you know what I found quite comical? How about that purdue publication that got down on hands and knees begging Tyler Zeller to come to Purdue. That was a complete joke.

  • Mike

    I don’t mind not having Gordon on the preseason team, only because he has yet to play a minute of college basketball. As long as he’s plays well enough to be on the all big ten team at the end of the year is all that i care about.

    Hey Dotson, do you know what I found quite comical? How about that purdue publication that got down on hands and knees begging Tyler Zeller to come to Purdue. That was a complete joke.

  • nealE

    the difference is we actually won are “ancient” titles. you were awarded it. you won nothing.

    but yes, purdue should be better. i want them to be good. show the rest of the big 10 that the state of indiana is where basketball lives.

  • nealE

    the difference is we actually won are “ancient” titles. you were awarded it. you won nothing.

    but yes, purdue should be better. i want them to be good. show the rest of the big 10 that the state of indiana is where basketball lives.

  • nealE

    the difference is we actually won are “ancient” titles. you were awarded it. you won nothing.

    but yes, purdue should be better. i want them to be good. show the rest of the big 10 that the state of indiana is where basketball lives.

  • Mike in NC

    To me, it will all come down to whether or not IU can learn to win on the road….this was a real problem for them last year, and with a lot of youngsters expected to play key roles this year, it will remain a question mark. If they can get a few early road wins in conference (vs. Iowa, Mich, and Minn)to build some confidence, then look out…

  • Mike in NC

    To me, it will all come down to whether or not IU can learn to win on the road….this was a real problem for them last year, and with a lot of youngsters expected to play key roles this year, it will remain a question mark. If they can get a few early road wins in conference (vs. Iowa, Mich, and Minn)to build some confidence, then look out…

  • Mike in NC

    To me, it will all come down to whether or not IU can learn to win on the road….this was a real problem for them last year, and with a lot of youngsters expected to play key roles this year, it will remain a question mark. If they can get a few early road wins in conference (vs. Iowa, Mich, and Minn)to build some confidence, then look out…

  • Devan Dotson

    Many of us are begging and hoping Tyler Zeller will come to purdue, is because we feel that he would be the last piece of the puzzle for a possible national championship contending team. I said (possible)only if the players pan out.

  • Devan Dotson

    Many of us are begging and hoping Tyler Zeller will come to purdue, is because we feel that he would be the last piece of the puzzle for a possible national championship contending team. I said (possible)only if the players pan out.

  • Here’s how the conference was ranked by the media:

    1. Michigan State (18 first place votes)
    2. Indiana (4 first place votes)
    3. Ohio State
    4. Wisconsin
    5. Purdue
    6. Illinois
    7. Penn State
    8. Michigan
    9. Minnesota
    10. Iowa
    11. Northwestern

  • Here’s how the conference was ranked by the media:

    1. Michigan State (18 first place votes)
    2. Indiana (4 first place votes)
    3. Ohio State
    4. Wisconsin
    5. Purdue
    6. Illinois
    7. Penn State
    8. Michigan
    9. Minnesota
    10. Iowa
    11. Northwestern