Around the Hall: Freshman of the year debate, more

  • 03/05/2012 4:13 pm in

Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall staff:

+ ESPN.com college basketball blogger Eamonn Brennan writes that ” few players in the country were as efficient, as dominant, or as important to their teams as Cody Zeller.” And for that reason, Brennan believes the IU freshman deserves the Big Ten freshman of the year award.

+ Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz delivers his thoughts on IU’s five seniors, whom he calls “the survivors.” And Indy Star beat writer Terry Hutchens reveals his All-Big Ten ballot.

+ Indiana Daily Student columnist Avi Zaleon looks at the potential winners and losers in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament. Zaleon also compares the statistics of Cody Zeller and Michigan’s Trey Burke, the two primary candidates for the league’s freshman of the year award.

+ Inside Indiana revealed their picks for the All-Big Ten teams and individual awards.

+ Indiana ends the regular season in a dead heat with Michigan from an efficiency margin standpoint according to the UMHoops.com weekly Big Ten roundup.

+ The Hoosiers are mentioned prominently in the regular season awards edition of “King’s Court” on ESPN.com.

+ Bracketology updates: ESPN, CBSSports, SI.com and Crashing the Dance.

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  • Hoosier78

    So who actually gets to vote for all of these different awards? Is it the big ten coaches as well as some individuals in the media?

  • CH

    Trey Burke is good no doubt but he is not quite the game changer for his team that CZ has been for the Hoosiers. CZ is B1G frosh of the year hands down. CZ has went toe to toe against Sullinger, MSU’ s big guys, and UK Davis . There should be no question.

  • GaHoosier

    Big Ten Coach of the Year – Coach Tom Crean (hands down – they played their best basketball the last 3 games @ Minn., vs. MSU,  and vs. PU)

    Big Ten Freshman of the Year – Cody Zeller (He out-played Anthony Davis of UK)

    Go HOOSIERS!

  • GaHoosier

    Big Ten Coach of the Year – Coach Tom Crean (hands down – they played their best basketball the last 3 games @ Minn., vs. MSU,  and vs. PU)

    Big Ten Freshman of the Year – Cody Zeller (He out-played Anthony Davis of UK)

    Go HOOSIERS!

  • catronhoosier

    I tend to agree with almost everything i have seen so far in regards to all conference and freshmen of the year and coach of the year.  If Cody doesn’t get all conference i will be a little upset but i can understand that if you are going to put shurna and Frazier on there but i don’t believe that is the way people will go.

    Anyone think Oladipo will get second team all conference?  I figure he’s a gurantee for honorable mention the way he has played overall but what about 2nd team?  I guess it depends on how the first team shakes out but i feel like Oladipo is deserving

  • Kokomo_Joe

    I feel IU could possibly play into a #3 seed in the tourney if they can win at least 2 games in the Big 10 tourney.

    Off subject but have to comment.  Is it me or do Syracuse and UConn seem to play by a different set of rules?

    http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/7649441/syracuse-reports-possible-drug-policy-violations-ncaa

    I know fans in this part of the US like to focus in on UK and Calipari, but I think Syracuse and UConn take the cake when it comes to gutter trash college basketball programs.

    Who in the hell wants to play basketball in a place that gets 200+ inches of snow per year?

    Who wants to play at UConn and be on the second best basketball team on campus?

    UConn has massive graduation issues as well and Syracuse seems to have child molestation issues.

    I can’t wait for them to get what they deserve.

  • Izzo? Come on. Enough with the Izzo love-fest. If Michigan State won the title outright, I’d have no problem with that. 

    But come on, Izzo’s team played poorly down the stretch. Belein (sp?) or Crean were more deserving of the award. 

  • Izzo? Come on. Enough with the Izzo love-fest. If Michigan State won the title outright, I’d have no problem with that. 

    But come on, Izzo’s team played poorly down the stretch. Belein (sp?) or Crean were more deserving of the award. 

  • SCHoosier

    Maybe CZ outplayed him..maybe not (fouls deteremined his minutes) Fact is Davis is likely to be overall player of the year. Last game I saw..he was shooting 3’s..taking the ball to the hole and do all the things facing the basket that Cody needs to learn or be allowed to do. Davis also set UK and I believe SEC blocked shot records. So let’s hope Cody gets B-10 POA..cause Davis is gonna lead freshmen nationally.

  • SCHoosier

    I want Cody to win and he has estabished himself ..in my mind ..to win it. Nobody had a bigger overall impact on his TEAM than Zeller. In fairness..Burke led his team to a share of the conference title..and was the dominate player on that squad. He had the ball in his hand at least 60% of the time in each possession..and at least 3 times was asked to win a game in the final minute and  did. So if the vote goes Trey’s way..I don’t think we can scream. Maybe it will be a “c0-honor”..but that’s kind of copping out in my mind.

  • Drewp1

    Izzo named B1G coach of year. I can live with that. CZ not first team, I have trouble with that.

  • Dandy Don

    I really think IU got snubbed by the media but then I don’t think the media counts as much as the coaches – FOY should have been Zeller by the numbers IMO and Crean most definitely made more improvement that Tom Izzo with his team and preseason predictions- I don’t get Izzo winning like he did – how much did his team improve over the year as compared directly to Crean’s team?  IU had a good chance to go from worse to first – what about MSU NO COMPARISON!  Yes I am prejudice – lol

  • I strongly disagree with Izzo. Izzo’s team lost their final two games to blow the outright B1G title. How do you call him the Coach of the Year when  you can’t finish off your season? If they got it outright, I’d be ok with it, but I don’t think Izzo would say he coached his best the last two games. 

    Crean and the Hoosiers had a huge turn around and no one rated IU as high as it finished in the B1G. Most had them around 9th or so this year. 

  • I strongly disagree with Izzo. Izzo’s team lost their final two games to blow the outright B1G title. How do you call him the Coach of the Year when  you can’t finish off your season? If they got it outright, I’d be ok with it, but I don’t think Izzo would say he coached his best the last two games. 

    Crean and the Hoosiers had a huge turn around and no one rated IU as high as it finished in the B1G. Most had them around 9th or so this year. 

  • Drewp1

    Oh, I agree CTC should have been COY! Hell, he should be national coach of year. I can just live with Izzo getting it. CZ has to share with Burke. That’s bull! CZ is in running for national FOY. Burke not even top 5 finalist.

  • I think the FOY split is ok. Makes sense to me. I would have been more okay with Beilein getting COY than Izzo. 

  • Drewp1

    Beilein good too. We’ll have to disagree on CZ and Burke.

  • SCHoosier

    Yea..I remember Coach B’s first year at UM..he was letting guys shoot all those 3’s that his offense calls for and nobdy could hit them..getting booed etc. He’ll have them tough next year with a couple more bigs.

  • GaHoosier

    Let me clarify my post.  Cody Zeller outplayed Anthony Davis in Assembly Hall.  I under that fouls determined Davis’ minutes…but one could argue that Zeller was able to draw the fouls (which is part of out-playing him).  I believe he drew two fouls with pump-fakes!

    However, I do believe Davis is the best Freshman in the country and probably the best player!

  • SCHoosier

    we are in agreement..I just hope Cody spends his off season developing his high post game..jumper and taking it to the hole while facing the basket. If he’s gonna have a pro-career..that’s where his improvement (along with the weight room) needs to come.