Indiana named preseason favorite to win Big Ten

  • 10/25/2012 8:39 am in

Big Ten media day is today in Chicago and just moments ago, the conference announced its preseason picks for league champion and player of the year this morning.

Here’s the full release:

PARK RIDGE, Ill. – Already named the preseason No. 1 team in the nation by several publications, Indiana has been chosen as the Big Ten favorite heading into the 2012-13 season as voted on by a panel of conference media. The media also tabbed Hoosier sophomore Cody Zeller as the Preseason Player of the Year. Michigan and Ohio State, two of the three teams that shared the 2011-12 Big Ten title, were selected to finish second and third, respectively, in the conference.

Zeller was a unanimous pick to the Preseason All-Big Ten Team and was joined on the squad by the Wolverines’ Trey Burke, the Buckeyes’ Aaron Craft and Deshaun Thomas and Penn State’s Tim Frazier.

Indiana returns all five starters and 11 total letterwinners from last year’s team that advanced to the Sweet 16 and finished with a 27-9 overall record. The Hoosiers are led by fifth-year head coach Tom Crean. Zeller was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year by the conference coaches last year and was a second-team All-Big Ten honoree by the coaches and media last season.

Michigan welcomes back three starters from last year’s NCAA Tournament squad that won a share of the Big Ten title. Head Coach John Beilein enters his sixth year with the program and returns a pair of All-Big Ten selections in Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. Burke was the media’s selection for Big Ten Freshman of the Year last season.

Ohio State returns three starters from last year’s Final Four squad. The Buckeyes won a share of last year’s Big Ten title and are led by ninth-year head coach Thad Matta. Craft and Thomas both earned All-Big Ten recognition a season ago, while Craft was the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year.

The complete 2012 Preseason All-Big Ten Team and preseason poll can be found below.

2012-13 BIG TEN PRESEASON RANKINGS
1. Indiana
2. Michigan
3. Ohio State

2012-13 PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM
CODY ZELLER, Indiana
Trey Burke, Michigan
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State
Tim Frazier, Penn State

2012-13 PRESEASON BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Cody Zeller, Indiana

Unanimous selection in ALL CAPS

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  • SCHoosier

    I’m getting a bit nervous about all this Number One talk..let’s just go play and prove it. The B-10 will be like it always is..anybody can be beaten on the road..including our vaunted Hoosiers. Elston is going to be missed early in t he year as the freshmen develop…and is going to be needed for some body bangin’ when conference play starts. Congrats Hoosiers..but stay lean and mean.

  • SCHoosier

    I’m getting a bit nervous about all this Number One talk..let’s just go play and prove it. The B-10 will be like it always is..anybody can be beaten on the road..including our vaunted Hoosiers. Elston is going to be missed early in t he year as the freshmen develop…and is going to be needed for some body bangin’ when conference play starts. Congrats Hoosiers..but stay lean and mean.

  • HoosierTrav

    No need to be nervous. Every season there is a preseason #1. I dont think we have to worry about this teams heads getting too big over this. They have veteran leadership and all have the same common goal (Nat’l Championship). If last years UK team could handle their lofty expectations, then this Hoosier squad will most certainly do the same. We will take some lumps throughout B1G season but i fully expect this team to finish with their preseason ranking. For now lets enjoy the spoils of being #1. Its been a long time. Its where we belong.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Did the coaches predict where the rest of the conference would finish as well?

  • JLH2310

    I cannot believe that Aaron Craft was first team – he isn’t that good…

  • Jim R

    I think you’ll be hard-pressed to find many knowledgeable basketball people who agree with that statement…

  • IULaw10

    Vic agrees with you.

  • marcusgresham

    Derek should be back by conference play

  • Kreigh_Smiths_Short_Shorts

    Time to go get it done out on the floor! Let’s go Hoosiers, hang #6!!!

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    just like ive been saying, CTC needs to preach that we are the hunter not the hunted. DE isnt gonna play major minutes anyway,but should be back for the BIG. Deshaun makes the list cause he shoots it 20 times a game.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Craft is largely a defensive nominee; he’s a terrific defender.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Craft is largely a defensive nominee; he’s a terrific defender.

  • Btown88

    I expect several IU players moving up (CWat to 1st, VO to 2nd, and FOY be split between Yogi vs Harris. No way OSU ends up with 2 on first team!

  • Bball Papaw

    I don’t mean this in a bad way by any means but Elston getting hurt could force the development of some of these other players early in the season when we are playing the weaker teams. If he was going to be hurt this would be the time for that to happen so we can take advantage of the weaker schedule for developmental purposes.

  • Arsdale

    By the same token (sort of), how in the world is Trey Burke NOT a unanimous selection?

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    While I am reveling in the fact that we are the preseason #1, I also realize it is where you finish that matters. There will be bumps in the road and challenges to face each and every day for this squad. We know this and as Indiana fans we should never forget our history. In regards to that history, IU could very well have 8 titles instead of 5 when looking at key injuries during a National Title contending season. If CTC has the right mindset and mentally coaches our players to overlook the hype then we will be fine. I just feel there is a hunger with these guys and a banner is going to be the only thing to satisfy them. On a perception level from the outside looking at us a National Championship would be downright amazing, but winning a Big Ten Championship (regular season and tourney) would go a long way as well towards proving Indiana is relevant again. It is hard to be a top 3 program in the country year in and year out (which is what we want and believe we are when the dust settles) when simply a conference title has been very elusive for the last 20+ years. Indiana’s national perception market share (for a lack of better words) and who is viewed to represent the Big Ten as the standard has been reduced by consistency of other programs by said programs becoming more viable. Programs like Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Ohio State namely. These are solid programs that in the past before Indiana’s decline on average had a good season out of every 3-5 seasons while Indiana was near or on the top year in and year out. For the last 15 years Indiana, in all honesty, has been chasing at least one if not all three of these programs in the conference and then so follows chasing them in the national picture. Perception is reality, and Indiana needs to own the Big Ten without any questions and I believe this year will be the start of that process. It takes a process and steps to get back to what our expectations are and our boys are groomed and on their way. First came in state recruiting and Coach conquered that. Next, CTC and Indiana last year finished locking up the state and taking the borders back within game play. As a team Indiana made that step and placed themselves back in the national picture. Now Indiana must make take the conference and make it theirs once again. Logical thinking should tell us since the Big Ten is up and now the best conference in the country two years running then the national perception would soon follow for Indiana if they take ownership of the conference again. It is now up to CTC and our team to do what we believe they are capable of. I hope coach is making them believe in themselves but also getting them to believe that the work is far from done and they can be beaten any single night by anybody who is getting hyped up to play IU. Indiana’s time as darlings and the sweet return story will be short lived because the giant is waking up. When the giant wakes up then the beat downs of everyone else will ensue. When the beat downs start ensuing then that is when Indiana will get booed every where they go for every game they play. Being booed can be a huge compliment and I can’t wait. Go IU!!

  • TYIU1

    I live in Kensucky, and for the last couple of years I have been taking my lumps from the basketball mills they have in this state. With us being ranked #1, I am really enjoying this time to puff out my chest, and ready to show them how a proud program is built and win titles, and graduate players. Bring home #6, GO INDIANA HURRYING HOOSIERS.

  • Wright Harney

    Tom Izzo producing premium content for the staff, niiiice

  • DannerPerea

    When are you publishing Chapter Two? 😉 I was hanging on every word..well written!

  • DannerPerea

    Everytime someone posts about UK, I throw up a little in my mouth. Then I realize that, at some point, their wins since Coach Cal arrived will be vacated. Then everything is ok again.

  • DannerPerea

    Everytime someone posts about UK, I throw up a little in my mouth. Then I realize that, at some point, their wins since Coach Cal arrived will be vacated. Then everything is ok again.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Thanks! I can get a little wordy when I get on a soap box. I am working on that, but I do enjoy writing in general as an amateur. I appreciate the compliment!