Surprise, Surprise: Michigan State picked to win Big Ten

  • 10/28/2010 8:26 am in

INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 02: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans holds up one finger during practice prior to the 2010 Final Four of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 2, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Per the Big Ten:

Park Ridge, Ill.– Coming off its second consecutive Final Four appearance, Michigan State was selected to finish first in the Big Ten, as voted upon by a panel of conference media. Ohio State and Purdue were picked to finish second and third, respectively. Spartan senior Kalin Lucas was named the Preseason Player of the Year for the second straight season and was joined on the Preseason All-Conference team by Illinois’ Demetri McCamey, Purdue’s JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore and Wisconsin’s Jon Leuer.

Michigan State returns three starters and nine letterwinners from last year’s squad that went 28-9 and tied for the Big Ten Championship with a 14-4 conference record. Head Coach Tom Izzo took the Spartans to their second straight Final Four, marking the team’s sixth appearance in the event in the last 12 years.

Ohio State brings back four starters and six letterwinners from last year’s squad that tied for the Big Ten title with a 14-4 conference mark, won the conference tournament advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. The Buckeyes finished the 2009-10 season with a 29-8 overall record, giving the Buckeyes 20 or more wins in each of their six seasons under head coach Thad Matta.

Two starters and 10 letterwinners return for Purdue, who tied for the Big Ten title and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2010. The Boilermakers finished the season with a 29-6 mark and advanced to their fourth straight NCAA Tournament under the guidance of head coach Matt Painter.

Lucas earns his second straight Preseason Player of the Year honor after earning first-team All-Big Ten recognition following the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons. The Big Ten Player of the Year as a sophomore in 2009, Lucas enters the season as the conference’s third-leading active scorer, with 1,418 career points. The guard is one of 10 Big Ten players named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 List.

The 2010-11 Preseason All-Big Ten team includes three first-team All-Big Ten honorees from last season in McCamey, Lucas and Moore. Johnson was named first-team honoree following the 2008-09 season and earned a spot on the second team last year. Leuer was an honorable mention selection a season ago.

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  • JerryCT

    I really cannot argue with this list of top teams HOWEVER I am not convinced Kalin Lucas can be the same player after aichilles surgery.Regrettably I have personal experience with that .

    Thus while MSU may still win the B10 I would not count on Lucas as POY. He will not be explosive on one side and will be defended as such when teams figure it out.

    I also think we can work some revenge on OSU, PU, Wisky this year if certain things fall into place for us

  • JerryCT

    PS – Is it just me or does the picture of Izzo morph into the image of your proctologist if you stare it ?
    It scared me a little anyway

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    does anyone know if the pacers games are on local t.v. in bloomington? i remember when i used to come up from southern indiana there was a channel that carried them.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve always thought he looked a little like Harvey Keitel. Now there’s a guy I REALLY don’t want as my proctologist!

  • Anonymous

    If you get FOX Sports Indiana, I think they’re on there.

  • Baseball Montgomery Buc

    Too much drama involving this team, I see Illinois finishing in first.

  • Gustin

    Regrettably, since I work at the U of I, I too think they will win it this year. The Illini have a good team with enough depth to finish on top. I will hear how good they are all season. But, our time is coming… Go Hoosiers! Hope our fans are loud tonight at AH!

  • Outoftheloop

    I don’t expect these 3 teams to finish the Big 10 in those positions. I think that the year will be full of upsets! The non-official poll had MSU, OSU, IL 3rd and Purdue 4th, WI, MN, Northwestern, IU, PSU, MI and Iowa. Let’s play some games and see what is real!

  • Baseball Montgomery Buc

    As much as I hate to admit it. Illinois depth this year is unlike ive ever seen.