2012 All-Big Ten teams announced, Zeller honored

  • 03/05/2012 7:24 pm in

The Big Ten Conference released the annual All-Big Ten teams this evening live on the Big Ten Network and several Indiana players were among the honorees.

Indiana freshman Cody Zeller was named to the second team and is the coaches pick for freshman of the year.

Christian Watford was an All-Big Ten honorable mention selection by the coaches and media. Jordan Hulls and Victor Oladipo were All-Big Ten honorable mention picks by the media. Oladipo was named to the all-defensive team by the coaches.

Reaction from Zeller and full All-Big Ten teams after the jump.

On his reaction to hearing the news of winning freshman of the year as selected by the coaches:

“It’s definitely a great honor winning freshman of the year. The Big Ten is definitely a great conference. It’s a great honor.”

On where he was when he heard the news and how he reacted:

“Our S.I.D. told me just a little while ago and I’d been kind of waiting for it today. It’s definitely exciting.”

On how he dealt with the pressure and being labeled as a “savior”:

“I didn’t worry too much about the pressure I just came in every day and tried to work hard. I get a lot of the credit, but a lot of the guys, Christian Watford, Verdell Jones, a lot of those guys improved so much over the summer that I don’t deserve all of the credit.”

On whether he ever had doubts or thought things were going to be tougher than he originally thought:

“Being a freshman and playing in the Big Ten, there’s always going to be a few of those moments, but I tried not to worry about it too much and just tried to work hard every day in practice.”

On whether the team has set any specific goals for the Big Ten Tournament:

“Of course we want to win the Big Ten championship, but we’re just going to take it one game at a time. We’re worried about Penn State on Thursday and we’re not going to look past that game.”

On whether the team talks internally about their potential in the NCAA Tournament:

“Not really. We’ll see where we’re placed, what seed we’re at, but like I said we’re just going to take it one game at a time and kind of see where it takes us.”

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  • rogueofcrazies

    Ur not alone at least there is 1 more within the Hoosier Nation that is in total agreement with U on this point!!! Oladipo is except to guard the best of the best unless they are a true post; where Craft is a guard on guard basically! This not to take any thing away from Arron Craft, but come on man Victor Oladipo guards all comers enough said!

    Cody not on the 1st team is inconceivable after a 12 game turn a round in Btown! Haters are rapt in the media & coaches just now we know it! I would like for them to explain to me how & why they drew their conclusion without some anti IU bias! There in love with UK’s, Duke’s, North Caroline’s, Michigan State’s, & Ohio State’s of the world but hate Indiana; who’s Wheaties did we PISS in?

    Now Coach of the year I cannot go there if even start on this rant it will reflect the other side I keep hidden & for go reason! GO Hoosier GO!!!!!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Should drive the team even more that the media sucks and still gives IU no respect!

  • MisterSlippery

    One of the things I like about the B1G is there are a lot of really good coaches. It’s going to be a tough call every year. I agree with thoughts on Painter. That team is wayyyy less talented than their record shows.

  • Waffle

    I think…
    First Team: Zeller, Sullinger, Green, Taylor, Crawford
    Second Team: Shurna, Hardaway Jr., Buford, Frazier, Craft
    Third Team: Watford, Thomas,Hummel, Paul
    I also think Leonard improved, but not smartly, so he shouldn’t get the Honorable Mention.

  • NotTheRealSteveEyl

    Not a chance.  Why in the world would he do that?  He didn’t pick himself.  

  • NotTheRealSteveEyl

    Not sure about that.  Who finished below them that has better talent?  Maybe Iowa?  

  • NotTheRealSteveEyl

    Not sure about that.  Who finished below them that has better talent?  Maybe Iowa?  

  • SCHoosier

    Love Izzo..but I t hink either Crean and Coach B of UM would have been better choices. I think the media vote is impacted by the larger markets…and tends to respect past achievement and rep more than current body of work. Izzo has the total respect of the media and coaches..frankly..while Crean deserves all the credit for turning this program around..he hasn’t won ANYTHING yet at IU…he will. Patience my dear Hoosier fans..all this is a political process..and Izzo is the Godfather. Not upset that Zeller ande Burke split the FOY honors..both were deserving. I can’t see Hardawy third team over Wat or VO. I mean the first third of the season the kid was shooting airballs and a bout 30% from the field. Little “name” recognition advantage there. Both IU and Crean..will reap their awards going forward. How about this..all you fans who are going to the B-10 tourney..start the chant: Tom Crean – coach of the year. Makes everybody feel better anyway!

  • NotTheRealSteveEyl
  • SCHoosier

    Correct..I think it was a “courage” award from coming back from two horrible injuries and performing well with a weak team. Maybe Mo can win it next year! (I wish)

  • SCHoosier

    Had to be or maybe Rembrant..he was a pretty good “Painter”

  • SCHoosier

    I think they have a big guy coming back who was injured this year???better than nay of the fros…they will be tough next year.

  • SCHoosier

    I think they have a big guy coming back who was injured this year???better than nay of the fros…they will be tough next year.

  • Jmfriedman

    Completely.  Give credit where credit is due!  Seems like there are some sore losers out there.

      Anyone wanna bet that we are in the same bracket as UK in the dance? 

  • fults400

    He did say that he felt there were other coaches more deserving when they interviewed him after the announcemen but he didn’t mention any names and he never will.

  • Kokomo_Joe

    I know many on here think IU is getting shafted with these awards, but seriously think about where this team was a year ago and some of the accolades that they have garnered this season.

    I agree Cody should have been on first team, but being second team as a FR and Co-Freshman of the Year is pretty darn good.

    As far as CTC not getting coach of the year, his team had the greatest turnaround on the season so I believe that he should get it, plus IU went 11-7 in conference after 3-15 last year.  However, Izzo is the media darling and after starting 0-2 and looking bad they went on a long sustained winning streak and won the big 10 so I see why he got it.

    As long as CTC keeps bringing in the recruits he has been getting and can develop fringe players like WS and VO, IU will win because our depth will be unrivaled.  There will be many more chances to take home the hardware.

    When IU is 20-7 and blow hards like Vitale do not vote for IU to be in the top 25, that tells me that there are people out there that either do not like Crean or IU or both.

    We are IU fans and we have to remember that regionally and nationally, most people are not.  Duke is kind of that team in college hoops that either love or hate.  IU was that team from the early 70’s to the mid-90’s.  When this program destructed, many were happy.

    Now the program has fought back and there are still a lot of naysayers out there.  We are ahead of schedule in a brutally tough conference and we still don’t get the love from many people.

    I look at it like this, IU is 24-7 and playing good basketball right now.  This is just fuel to the fire heading in to tournament time.  Let the smack in the face keep coming because this team has rolled thru a lot of punches the past 4 years.  This team has showed a resolve and determination to be good.  When they get disrespected, they use that as motivation.

    In my mind there are about 2 teams well rounded enough to make a Final 4 run who currently sit outside of the top 7 teams in the country.  That would be IU and Marquette.  MSU is 8th and they are done after Dawson went out.  Both IU and Marquette can score from all areas on the floor and have a pick your poison approach which could spell trouble for the big dogs.  Remember #1 UK has one loss this year that everyone in the media seems to overlook.  In the meantime, IU has beaten #1, #2, and #5 and #13.

    Let the conference award snub keep fueling the dark clouds on the horizon because right now IU is building the perfect storm to make a run in March.

  • Kokomo_Joe

    McGary will have a smaller impact than CZ this season.  I could see Mcgary being a 7ppg 5 reb guy.

    Robinson is the guy to me that is just scraping the talent pool thus far.  I think he will be a force.

    MSU is losing Green but he is Mr Everything.  Harris will be good right away.  He will step in and start.

    Purdue will be 5th or 6th best again; Wisc will take a step back to #5; If Ill ever gets a good coach they could move right up.  OSU will be in the mix as they are reloading too.

    The Big 10 is the power conference again like the 80’s and 90’s.

  • Kokomo_Joe

    McGary will have a smaller impact than CZ this season.  I could see Mcgary being a 7ppg 5 reb guy.

    Robinson is the guy to me that is just scraping the talent pool thus far.  I think he will be a force.

    MSU is losing Green but he is Mr Everything.  Harris will be good right away.  He will step in and start.

    Purdue will be 5th or 6th best again; Wisc will take a step back to #5; If Ill ever gets a good coach they could move right up.  OSU will be in the mix as they are reloading too.

    The Big 10 is the power conference again like the 80’s and 90’s.

  • calbert40

     Would just about put money on it!

  • calbert40

     I think Gatens may be the most underrated player in the conference.  He is tough as nails.

  • calbert40

     The voters handed out lifetime achievement awards like the Oscars this year.  Zeller and Burke both should have made 1st Team.

    Zeller finished in the top 10 in points, rebounds, steals (STEALS!) and Blocks.  I think we could argue that outside of Green, he was the most well-rounded player in the B1G this year.  The fact that he was the only significant addition to a team that went from 3-15 to 11-7 in the conference this year should get him on the 1st team.

    I would have gone Green (POY), Sullinger, Zeller, Burke and Shurna.  2nd Team: Hummel, Frazier, Taylor, Gatens, Buford.

  • marcusgresham

    I did hear them say the other night that Zeller and Burke were each Freshman of the Week 6 times, so it was pretty close.

  • marcusgresham

    Thomas is one of the most talented guys in the conference.  For some reason, he just doesn’t play like it on a regular basis.

  • marcusgresham

    Thomas is one of the most talented guys in the conference.  For some reason, he just doesn’t play like it on a regular basis.

  • INUnivHoosier

    That implies that we will be a weak team. Mo would be winning it on a strong team, and that would make him much more deserving.

  • cpmichae

    what is the likelihood Creek will be able to contribute when he is back? 

  • WhatsUpKnight

    i love it that they got disrespected, because now they’re going to have a big B1G chip on their shoulders come Thursday. And not to look ahead to Friday, but i can’t wait for the rematch with Wisconsin! I was more than a little peeved at their celebration after the first game (this isn’t derek rose, by the way).

  • smartybucket

     Maybe, but they are projecting us in the brcket with UNC as the #1.  Not to get ahead of myself, but would love to get a shot at UNC, so I hope it pans out that way.  Still alot of ball to play and seedings will change.

  • smartybucket

     Maybe, but they are projecting us in the brcket with UNC as the #1.  Not to get ahead of myself, but would love to get a shot at UNC, so I hope it pans out that way.  Still alot of ball to play and seedings will change.

  • NWI_Hoosier

    Honest question that I probably should know the answer to – Is the Big 10 Coach of the Year award supposed to be only for the play of his team during the Big 10 season?  Or does it encompass the play of the team throughout the entire season, including nonconference? 
     
    If it’s just B1G play, then it’s hard to argue with Izzo, he’s just as deserving.  If it’s for the entire season, then Crean got robbed.  We have to remember that some of our best wins this season came in the non-conference schedule.

  • cdog

    What will be funny is that Crean will finish higher in the National Coach of the Year vote than Izzo.  Someone at ESPN had Crean winning the National Coach of the Year award in a recent article.  The award within the B10 is nothing more than a popularity contest and most often is given to the coach of the B10 conference champs.  I think there is some media and coaches that don’t like that IU is now relevant again.  I think the national media is much more appreciative of what went on in Bloomington this year.  ESPN noted the dramatic turnaround, the wins over top-5 teams, and being the only team to beat KY.  Sure the one point loss against NE and the three point loss to MN hurt, but they went 18-1 at home and were .500 outside B-Town.  Go IU!!!!

  • Derbus

    Michigan won a share of the Big 10 title, that says alot for Burke.  I think if IU shares the title or places 2nd, then CTC wins the award.  Overall, Cody wins the FOY based on impacting the team and games alone.  No worries, going to a Final 4 this year is possible if VJ and CW shoot 50%+ for the duration.

  • Hardwood83

     I disagree (shocking! I know) I think it is more then outlandish, I find it insulting that Izzo was chosen. The award is for THIS season. Izzo did what he should have with the POY and strong supporting cast. He wasn’t great, certainly not bad- just solid.

    Crean was the COY plain & simple. Followed by Beilein, Painter & Carmody ALL ahead of Izzo.

    Izzo is a great coach- but that isn’t the question, did he do the best coaching this year? No not even close.

  • Hardwood83

     Your opinions are correct. As I said in another post, this was insulting.

    I get tired of the ‘disrespect’ mantra. Respect is earned, not given- however in this case it most certainly WAS earned and promptly ignored by the majority of voters.

    Continued success is the best and only revenge. Win at least a couple games each in the conference & NCAA tourneys and roll into next season.

  • kenny george

    nomatter what, awards are nice, but coach crean coaches for us and our kids. the kids play for us. as long as they know we appreciate them and respect what they have accomplished at iu, then the real joy lies within.  someday soon, all those naysayers and doomsday critics will get their comeuppance from our kids and then we may rejoice as only iu can—flood the floor with human wave after human wave of cream and crimson clad humans!!!   another day of celebration…

  • Outoftheloop

     Neither the Coaches nor the media feel any need to give Indiana the
    respect that IU earned this regular season. Put the chip on your
    shoulder and kick some a-s in Indianapolis!

  • Outoftheloop

     Neither the Coaches nor the media feel any need to give Indiana the
    respect that IU earned this regular season. Put the chip on your
    shoulder and kick some a-s in Indianapolis!

  • MisterSlippery

    Minus Hummel name one talented player, at least that’s my view. That roster stinks.

  • I agree completely.  CTC for COY in the B10 and Cody on the first team.   Nothing against Shurma, but I would take Cody hands down.

  • millzy32

    Oh Please Oh Please let us play them again.  I would welcome the challenge on a neutral site in what would be the SweetSixteen if we are a 4 or 5 seed and the Elite 8 if we are a 3 or 2 seed

  • millzy32

    Zeller vs Zeller just like in the back yard.

  • millzy32

    This was a great year but there are better years to come.  What these silly awards show is that to win an award you need to win period.  If IU wins the Big Ten next season then Crean will be coach of the year and Cody will be player of the year.  It really is that simple. 

    They gave the 1 seed in the tourney to MSU so they gave the award to Izzo even though they backed into it.  Izzo is the name guy right now.  Crean can be that guy all it takes is winning. 

    Mark it down.  IU wins the Big Ten next year.  Minus two horrible losses vs Minny and Nebraska and we would have won it this year.  Don’t even mention the @ Iowa game or we could have had it outright.  Then Crean would have been coach of the year.  Win and you’re in.

  • smartybucket

     Roy Williams cries….Oh wait he always does that.  I’ll settle for getting to play at least one team that supposedly has superior talent – UK, UNC, CUSE or the like.  Getting way ahead of myself now.

  • RckyMtnHoosier

    Last time I checked, they don’t hang banners for COY.  Let them disrespect us…

  • dssnyder1

    …..so Crean lost the big 10 award. lousy deal. Does the nation put him in the COY award. i definitely do, but with some mighty stiff competition. I’ll include Izzo (only because of recent events) with  Mike Brey, Steve Fisher, and Bill Self. Self has done a really good job at Kansas after losing a bunch of starters. Myself, I’ll stay on the Crean train and hope for the COY.

  • Rick

    I would have liked to see Coach Crean win Coach of the Year as much as anyone else, but I am wondering,  How often does any coach win coach of the year when his team finishes fifth in the league?  I am guessing not very often.

  • WatchingYogi_atYogis

    In the article, John King even gave CTC the National COY honors. He put CZ as a 3rd team All-American. And gave C Wat’s shot the nod for play of the year. I like all those.

    Robinson, player of the year and most improved.

    Davis, freshman of the year and defensive MVP.

    Those aren’t bad either.

  • Oldguyy

    How often does the fifth-place team lose only two more games in the league than the champion (and lose only one more overall game than only one of the co-champions and the same number as the coach that won the COY)?

  • Oldguyy

    Yes, both Zeller and Burke had good years, but if the voters had asked themselves which one they’d rather have on their team, there is only one honest answer.

  • Oldguyy

    Yes, both Zeller and Burke had good years, but if the voters had asked themselves which one they’d rather have on their team, there is only one honest answer.