Ferrell named preseason first team All-Big Ten, Wisconsin tabbed as league favorite

  • 10/16/2014 9:08 am in

Yogi Ferrell was named to the preseason all-Big Ten team and the Wisconsin Badgers are the unanimous pick to the win the 2014-2015 Big Ten men’s basketball championship, the conference announced earlier this morning at its media day.

Here’s the full release:

Rosemont, Ill. – Wisconsin has been chosen as the unanimous Big Ten favorite heading into the 2014-15 men’s basketball season as voted on by a panel of conference media. The media also tabbed Badger senior Frank Kaminsky as the Preseason Player of the Year. Michigan State and Ohio State were selected to finish second and third, respectively.

Kaminsky was joined on the preseason All-Big Ten team by Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell, Michigan’s Caris LeVert, Nebraska’s Terran Petteway and Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker.

The Badgers return four starters from last year’s team that advanced to the Final Four. Bo Ryan enters his 14th year at the helm after leading Wisconsin to a 30-8 record last season. Kaminsky was named to the 2014 All-Big Ten first team by both the coaches and media, while Dekker earned second-team honors from the coaches and third-team laurels from the media.

Michigan State’s Tom Izzo enters his 20th season with the Spartans and welcomes back two starters, Branden Dawson and Denzel Valentine, from last year’s team that advanced to the Elite Eight. Michigan State won its fourth Big Ten Tournament title last season.

Ohio State returns two starters in Sam Thompson and Amir Williams from last year’s team that made its 26th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Head coach Thad Matta enters his 11th year at the helm of the Buckeyes.

Petteway earned 2014 first-team All-Big Ten honors from both the conference coaches and media, while Ferrell and LeVert both garnered second-team laurels on both ballots.

The complete 2014-15 preseason poll and All-Big Ten team can be found below.

2. Michigan State
3. Ohio State

Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
Caris LeVert, Michigan
Terran Petteway, Nebraska
Sam Dekker, Wisconsin

Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin

Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS

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  • LiveIUBBall

    I think we are a dark horse, especially with every play starting w the best PG in the league. Can’t wait.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Michigan St. 2nd? Izzo is one of the greats but I don’t think that is even close. They might make the tournament but I see them outside the top 5 in the Big Ten.


    I’ll believe that Izzo and Michigan St will finish below 5th in the B1G when it happens.

  • Zach

    I know they’ve got Travis Trice at point guard and a really speedy small freshman coming in in Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn. But I’m also unsure about the rest. They’ve got Valentine who will start at the 2 or 3 and Dawson who will start at the 4, but they are probably thinner in the frontcourt options than we are with only Costello and Schilling. They’ve got a ton of holes but I’m also definitely not betting against Izzo until I am given a reason to.

  • Alford Bailey

    Yogi All Big Ten? Well Duh. Yogi will also have a say in POY by the time its all said and done.

  • millzy32

    How does IU have the number one point guard in the league (pre-season) and the best incoming freshman guard coming in and still we are picked to finish 8th to 10th in the league?

  • millzy32

    How was Dekker not DEKKER? AKA, why wasn’t he unanimous? He’s their best player IMHO.

  • calbert40

    If Sparty finishes 2nd, I’ll eat my shirt. Not gonna happen. This is nothing more than a hat tip ranking.

  • calbert40

    I think they are going to struggle. If (big if) they finish in the top 4, the only reason would be that the B1G is more shallow than even we anticipated. That is not a good roster.

  • calbert40

    Only two possible reasons that I can think of:

    1) People are very concerned about our post play. It is a legitimate concern, because most of us have it too; however, so do many other teams in the conference.

    2) It is a ranking based on last year moreso than this year.

    I don’t think we are going to win the conference title, but I think we are going to surprise some people this year. Our backcourt has the potential to be amazing. Would you want to find a way to stop Yogi and JB? Good luck!

  • Hoosier Hall

    I agree. Not that Izzo doesn’t deserve the hat tip though.


    I’m not saying that they will be right in the thick of the B1G ten race the whole conference schedule but not finishing in the top 5, I just don’t see an Izzo coached team finishing 6th or lower. Sure they’ve got holes to fill but so does pretty much the rest of the B1G, plus Izzo is about as good at plugging holes as anybody especially when he has the whole preconference to figure out how to plug them. Think it’s safer to say that I’ll eat my shirt if they finish 6th or lower than it is to say I’ll eat it if they finish 2nd. Don’t see them finishing 2nd but that’s more likely than them ending up 6th or lower. Still sticking with my, “believe it when it happens” statement.

  • Outoftheloop

    The “foolish season” of rampant speculation is drawing to a close! Let the games begin!

  • Outoftheloop

    Mr Izzo has earned it. But it means nothing!

  • Outoftheloop

    And Dawson is not a great leader, “I can will us to victory, get on my back”, type of player like Greene was.