Indiana picked to finish 8th in Big Ten in official unofficial media poll

  • 11/17/2020 9:00 am in

The 2020-2021 college basketball season tips off next week and the annual “official unofficial” Big Ten preseason media poll was released this morning.

Organized by Brendan Quinn of The Athletic and Adam Jardy of The Columbus Dispatch, the unofficial poll surveys 28 writers from around the league (two from each Big Ten beat) to get their full predicted order of finish for the league, preseason all-league team, preseason player of the year and preseason freshman of the year. The Big Ten does not conduct a full preseason media poll on its own.

Here is the full predicted order of finish for the Big Ten from the panel of voters (first place votes in parenthesis):

1. Illinois – 376 (16)
2. Iowa 350 – (6)
3. Wisconsin 347 – (6)
4. Michigan State – 323
5. Rutgers – 249
6. Michigan – 241
7. Ohio State – 229
8. Indiana – 212
9. Purdue – 179
10. Maryland – 141
11. Minnesota – 121
12. Penn State – 72
13. Nebraska – 54
14. Northwestern – 47

(Out of a possible 392 votes)

The highest projected finish for Indiana came from Andy Kostka of The Washington Times, who picked the Hoosiers fifth. Seven panelists picked Indiana to finish ninth.

A complete list of ballots is available here.

Full voting distribution for Indiana (a full listing of the media panel that participated in the poll is available at the bottom of this post):

5th: One vote (Kostka)
6th: Six votes (Giambalvo, Osterman, Jardy, Couch, Leistikow, Werner)
7th: Eight votes (Kratch, Bozich, Snyder, Richey, Basnett, Greenstein, Ryan, Potrykus)
8th: Six votes (Carino, Charboneau, Jones, Polzin, Carmin, Neubert)
9th: Seven votes (Burkhardt, Quinn, Landis, Fuller, Emmert, McKewon, James)

Iowa’s Luka Garza was voted Big Ten preseason player of the year, but it was not unanimous. Ayo Dosunmu of Illinois received four votes for Big Ten preseason player of the year. Adam Miller of Illinois was voted Big Ten preseason freshman of the year by the panel.

Preseason All-Big Ten team

Garza, Iowa (28 – unanimous)
Dosunmu, Illinois (28 – unanimous)
Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana (24)
Kofi Cockburn, Illinois (11)
Nate Reuvers, Wisconsin (11)
Franz Wagner, Michigan (11)

Also receiving votes: Marcus Carr, Minnesota (7); Aaron Henry, Michigan State (7); Geo Baker, Rutgers (6); Joey Hauser, Michigan State (2); Joshua Langford, Michigan State (1); Micah Potter, Wisconsin (1); D’Mitrik Trice, Wisconsin (1); Rocket Watts, Michigan State (1); Joe Wieskamp, Iowa (1).

Also receiving votes for Big Ten freshman of the year: Khristian Lander, Indiana (10), Hunter Dickinson, Michigan (4), Zeb Jackson, Michigan (1), Ethan Morton, Purdue (1).

Here is how I voted:

1. Wisconsin
2. Illinois
3. Iowa
4. Michigan State
5. Michigan
6. Rutgers
7. Indiana
8. Ohio State
9. Purdue
10. Minnesota
11. Maryland
12. Penn State
13. Nebraska
14. Northwestern

Big Ten preseason player of the year: Luka Garza, Iowa

This was an easy call. Garza was a national player of the year contender last season and is likely to be an even bigger force as a senior. As good as Dosnumu is, the statistical dominance of Garza is unmatched in the Big Ten.

Big Ten preseason freshman of the year: Hunter Dickinson, Michigan

Opportunity is the key for Dickinson, who should slide right into the role vacated by Jon Teske. I’m not sure the opportunity will be the same for Adam Miller at Illinois or Khristian Lander at Indiana, so I went with Dickinson. Three other voters joined me.

Preseason first team All-Big Ten: Garza, Ayo Dosunmu, Trayce Jackson-Davis, Franz Wagner, Kofi Cockburn

These are the five players I selected in my top five in our offseason exercise with UMHoops where we ranked the Big Ten’s top 25 players.

Here is the complete list of voters (two from each Big Ten beat):

Scott Richey — Illinois | Champaign News-Gazette
Jeremy Werner — Illinois | 247Sports
Alex Bozich — Indiana | Inside The Hall
Zach Osterman — Indiana | Indianapolis Star
Mark Emmert — Iowa | The Des Moines Register
Chad Leistikow — Iowa | The Des Moines Register
Andy Kostka — Maryland | The Washington Times
Emily Giambalvo — Maryland | The Washington Post
Dylan Burkhardt — Michigan | UMHoops
Brendan Quinn — Michigan | The Athletic
Matt Charboneau — Michigan State | Detroit News
Graham Couch — Michigan State | Lansing State Journal
Marcus Fuller — Minnesota | Star Tribune
Ryan James — Minnesota | 247Sports
Chris Basnett — Nebraska | Lincoln Journal Star
Sam McKewon — Nebraska | Omaha World-Herald
Teddy Greenstein — Northwestern | Chicago Tribune
Shannon Ryan — Illinois/Northwestern | Chicago Tribune
Adam Jardy — Ohio State | Columbus Dispatch
Bill Landis — Ohio State | The Athletic
Audrey Snyder — Penn State | The Athletic
David Jones — Penn State | The Harrisburg Patriot-News
Mike Carmin — Purdue | Lafayette Journal & Courier
Brian Neubert — Purdue | Rivals
Jerry Carino — Rutgers | Asbury Park Press
James Kratch — Rutgers |
Jim Polzin — Wisconsin | Wisconsin State Journal
Jeff Potrykus — Wisconsin | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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