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Michigan picked to finish 2nd in unofficial Big Ten media poll

Michigan was picked to finish 2nd in the Big Ten in an unofficial poll of conference media members.

The poll was conducted by Brendan Quinn of the Athletic and Adam Jardy of the Columbus Dispatch and included 27 writers who cover teams in the Big Ten. All votes, including my own (the only ballot that picked Indiana to win the league), can be found here.

Michigan was picked to win the league by 4 of 28 participants (Bill Landis, Alex Bozich, David Jones and Chad Leistikow) and was also picked as low as fourth by two participants (Brendan Quinn and Zach Osterman).

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The complete predicted order of finish is as follows (first place votes in parenthesis):

  1. Michigan State (21)
  2. Michigan (4)
  3. Indiana (1)
  4. Nebraska
  5. Purdue (1)
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Maryland
  8. Ohio State
  9. Minnesota
  10. Iowa
  11. Penn State
  12. Northwestern
  13. Illinois
  14. Rutgers

Purdue’s Carsen Edwards was tabbed as preseason Player of the Year while Indiana’s Romeo Langford was the consensus pick as preseason Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

Ethan Happ received 4 votes for Player of the Year and Michigan’s Charles Matthews also received one.

The preseason All-Big Ten team (number of votes in parenthesis) features Carsen Edwards (28), Ethan Happ (28), James Palmer Jr. (23), Cassius Winston (16) and Juwan Morgan (12).

Nick Ward (9), Jordan Murphy (7), Romeo Langford (6), Charles Matthews (6), Anthony Cowan (4), Zavier Simpson (1) and Isaiah Livers (1) also received votes for All-Big Ten consideration.

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  1. buckets12

    I’ll have whatever Teddy Greenstein’s having…Isaiah Livers first team all conference?

  2. buckets12

    I truly cannot believe an MSU team that will likely start Matt McQuaid, Kenny Goins and two enormous defensive liabilities is a consensus top-2 pick in the conference across the board.

    I get that the majority have them as the favorite…but I’m shocked not one person thinks a handful of Michigan, Nebraska, Indiana, Purdue will be better

  3. umhoops

    How about Nebraska at 11?

  4. JJ3

    What separates M from Nebraska and Wisconsin is John Beilein. Huge advantage. If Bo Ryan were still coach of Wisconsin I’d feel differently.

  5. nswan

    I am still having a hard time understanding your rationale for IU > Michigan (I know, showing my true homerism):
    a) Michigan returns more core components to a better defense than IU does
    b) While folks can argue that Miller is a great coach and is certainly trending in the correct direction, I am not sure how Michigan having Beilien (especially with Yaklich) is not considered to be the superior coaching staff
    c) IU certainly has one of the best scoring freshman in Langford and that will certainly elevate them. Iggy is going to be a shot of instant offense as well for Michigan. Langford, by all accounts, is certainly superior but is the margin between the two that great? Does that margin make of the difference for the other weapons that Michigan has with Poole and Matthews?

    I feel pretty strongly that Michigan minus Iggy is far superior on offense to IU minus Langford, and cant see how the delta between Iggy and Langford would warrant taking IU over Michigan with consideration to points a) and b) above.

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