Michigan was picked to finish 5th in the Big Ten in an unofficial poll of conference media members.
The poll was conducted by Brendan Quinn and Adam Jardy and included 28 writers who cover teams in the Big Ten. All votes, including my own, can be found here.
Michigan was picked as high as 4th by two writers and as low as 11th by David Jones of The Harrisburg Patriot-News. A full writer-by-writer breakdown of the polling results can be found here.
The complete predicted order of finish is as follows (votes in parenthesis):
- Michigan State (391, 27)
- Maryland (349, 1)
- Ohio State (336)
- Purdue (311)
- Michigan (255)
- Wisconsin (241)
- Illinois (239)
- Iowa (174)
- Penn State (164)
- Indiana (155)
- Minnesota (127)
- Rutgers (95)
- Nebraska (69)
- Northwestern (34)
Michigan State’s Cassius Winston was a unanimous pick for All-Big Ten First Team but Maryland’s Jalen Smith stole one preseason vote for Player of the Year.
The All-Big Ten team also includes Lamar Stenves (26 votes), Ayo Dosunmu (18), Anthony Cowan (16) and Kaleb Wesson (14).
Zavier Simpson (13 votes), Jalen Smith (12), Joe Wieskamp (5), Xavier Tillman (2) and Nojel Eastern (2) all received multiple votes with Giorgi Bezhanishvili, Matt Haarms, Geo Baker and Aaron Henry receiving one vote apiece.
Ohio State point guard DJ Carton was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, grabbing 15 of 28 votes. EJ Liddell (4), Trayce Jackson-Davis (3), Franz Wagner (3), Kofi Cockburn (1), Jerome Hunter (1) and Rocket Watts (1) also received Freshman of the Year votes. Graham Couch, Jeremy Werner and Jim Polzin were the three writers to vote for Franz Wagner as Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
Here’s a list of all writers who participated in the 2019-20 poll:
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
Don Markus — Maryland | Baltimore Sun
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
Christopher Heady — 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
Dustin Dopirak — Purdue | The Athletic
Brian Neubert — Purdue | Rivals
Jerry Carino — Rutgers | Asbury Park Press
Joshua Newman — Rutgers |Asbury Park Press
Jim Polzin — Wisconsin | Wisconsin State Journal
Jeff Potrykus — Wisconsin | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel