Michigan, Purdue picked to battle for Big Ten men's basketball championship
Sophomore Jaden Ivey named first-team All-Big Ten in preseason poll
WEST LAFAYETTE – The two Big Ten men’s basketball teams considered the favorites for the championship to start the season nearly tied atop the standings in preseason voting.
The difference - one first-place vote.
In a poll of writers who cover the Big Ten, Purdue and Michigan finished in a dead heat with 373 points but the Wolverines earned one more first-place vote than the Boilermakers for the No. 1 spot. Michigan and Purdue were followed by Illinois and Ohio State.
The preseason poll was put together by Adam Jardy from the Columbus Dispatch and Brendan Quinn from The Athletic. Two writers who cover each of the 14 conference teams voted in the poll, which also includes preseason player and freshman of the year and an All-Big Ten first team.
Michigan earned 13 first-place votes from the media and Purdue had 12. Illinois received the other three first-place votes.
Preseason Player of the Year: Kofi Cockburn, Illinois received 11 votes. Purdue’s Jaden Ivey (5) and Trevion Williams (2) made the list of candidates.
All-Big First Team: Ivey had 21 votes, the fourth highest. Cockburn (27), Ohio State’s E.J. Liddell (26), Michigan’s Hunter Dickinson (25) and Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis (20) round out the top five. Williams received the sixth-most votes with 10.
Freshman of the Year: Caleb Houstan, Michigan (20), Max Christie, Michigan State (7), Bryce McGowens, Nebraska (1).
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Order of finish: 1. Michigan (13) 373; 2. Purdue (12) 373; 3. Illinois (3) 320; 4. Ohio State 316; 5. Maryland 269; 6. Michigan State 262; 7. Indiana, 219; 8. Rutgers 208; 9. Iowa 150; 10. Wisconsin 149; 11. Nebraska 105; T-12. Northwestern 81; T-12. Penn State 81; 14. Minnesota, 34.
Tip times and television plans have been announced for the 2021-22 season:
4: University of Indianapolis, 7 p.m. (exhibition, BTN+); 9: Bellarmine, 7 p.m. (BTN+); 12: Indiana State, TBA (BTN); 16: Wright State, 7 p.m. (BTN); #20: vs. North Carolina, 4 p.m. (ESPNEWS); #21: vs. Tennessee or Villanova, 1 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (ABC or ESPN); 26; Omaha, 2 p.m. (BTN+); 30: Florida State, TBA (ESPN or ESPN2).
3: Iowa, 9 p.m. (BTN); 9: at Rutgers, 7 p.m. (BTN); *12: vs. North Carolina State, 2 p.m. (TBA); 18: vs. Butler, noon (FOX); 20: Incarnate Word, 7 p.m. (BTN); 29: Nicholls, TBA (BTN).
3: Wisconsin, 7 p.m. (BTN); 8: at Penn State, noon (BTN); 11: at Michigan, 9 p.m. (ESPN or ESPN2); 14: Nebraska, 6:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1); 17: at Illinois, noon (FOX); 20: at Indiana, 7 p.m. (Fox Sports 1); 23: Northwestern, 1 p.m. (BTN); 27: at Iowa, 9 p.m. (Fox Sports 1); 30: Ohio State, noon (CBS).
2: at Minnesota, 7 p.m. (BTN); 5: Michigan, 2:30 p.m. (FOX); 10: Illinois, 9 p.m. (ESPN or ESPN2); 13: Maryland, 1 p.m. (CBS); 16: at Northwestern, 9 p.m. (BTN); 20: Rutgers, 5:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1); 26: at Michigan State, TBA (ESPN or ESPN2).
1: at Wisconson, 9 p.m. (ESPN or ESPN2); 5: Indiana, TBA (ESPN or ESPN2). 9-13: Big Ten Conference Tournament, Indianapolis.
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*Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational, Brooklyn
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