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Here it is, your Preseason All-Big Ten Basketball Squad: Writers’ Picks

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Tiebreakers decided who made first team: Who among Illinois, Penn State, and Indiana will be mad?

NCAA Basketball: Maryland at Michigan State Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Nine OTE writers voted, then we flipped coins and considered what would make Purdue fans most angry.

So here it is! Your All-Big Ten basketball squad:

First Team All-OTE

G Cassius WinstonMichigan State Spartans

9 First-Team Votes (FTV) | 27 pts

G Anthony Cowan Jr.Maryland Terrapins

7 FTV | 2 STV | 25 pts

G Nojel EasternPurdue Boilermakers

5 FTV | 4 STV | 23 pts

G Lamar StevensPenn State Nittany Lions

4 FTV | 4 STV | 1 TTV | 21 pts (won tiebreaker on total FTV)

F Kaleb WessonOhio State Buckeyes

8 FTV | 1 STV | 26 pts

Poll

Least-deserving first-teamer?

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    Winston (MSU)
    (6 votes)
  • 6%
    Cowan (MD)
    (11 votes)
  • 37%
    Eastern (Purdue)
    (66 votes)
  • 18%
    Wesson (OSU)
    (32 votes)
  • 11%
    Stevens (PSU)
    (21 votes)
  • 23%
    Looks look to me
    (41 votes)
177 votes total Vote Now

Second Team All-OTE

G Ayo DosunmuIllinois Fighting Illini

3 FTV | 6 STV | 21 pts (lost tiebreaker on total FTV)

G Zavier SimpsonMichigan Wolverines

1 FTV | 6 STV | 2 TTV | 17 pts

F Jalen Smith — Maryland

2 FTV | 3 STV | 4 TTV | 16 pts

F Xavier Tillman — Michigan State

1 FTV | 4 STV | 4 TTV | 15 pts

F De’Ron Davis — Indiana Hoosiers

3 FTV | 6 STV | 21 pts (lost tiebreaker on total FTV)

Poll

Who should’ve made the first team?

This poll is closed

  • 26%
    Dosunmu (ILL)
    (43 votes)
  • 13%
    Simpson (MI)
    (22 votes)
  • 15%
    Smith (MD)
    (26 votes)
  • 12%
    Tillman (MSU)
    (20 votes)
  • 9%
    Davis (IU)
    (16 votes)
  • 3%
    Other (comments!)
    (6 votes)
  • 18%
    Looks fine to me.
    (30 votes)
163 votes total Vote Now

Third Team All-OTE

G Josh Langford — Michigan State

2 STV | 7 TTV | 11 pts

G Brad Davisonwisconsin badgers

1 STV | 3 TTV | 5 pts

G Joe WieskampIowa Hawkeyes

2 STV | 6 TTV | 10 pts

C Matt Haarms — Purdue

5 STV | 4 TTV | 14 pts

C Jon Teske — Michigan

1 STV | 5 TTV | 7 pts

Also Receiving Pity Votes

*Listed alphabetically

G Jordan Bohannon (Iowa), C Luka Garza (Iowa), C Daniel Oturu (Minnesota Golden Gophers), G Rob Phinisee (Indiana), C Micah Potter (wisconsin), F Nate Reuvers (wisconsin)

Player of the Year

G Cassius Winston, Michigan State

It’s worth noting, controversially, that this is NOT a unanimous decision, as Aaron Yorke opted not to cast a ballot in this hotly-contested race.

Hey, even Stalin only won with 99% of the vote.

Coach of the Year

Chris Holtmann — Ohio State (4FPV)

Also Receiving Pity Votes: Tom Izzo (2), Mark Turgeon (1), Tim Miles (1)

Explained by beezer07: Who’s the coach at OSU? Going with that guy, because the team was bad enough last year that a non-1st finish could win the award but not SO bad that there’s no realistic shot of OSU finishing top 3. Plus they obvs tanked Micah Potter’s waiver eligibility for a competitive advantage, which you’ve gotta respect. [MC ClapYoHandz note: “They actually wrote letters of support for his waiver which was crazy classy, and also apparently didn’t matter to the NCAA.”]

2nd choice to Tim Miles for the work he’s about to do as an announcer.

Poll

Coach of the year?

This poll is closed

  • 8%
    Holtmann
    (12 votes)
  • 11%
    Izzo
    (17 votes)
  • 10%
    Turgeon
    (16 votes)
  • 28%
    Painter
    (43 votes)
  • 40%
    Other
    (61 votes)
149 votes total Vote Now

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