I’m sure Sparty fans don’t feel the same way, but I’m getting a wee bit tired of Michigan State getting so many preseason accolades year after year. At today’s Big Ten Media Day, Michigan State was named unanimous preseason fave, and Gary Harris was named preseason Player of the Year.
In the last five years, MSU has at least shared the Big Ten title twice, and in 2009 had the title all to themselves. In 2013 and 2011, OSU and Indy, respectively, were the sole owners of the Big Ten Crown.
Big surprise here, Michigan and Ohio State were selected to finish second and third, respectively.
Harris led a six-member preseason All-Big Ten team, as the media vote resulted in additional honorees due to a tie. He was joined by the Wolverines’ Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III, Michigan State’s Adreian Payne, the Buckeyes’ Aaron Craft and Penn State’s Tim Frazier (one of those guys that is going to be in the league forever it seems).
Tom Izzo is entering his 19th year as the MSU coach, and clearly he is doing something right. Harris and Payne were both named second-team All-Big Ten last season, and Harris was also named Big Ten Freshman of the Year by both the coaches and media.
Michigan welcomes back three starters from last year’s team that advanced to the NCAA Championship game. Robinson III was a Big Ten All-Freshman Team selection by the coaches last season, while McGary became a regular starter during the NCAA Tournament, and averaged a double-double during that experience.
Ohio State returns four starters from last year’s team that advanced to the Elite Eight. The Buckeyes, who also won the Big Ten Tournament last season, are led by tenth-year head coach Thad Matta. Craft was a first-team All-Big Ten selection by the media last season and was also a member of the Big Ten All-Defensive Team.