The Best of the Best: 2014 All-Big Ten 1st Team

Two of the best in the biz, Kaminsky and Petteway, square off. - Eric Francis

Let's run down the best players from the best conference in the best way we know how: a little bit of hard-hitting analysis and a lot of jokes at Purdue's expense.

The 2013-2014 Big Ten regular season came to a close on Sunday with a barn-burning victory by Nebraska over Wisconsin. It was a fitting end to a wild regular season that saw upsets, buzzer beaters, and Purdue winning a few games. The Big Ten coaches and media announced their end of season awards Monday night and in a bit of a surprise they agreed with each other on all five selections. The unanimous choices, presented in alphabetical order so as not to show bias, are: Michigan State sophomore guard Gary Harris, Wisconsin junior center Frank Kaminsky, Iowa senior freak of nature Roy Devyn Marble, Nebraska sophomore forward Terran Petteway, and Michigan sophomore guard Nik "No Time For C's" Stauskas. Let's take a quick look at their season statistics and then delve a little bit deeper into why these five were chosen.

Gary Harris: 17.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.9 spg, 41.9 FG%, 35.4 3FG%

Frank Kaminsky: 13.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.7 bpg, 52.8 FG%, 40.3 3FG%

Roy Devyn Marble: 17 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.8 spg, 42.7 FG%, 37% 3FG%

Terran Petteway: 18 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.7 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.8 bpg, 43 FG%, 34.6 3FG%

Nik Stauskas: 17.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.4 apg, 0.6 spg, 48.9 FG%, 45.8 3FG%

The five players that comprise the team were selected from the top teams in the conference. Only Marble's team didn't finish in the top four of the B1G this season. There are three sophomores, one junior, and one senior on the team, but with at least two of the sophomores expected to go pro, the first team will look a lot different next season. Here is a quick look at the All-Big Ten second team: Indiana sophomore guard Yogi Ferrell, Michigan sophomore guard Caris LeVert, Michigan State senior forward Adreian Payne, Penn State junior guard D.J. Newbill were the four unanimous second team choices. The coaches and media disagreed on the fifth spot, with the coaches giving the nod to Wisconsin sophomore forward Sam Dekker, while the media selected Ohio State senior grit guard Aaron Craft. How do you think the media and coaches did with their selections? Any glaring omissions? Let us know your picks in the comments, but I can look up IP addresses, so I'll know if Dan Dakich is down there campaigning for Craft to be POTY.

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