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Unofficial Big Ten Media Poll: Purdue picked to repeat as conference champion

The Boilermakers and Spartans stand alone atop the poll.e Boilerm

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After winning the league by three games in 2022-23, Purdue men’s basketball was picked to repeat as Big Ten champions in the Athletic’s unofficial media poll ahead of the season.

The unofficial media poll is a yearly exercise from writers around the Big Ten from outlets such as local newspapers, On3 and more. Two writers from each program are represented. The only other team with first place votes was Michigan State, projected to finish second. The Boilermakers earned 24 votes to the Spartans’ four.

The order was as follows:

  1. Purdue (24)
  2. Michigan State (4)
  3. Maryland
  4. Illinois
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Indiana
  7. Ohio State
  8. Northwestern
  9. Iowa
  10. Rutgers
  11. Michigan
  12. Nebraska
  13. Penn State
  14. Minnesota

The voting also included All-Big Ten First and Second Teams, many of whom were honored with selection last season:

Preseason All-Big Ten First Team

  • Zach Edey, Purdue*
  • Jahmir Young, Maryland
  • Terrence Shannon Jr, Illinois
  • Tyson Walker, Michigan State
  • Boo Buie, Northwestern

*unanimous selection

Preseason All-Big Ten Second Team

  • Clifford Omoruyi, Rutgers
  • AJ Hoggard, Michigan State
  • Ace Baldwin Jr, Penn State
  • Keisei Tominaga, Nebraska
  • Coleman Hawkins, Illinois

Other categories voted on by the media included player of the year, freshman of the year and transfer of the year.

Player of the Year: Zach Edey, Purdue

Receiving votes: Tyson Walker, Michigan State (1)


Freshman of the Year: Mackenzie Mgbako, Indiana

Receiving votes: DeShawn Harris-Smith, Maryland (5); Xavier Booker, Michigan State (2); Myles Colvin, Purdue, and Scotty Middleton, Ohio State (1)

Transfer of the Year: Ace Baldwin, Penn State

Receiving votes: Olivier Nkamhoua, Michigan (6); Jamison Battle, Ohio State (4); Kel’el Ware, Indiana, and AJ Storr, Wisconsin (2)