Okay I'm not completely surprised in any way by the All Big Ten basketball winners announced on Monday. With split awards between media and coaches, different winners can enjoy post season honors. For those media who did not vote for Tom Izzo as Big Ten coach of the year, fine, except I'd be curious to know what he would have had to do to earn their vote. The coaches to me have a better handle on all of this and Izzo was properly voted his honor. He won the league by four games with a team picked to finish second behind Purdue.
Kalin Lucas was no surprise as Big Ten player of the year and I think it was a good year for him to win it, as a sophomore. In other years, with more proven players in the league he might have been overshadowed. He had many good games, but he had some clinkers too, but then so did everyone else in the Big Ten. Freshmen and sophnomores seem to dominate many teams any more and that again made it possible for Lucas to stand out. The fact that he played on the Big Ten's title winning team was a key factor as well.
How many of these Big Ten players will go on to meaningful careers in the NBA? I don't know you tell me. Who will be the first Big Ten player chosen in the June NBA draft and will any be chosen at all? There are 60 selections over two rounds. I don't know completely who is available yet. What underclassmen, if any, will declare early. All questions to be answered.
As for Selection Sunday I think the biggest factor is where teams go as much, if not more, than their seeds. Michigan State most likely will be a two seed and that's fine, providing they open in Dayton. They may also hit Phoenix for the second round instead of Indianapolis and that could make their trek a bit tougher to Ford Field. A lot of basketball left to determine in this season.