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Wisconsin men’s basketball: UW ranked third in the official unofficial Big Ten preseason media poll

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Compiled by Brendan Quinn of The Athletic and Adam Jardy of the Columbus Dispatch, this is the fourth year that various media members have voted on B1G awards.

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NCAA Basketball: Wisconsin at Indiana Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The college basketball season is now a week away and we are getting a bunch of preseason content prepared for you here at B5Q. Elsewhere on the internet, Brendan Quinn of The Athletic and Adam Jardy of the Columbus Dispatch have gotten together a slew of Big Ten media types for the fourth straight year to vote in the official unofficial Big Ten media poll.

First things first: they selected the Wisconsin Badgers as the No. 3 team in the conference and have Nate Reuvers on their first-team all-conference. There, now you don’t even have to read the rest of this post if you don’t want to!

Here is the full result of their voting:

1. Illinois 376 (16)
2. Iowa 350 (6)
3. Wisconsin 347 (6)
4. Michigan State 323
5. Rutgers 249
6. Michigan 241
7. Ohio State 229
8. Indiana 212
9. Purdue 179
10. Maryland 141
11. Minnesota 121
12. Penn State 72
13. Nebraska 54
14. Northwestern 47

Predictably, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin are all clustered at the top with Michigan State not too far behind at No. 4. The Badgers even got six first place votes! Then in the second tier of teams you find Rutgers, Michigan, Ohio State and Indiana. Penn State, Nebraska and Northwestern bring up the rear in a, uh, substantial way. It’ll be fun and in no way terrifying to play those awful teams this year.

The player of the year race was pretty cut and dry: Luka Garza of Iowa received 24 votes and Ayo Dosunmu of Illinois received the other four.

NCAA Basketball: Iowa at Illinois Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

The freshman of the year race was far more hotly contested as 5-star PG Khristian Lander and high 4-star SG Adam Miller are going to be dueling for this award all year.

Adam Miller, Illinois (12)
Khristian Lander, Indiana (10)
Hunter Dickinson, Michigan (4)
Zeb Jackson, Michigan (1)
Ethan Morton, Purdue (1)

Both of these players should, if not start, contribute heavily right away for their teams. Lander is a table-setting floor general who reclassified from the 2021 class and will instantly make the Hoosiers a more formidable team and Miller is a long-range bomber that will benefit from Dosunmu’s drive and kick ability as well as the attention C Kofi Cockburn commands down low.

There are six players on the all-conference first-team as Cockburn, Reuvers and Franz Wagner all tied with 11 votes.

Luka Garza*, Iowa (28)
Ayo Dosunmu*, Illinois (28)
Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana (24)
Kofi Cockburn, Illinois (11)
Nate Reuvers, Wisconsin (11)
Franz Wagner, Michigan (11)

*unanimous

Also receiving votes: Marcus Carr, Minnesota (7); Aaron Henry, Michigan State (7); Geo Baker, Rutgers (6); Joey Hauser, Michigan State (2); Joshua Langford, Michigan State (1); Micah Potter, Wisconsin (1); D’Mitrik Trice, Wisconsin (1); Rocket Watts, Michigan State (1); Joe Wieskamp, Iowa (1)

If there are any voters you want to yell at, here are all of their Twitter accounts which were handily listed at the end of The Athletic post and here is how everyone voted. Both Polzin (first!) and Jaypo (second) had Wisconsin picked higher than the rest of the group.

Scott Richey — Illinois | Champaign News-Gazette
Jeremy Werner — Illinois | 247Sports
Alex Bozich — Indiana | Inside the Hall
Zach Osterman — Indiana | Indianapolis Star
Mark Emmert — Iowa | Des Moines Register
Chad Leistikow — Iowa | Des Moines Register
Andy Kostka — Maryland | Washington Times
Emily Giambalvo — Maryland | The Washington Post
Dylan Burkhardt — Michigan | UMHoops
Brendan Quinn — Michigan | The Athletic
Matt Charboneau — Michigan State | The Detroit News
Graham Couch — Michigan State | Lansing State Journal
Marcus Fuller — Minnesota | Star Tribune
Ryan James — Minnesota | 247Sports
Chris Basnett — Nebraska | Lincoln Journal Star
Christopher Heady — Nebraska | Omaha World-Herald
Teddy Greenstein — Northwestern | Points Bet USA
Shannon Ryan — Illinois/Northwestern | Chicago Tribune
Adam Jardy — Ohio State | The Columbus Dispatch
Bill Landis — Ohio State | The Athletic
Audrey Snyder — Penn State | The Athletic
David Jones — Penn State | Harrisburg Patriot-News
Mike Carmin — Purdue | Lafayette Journal & Courier
Brian Neubert — Purdue | Rivals
Jerry Carino — Rutgers | Asbury Park Press
James Kratch — Rutgers | NJ.com
Jim Polzin — Wisconsin | Wisconsin State Journal
Jeff Potrykus — Wisconsin | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel