Some thoughts on the Big Ten awards announced this evening:
1. Do you think some decided on Tom Izzo for coach of the year before William Buford hit that shot yesterday?
Before the last week of the season, Izzo was a lock for coach of the year. Needing just one win to lock up an undisputed title, however, the Spartans dropped games to Indiana and Ohio State.
The mythical Daily Big Ten selection would have gone to John Beilein, followed by Tom Crean then Tom Izzo.
2. Aaron Craft over Draymond Green for defensive player of the year?
Looks like voters took a peek at the steals leaders and mailed off the ballot. Done and done. But a better defender than Green, who 28 steals, 12 blocks and 159 defensive rebounds in Big Ten games? Really?
Is Craft even the best defender on Ohio State?
As the Big Ten Geeks asked on Twitter, “Moreover, if Craft is so fantastic on D, why is it Buford that most often draws the other team’s top player?”
3. If you had to win a game, would you rather start Trey Burke and Cody Zeller or Tim Frazier and John Shurna?
The co-Big Ten freshmen of the year belonged on the first team. They are better players than Frazier and Shurna, who put up big scoring stats on inferior teams.
All of that said, we’re just picking around the edges. The picks are harder in the Big Ten this year because the league is so good and so deep.
- Big Ten Poll Watch: Week 18 (dailybigten.com)