Big 10 Awards and Analysis

Bare KnucksAnalyst IMarch 12, 2009

It’s about that time to start wrapping up each conference in the NCAA Men’s Basketball regular season as the conference tournaments have begun and the Madness nears.

The Big Ten is surprisingly competitive this year. Teams such as Northwestern, Penn State and Minnesota climbed out of the garbage bin and really became competitors.  As for Indiana… that’s another story.  The Hoosiers mustered up a single conference win all season.  Let’s just say they are in the midst of the ‘rebuilding’ phase.

The Big Ten conference awards were just handed out; let’s take a look at what we’ve got.  These are the results from the Coaches Balloting.

First Team

Second Team

Third Team

Manny Harris – Michigan

Mike Davis – Illinois

Demetri McCamey - Illinois

Kalin Lucas – Michigan St.

Goran Suton – Michigan St.

DeShawn Sims - Michigan

Evan Turner – Ohio State

Kevin Coble – Northwestern

Craig Moore - Northwestern

Talor Battle – Penn State

E’Twaun Moore – Purdue

Jamelle Cornley – Penn St.

JaJuan Johnson – Purdue

Marcus Landry – Wisconsin

Robbie Hummel – Purdue

Analysis:  There’s always going to be controversy here.  It looks like the coaches did an alright job. I wouldn’t argue against the First Team selections. If healthy, Robbie Hummel should’ve been 1st/2nd team. I would certainly replace Craig Moore with Lawrence Westbrook from Minnesota…a little surprising Westbrook didn’t make the all-conference team. For the most part, I can’t argue.

Player of the Year
Kalin Lucas – Michigan St.

Analysis: Surprising this award didn’t go to OSU do-it-all sophomore G/F Evan Turner.  It seems as if the voters were infatuated with the first place Spartans.  Turner was the front runner for the Big Ten Player of the Year, leading the Buckeyes in points (16.8), rebounds (6.9), assists (3.9) and steals (1.7). Turner is only a sophomore, but conducts his team like a grizzled veteran. 

Evan Turner is what makes the OSU offense click. His understanding for the game is unmatched. MSU guard and recipient of the POTY award, Kalin Lucas, averaged 14.8 pts, 4.6 asts and 2.2 rebounds. Not bad numbers, but I think the award going to Lucas was a result of MSU’s success. 

Most Big Ten followers will agree when I say I really felt the kid from St. Joes HS in Chicago, Evan Turner, deserved this award.  Turner is the motor that drives OSU, if you take him off the court, the Buckeyes are in shambles.  MSU has other playmakers and Korie Lucious is a nice substitute for Lucas. 

I would’ve preferred to see PSU’s Talor Battle here instead of Lucas.  Battle led the conference in scoring and helped put Penn St. on the map.

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