Recently in Men's Basketball Category
The Big Ten led all conference with four players being named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Oscar Robertson Trophy Preseason Watch List
, presented annually to the national player of the year. Michigan's Mitch McGary, Michigan State's Gary Harris and Adreian Payne and Ohio State's Aaron Craft were all named to the preseason list, which was released on Tuesday afternoon.
McGary was named a first-team All-Big Ten preseason honoree in conjunction with Big Ten Basketball media day last week. He became a regular frontcourt starter during the 2013 NCAA Tournament, averaging a double-double during the Wolverines' run to the Final Four.
Harris was tabbed the preseason Big Ten Player of the Year and a first-team All-Big Ten selection. The sophomore guard was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year last season and also collected second-team and All-Freshman team honors in helping the Spartans reach the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in the last six seasons.
Payne claimed first-team All-Big Ten preseason honors after earning second-team All-Big Ten plaudits from the conference's coaches and media in 2012-13. He was among the Big Ten leaders in free-throw percentage (1st, .848), rebounding (3rd, 7.6 rpg) field-goal percentage (6th, .546) and blocked shots (7th, 1.3 bpg) last season.
Craft, who also picked up first-team All-Big Ten preseason honors, was named an All-Big Ten first team performer by the conference's media voters last season. He led Ohio State to the West Regional final, and enters the 2013-14 season as the Big Ten's career active leader in assists (530).
Michigan's Trey Burke won the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year award last season. He was selected in the first-round of the 2013 NBA Draft and is in the midst of his rookie season with the Utah Jazz.
Ohio State's Aaron Craft and Penn State's Tim Frazier were both named candidates for the 2013-14 Senior CLASS Award
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
Each of the 30 candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans. The award winners will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Final Four.
Craft and Frazier were also both named preseason All-Big Ten selections in conjunction with Thursday's Big Ten Basketball Media Day.
On a day when Michigan State was named the unanimous preseason favorite to capture the 2013-14 Big Ten Championship at Big Ten Basketball Media Day, the Spartans led a group of four conference teams ranked in the preseason Associated Press Top 25
. Michigan State was ranked No. 2 in the poll, followed by No. 7 Michigan, No. 11 Ohio State and No. 20 Wisconsin.
The Spartans return four starters from last year's team that advanced to the Sweet 16 and finished with a 27-9 record. Tom Izzo enters his 19th year at the helm. Harris and Payne were both named second-team All-Big Ten last season, as was senior guard Keith Appling. Harris also picked up Big Ten Freshman of the Year accolades from both the coaches and media.
Michigan welcomes back three starters from last year's team that advanced to the NCAA Championship game. John Beilein enters his seventh season with the Wolverines. Robinson III was a Big Ten All-Freshman Team selection by the coaches last season, and also collected All-Big Ten honorable mention plaudits from the media. Mitch McGary, a preseason All-Big Ten pick, became a regular starter during the NCAA Tournament, and averaged a double-double during the Wolverines' run to the Final Four.
Ohio State returns four starters from last year's team that advanced to the Elite Eight. The Buckeyes, who also won the Big Ten Tournament last season, are led by tenth-year head coach Thad Matta. Senior Aaron Craft was a first-team All-Big Ten selection by the media last season and is a preseason All-Big Ten selection.
Wisconsin enters the 13th year under the tutelage of head coach Bo Ryan, and returns the services of honorable mention All-Big Ten selection Ben Brust, and Sam Dekker, a member of the 2013 Big Ten All-Freshman Team. The Badgers advanced to the NCAA Tournament as an at-large selection last season.
Also receiving votes in the AP preseason top 25 were Indiana and Iowa.
The preseason watch list for the Cousy Award
, recognizing the top men's basketball point guard in the country, has been released. Indiana's Yogi Ferrell, Michigan State's Keith Appling, Ohio State's Aaron Craft and Penn State's Tim Frazier were all named to the preseason list.
Ferrell was named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten by the media contingent last season, and collected All-Freshman Team honors from the to the Big Ten's coaches. He started all 36 games and averaged a team-best 4.1 assists per game in helping lead the Hoosiers to their first outright Big Ten Championship since 1993.
Appling was one of three Michigan State players to collect second-team All-Big Ten honors from the media last season, pacing the Spartans in both scoring (13.4 ppg) and assists (3.4 apg). Michigan State, which enters the 2013-14 campaign ranked No. 2 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, advanced to the Sweet 16 last season for the 11th time under head coach Tom Izzo.
Craft averaged 10.0 points and 4.6 assists per game in leading the Buckeyes to the 2013 Big Ten Tournament Championship and a berth in the regional finals of the NCAA Tournament. He was named first-team All-Big Ten by the media, was tabbed the Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player and was a Cousy Award semifinalist.
Frazier was forced to sit out the 2012-13 campaign with a leg injury, but returns for his senior season after a standout 2011-12 campaign that earned him first-team All-Big Ten honors from the conference media. He ranked second in the Big Ten in scoring (19.6 ppg) that season, while leading the conference in both assists (5.6 apg) and steals (2.4 spg).
The 2013-14 USA Today Coaches' preseason poll
was released on Thursday, with five Big Ten teams ranked among the top 25, and three being placed in the top 10.
Michigan State is ranked No. 2 in the preseason poll, followed by No. 9 Michigan and No. 10 Ohio State. Wisconsin checked in at No. 21 while defending Big Ten Champion Indiana is ranked No. 24.
Michigan State, which returns four starters from a 2012-13 team that reached the NCAA Tournament "Sweet 16," will open the season on Nov. 8 against McNeese State. Highlighting the returnees for the Spartans include guards Keith Appling and Gary Harris and forward Adreian Payne, who all collected second-team All-Big Ten honors last season.
Michigan finished the 2012-13 campaign as the national runner-up after falling short against Louisville in the NCAA Championship game. Among the Wolverines' three returning starters include sophomores Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III. McGary averaged a double-double during the NCAA Tournament, while Robinson III collected Big Ten All-Freshman Team honors last season. Michigan will tip off its season against visiting UMass-Lowell on Nov. 8.
Ohio State reached the NCAA Tournament Regional Finals last season after capturing the Big Ten Tournament Championship. The Buckeyes will return four starters, including senior point guard Aaron Craft, who picked up first-team All-Big Ten honors from the media voters last season. Shannon Scott, a member of the 2013 Big Ten All-Defensive Team, also returns after seeing action in all 37 games during his sophomore season. The Buckeyes will host Morgan State in their season opener on Nov. 9.
Wisconsin made a run to the Big Ten Tournament Championship game last March and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 15th consecutive year. The Badgers are set to return two starters, including All-Big Ten Honorable Mention selection Ben Brust. Sam Dekker, a Big Ten All-Freshman Team honoree last season, also returns after averaging 9.5 points per game. The Badgers will open the 2013-14 season on Nov. 8 against St. John's at The Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Indiana, which won its first outright Big Ten title since 1993 last season, also garnered a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament on the way to an appearance in the "Sweet 16." This season, the Hoosiers will return Will Sheehey, the reigning Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year, along with All-Freshman Team selection Yogi Ferrell. Indiana will entertain Chicago State in its season opener on Nov. 8.
Also receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches' preseason poll were Iowa (86) and Illinois (2).
The 2013-14 men's college basketball season is just six weeks away, and several preseason honors have been released by various media outlets across the country.
Michigan's Mitch McGary, Michigan State's Gary Harris and Adreian Payne and Ohio State's Aaron Craft have all been recognized as preseason All-Americans by at least one outlet.
Blue Ribbon Yearbook revealed its preseason All-America Teams, with Payne collecting first-team plaudits, McGary being recognized as a second-team All-American, Craft receiving third-team honors and Harris claiming fourth-team All-America laurels.
McGary was named a first-team All-American by the Sporting News, while Harris collected second-team honors and Craft was recognized as a third-team All-American. McGary was also tabbed a first-team preseason All-American in the USA Today Sports 2013-14 College Basketball Preview Magazine.
Craft was named a first-team All-Big Ten performer by the conference's media voters last season, and led Ohio State to the West Regional final. Harris was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and also collected second-team and All-Freshman team honors in helping the Spartans reach the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in the last six seasons.
McGary burst onto the national scene during the NCAA Tournament, averaging 14.3 points and 10.7 rebounds per game during the Wolverines' run to the national championship game. Payne earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the conference's coaches and media in 2012-13, and ranked among the Big Ten leaders in free-throw percentage (1st, .848), rebounding (3rd, 7.6 rpg) field-goal percentage (6th, .546), and blocked shots (7th, 1.3 bpg).
The 2013 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic men's basketball field was announced by the NABC
on Tuesday, with Big Ten member Michigan State serving as one of the four regional round hosts.
The event will begin at campus sites on Saturday, Nov. 9 - the Spartans will open the event against visiting Columbia on Friday, Nov. 15. The ensuing championship rounds will be held from Nov. 22-23 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Michigan State will take on Virginia Tech in the back end of the semifinal doubleheader on Friday, Nov. 22, and face either Oklahoma or Seton Hall in the championship or consolation game on Saturday, Nov. 23.
The Coaches vs. Cancer Classic semifinals, championship and consolation games will be exclusively televised by truTV. For more information on the 2013 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, visit cvcclassic.com
or follow the event on Twitter @CVCClassic
ESPN's College GameDay will broadcast live from the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich., on Jan. 25, 2014, when Michigan State hosts rival Michigan. The show is set to enter its 10th season of day-long college basketball coverage on Saturdays from Jan.-March.
Both Michigan State and Michigan appeared in ESPN.com writer Jason King's preseason top 25 poll. The Spartans checked in at No. 3, while 2013 national runner-up Michigan is ranked No. 10. Rece Davis will serve as host for College GameDay, and will be joined by analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps and former Michigan point guard Jalen Rose. The first hour begins at 10 a.m. ET/9 a.m. CT on ESPNU, and continues at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT on ESPN with a one-hour evening edition leading into the Saturday primetime game of the week on ESPN.
Four Big Ten standouts, the most of any conference, were named to the 2013 USA Basketball World University Games roster, it was announced over the weekend. Indiana's Yogi Ferrell and Will Sheehey, Iowa's Aaron White and Michigan State's Adreian Payne were the four conference athletes named to the 12-man roster, which will include Michigan coach John Beilein as one of its assistants. The team departs for Russia on Monday before opening the tournament on Sunday, July 7.
Complete USA Basketball Release
Five former Big Ten standouts were selected in the 2013 NBA Draft on Thursday, including four first-round selections. Three former Big Ten standouts were selected among the first nine picks, the most of any conference, and it marked the first time three Big Ten players were selected in the top 10 since 1990.
Two Hoosiers were selected in the draft's top four, with Victor Oladipo picked second overall by Orlando, while Cody Zeller was picked fourth by Charlotte. Michigan's Trey Burke was picked ninth by Minnesota before his draft rights were dealt to Utah and teammate Tim Hardaway Jr. was the 24th pick by the New York Knicks. Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas was selected 58th by San Antonio to round out the drafted Big Ten contingent.