Indiana named Big Ten preseason favorites; Zeller preseason conference player of the year.

Lots more to come from Big Ten Media Day, but just so the basics are out, Indiana was named the Big Ten’s preseason favorite and sophomore center Cody Zeller was named preseason Player of the Year.

PARK RIDGE, Ill. – Already named the preseason No. 1 team in the nation by several publications, Indiana has been chosen as the Big Ten favorite heading into the 2012-13 season as voted on by a panel of conference media. The media also tabbed Hoosier sophomore Cody Zeller as the Preseason Player of the Year. Michigan and Ohio State, two of the three teams that shared the 2011-12 Big Ten title, were selected to finish second and third, respectively, in the conference.

Zeller was a unanimous pick to the Preseason All-Big Ten Team and was joined on the squad by the Wolverines’ Trey Burke, the Buckeyes’ Aaron Craft and Deshaun Thomas and Penn State’s Tim Frazier.

Indiana returns all five starters and 11 total letterwinners from last year’s team that advanced to the Sweet 16 and finished with a 27-9 overall record. The Hoosiers are led by fifth-year head coach Tom Crean. Zeller was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year by the conference coaches last year and was a second-team All-Big Ten honoree by the coaches and media last season.

Michigan welcomes back three starters from last year’s NCAA Tournament squad that won a share of the Big Ten title. Head Coach John Beilein enters his sixth year with the program and returns a pair of All-Big Ten selections in Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. Burke was the media’s selection for Big Ten Freshman of the Year last season.

Ohio State returns three starters from last year’s Final Four squad. The Buckeyes won a share of last year’s Big Ten title and are led by ninth-year head coach Thad Matta. Craft and Thomas both earned All-Big Ten recognition a season ago, while Craft was the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year.

The complete 2012 Preseason All-Big Ten Team and preseason poll can be found below.

1. Indiana
2. Michigan
3. Ohio State

Cody Zeller, Indiana
Trey Burke, Michigan
Aaron Craft, Ohio StateB
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State
Tim Frazier, Penn State


  1. I’ll apologize ahead of time, but I’m gonna’ start this commentary off the subject, but I just gotta’ know: to whomever may live in Bloomington, what in the what has happened to my alma matta BHSS football program? I see that the coach resigned today, with a 4-26 record over the past 3 seasons??? How could this happen to 1 of the best programs in the state? Please someone, tell me what I’ve missed.

  2. All I know Chris is that Martinsville beat them this yr.

    I remember from my HS days MHS getting beat 75-3 or something bout every yr. May have been only 1 Bloomington high school back then when gas was .35 gallon.

  3. Update here to note that Indiana is the Big Ten preseason favorite for the first time since 1994-95, and Zeller is the first preseason player of the year since the conference began naming one in 1993-94.

  4. “…and Zeller is the first preseason player of the year since the conference began naming one in 1993-94.” What does this mean? If the conference began naming one in 1993-1994, how can Zeller be the first [one]?

  5. OK, thanks. Do you know what years the Hoosiers were named team pre-season favorites by chance? I haven’t been able to come up with that info.

  6. If Eric Gordon would have returned for a sophomore season, it’s likely he would have earned the top Big 10 preseason player honor(and possibly the national honor).

    Kid has been plagued by injuries…otherwise he’d be tearing up the NBA. Using the logic of someone that said Elston’s injury was bad karma, I guess Eric deserves some pain and roadblocks to fame for choosing to play for Sampson.

    Did I read that Nate Robinson is now on the Bull’s roster? This is extremely troubling news.

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