Gophers picked to finish 6th in Big Ten preseason media poll

Author:
Updated:
Original:

The Minnesota Gopher men's basketball team has been picked to finish sixth in the Big Ten in a media poll of the conference's beat writers.

The Big Ten's Media Day is Thursday in Chicago, at which time the conference will name its preseason awards.

The Star Tribune's Amelia Rayno says Minnesota was one of the hardest teams for the writers to figure out, off their NIT Championship season last year.

She notes the Gophers received votes at eight different spots in the poll – from as high as third all the way down to 11th.

The writers had trouble figuring out some of the other teams, too. Ohio State was picked second, but received fifth place votes on three ballots. Iowa was picked seventh, but received votes that stretched between fourth and 11th. The only consensus was the pick for No. 1 – the Wisconsin Badgers.

College Basketball Talk agrees they expect the Big Ten to be a crapshoot this season.

"which means that it's going to be a lot of fun to watch the season the season play out. Wisconsin may be the only team that looks like a Final Four contender right now, but the league will be plenty exciting."

For the first time, the Big Ten will have 14 teams in it. Maryland and Rutgers joined the league prior to the start of the year. Neither is really expected to contend – Maryland was picked 10th and Rutgers 14th.

But the same poll picked Nebraska to finish at the bottom of the conference last year, only to see South Dakota native Tim Miles lead the Huskers to the NCAA Tournament.

Here is the full preseason poll (first-place votes in parentheses, followed by total points):

  1. Wisconsin, (27) 378
  2. Ohio State, 322
  3. Michigan State, 305
  4. Nebraska, 299
  5. Michigan, 286
  6. Minnesota, 226
  7. Iowa, 214
  8. Illinois, 196
  9. Indiana, 163
  10. Maryland, 162
  11. Purdue, 95
  12. Penn State, 84
  13. Northwestern, 78
  14. Rutgers, 27

Next Up

Kyle Rudolph

Rudolph sends farewell to Vikings fans in Players Tribune piece

"Every season I played here, every game I played here — you all believed."

Megan Ryan

Star Tribune's Megan Ryan named new Twins beat reporter

Ryan replaces LaVelle E. Neal who is now in a columnist role.

minnetonka MME

Minnetonka in spotlight after teacher threatened for discussing Black trans woman

Parents and community members are calling on the district to do better and will hold a march prior to the school board meeting on Thursday.

Richard Pitino

Talk grows that this season will be Pitino's last at Gophers

A report says Pitino's tenure could be "down to his final games."

Screen Shot 2021-03-02 at 1.40.17 PM

Two gas trucks collide in Stearns County, neither explodes

The unlikely collision happened Monday afternoon.

unnamed (1)

MSP Airport expecting spring break to be busiest period since pandemic began

Passenger numbers will still be about a third lower than a year ago, though.

Target store

After bumper earnings, Target will accelerate new store openings

The retailer has revealed its plans for the next few years, which includes an investment in Minneapolis.

starbucks wayzata

100% plant-based restaurant coming to Wayzata this spring

The restaurant has plans to add additional locations in Minnesota this summer and franchise nationwide.

Patric Richardson

'Laundry Evangelist' from St. Paul gets his own Discovery+ show

Patric Richardson has built a career around the appreciation and care of clothing.

Related