The Big Ten announced Thursday that media members who cover the league have voted Michigan State as the preseason favorite and MSU point guard Kalin Lucas as the Player of the Year. My ballot would've featured Michigan State as the favorite and Ohio State freshman Jared Sullinger as the Player of the Year. But Lucas -- a veteran from a team that's made two straight Final Fours -- is certainly the more conventional pick for Player of the Year. So the announcement doesn't really come as a surprise.
Worth noting: Ohio State was picked second, Purdue third.
So the Big Ten media only dropped the Boilermakers one spot because of Robbie Hummel's injury.
Again, it's not what I'd do.
But it's certainly a reasonable way to vote.