ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Indiana’s Big Ten championship men’s basketball team placed two players on the conference’s first team, but the Hoosiers were passed up for player and coach of the year honors.
League awards were announced Monday night.
Sophomore forward Cody Zeller and junior guard Victor Oladipo were named to the first team by both media members and the league’s coaches.
Oladipo, considered a strong candidate for national player of the year honors, was selected as defensive player of the year by the coaches.
Michigan point guard Trey Burke was named Big Ten player of the year by both a media panel and league coaches.
The Hoosiers rallied to edge the host Wolverines 72-71 on Sunday to win the outright conference title.
The media’s All-Big Ten first team is Burke, Oladipo, Zeller, and Aaron Craft and Deshaun Thomas of Ohio State. The coaches went with almost the same exact group, except Michigan’s Tim Hardaway Jr. replaced Craft.
Both the media and the coaches named Gary Harris of Michigan State freshman of the year and Bo Ryan of Wisconsin coach of the year.
Zeller was considered a national player of the year candidate before the 2012-13 season. He has led the Hoosiers to a 26-5 overall mark and 14-4 Big Ten record heading into this week’s conference tournament.
The Hoosiers are the top seed and will play against either Illinois or Minnesota at noon Friday.
In Big Ten games, Zeller averaged 17.1 points (third in the league) and 8.2 rebounds (second) while shooting 53.6 percent from the field (fifth).
Oladipo averaged 13.9 points (12th), 6.7 rebounds (eighth) and 2.0 steals (tied for second) while shooting 57.2 percent from the floor, tops in the Big Ten.
Indiana’s Christian Watford and Purdue’s Terone Johnson were named to the all-Big Ten third team.
The Hoosiers’ Yogi Ferrell and the Boilermakers’ A.J. Hammons were named to the all-freshman team.
Indiana’s Will Sheehey was voted sixth man of the year.
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