Nebraska has been picked to finish last in an unofficial preseason Big Ten men’s basketball poll.
That’s not a surprise. What is a surprise is that the pick wasn’t unanimous.
One person picked Nebraska to finish 11th in the Big Ten, one spot ahead of Illinois. Both teams have first-year head coaches.
This poll of 24 conference beat writers (two covering each team) was conducted by Bob Baptist of the Columbus Dispatch. The Big Ten’s only official media poll ranks only the top three teams; that poll will be released at Thursday’s conference media day in Chicago.
My guess is that poll will look much like the writers’ top three teams. Here’s that complete poll, with first-place votes in parentheses:
1. Indiana (21)
2. Michigan (3)
3. Ohio State
4. Michigan State
11. Penn State
Purdue was among the toughest teams to predict. Writers selected the Boilermakers anywhere from fifth to 11th. Minnesota was picked from fifth to 10th, and Illinois was picked from seventh to 12th.
Tim Miles and Brandon Ubel will represent Nebraska at Thursday’s media day, which lasts from 8 a.m. to noon. Connie Yori and Lindsey Moore will attend for the NU women.