For a second straight year, the Nebraska men’s basketball team was picked to finish last in the Big Ten Conference, according to an unofficial poll of 24 conference beat writers.

Nebraska received 12 votes for last place but was picked as high as eighth by one voter, received two votes for ninth, five for 10th and four for 11th.

Michigan State was a unanimous pick to win the Big Ten. The Spartans were followed by Michigan, which received 13 votes for second place but was voted as low as sixth by one voter, and Ohio State.

Iowa and Purdue had the biggest voter discrepancy. The Hawkeyes, picked fifth in the poll, were voted anywhere from second to eighth, and the Boilermakers, picked seventh, were from fourth to 10th.

The Big Ten has an official poll, which will be released at Big Ten Media Day on Thursday morning, but only releases the top three teams. The unofficial poll is annually organized by The Columbus Dispatch.

Sophomore wing Shavon Shields will join coach Tim Miles to represent Nebraska at Media Day.

The preseason poll:

1. Michigan State

2. Michigan

3. Ohio State

4. Wisconsin

5. Iowa

6. Indiana

7. Purdue

8. Illinois

9. Minnesota

10. Northwestern

11. Penn State

12. Nebraska

Reach Brian Rosenthal at brosenthal@journalstar.com.