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Nebrasketball picked No. 11 in Media Preseason Poll

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Jon Johnston

The Nebraska Cornhuskers roster has seen one of the best influxes of talent in program history this fall, at least in the modern recruiting era, but disappointing back to back 14th place finishes in the league standings the past two seasons seem to have media in a wait and see approach heading into year three of the Fred Hoiberg era. Nebraska was picked to finish No. 11 in the preseason media poll released earlier today.

The full league vote results are below. Michigan received the same number of points in ballots as Purdue, but received one more first place vote, giving the Wolverines the narrow edge over the Boilermakers. As a result, media picked the Wolverines as the favorite to win the program’s first regular season title under head coach Juwan Howard that wouldn’t host a fan added asterisk in the record books like last year’s team, which played the least number of games of any program in the league and failed to even advance to the conference tournament title game a week later.

Illinois, Ohio State, and Maryland were all picked in third through fifth place respectively after Michigan and Purdue. Nebraska finished far ahead of overwhelmingly picked last place Minnesota, and 24 points ahead of Penn State and Northwestern, who tied for 12th. However, Wisconsin and Iowa finished 44 and 45 points ahead of the Huskers in balloting. Nebraska fans know UNL could easily surprise media, however, and push for a surprise break into the top-8 of the league potentially.

Big Ten preseason media poll

  1. Michigan 373 (13)
  2. Purdue 373 (12)
  3. Illinois 320
  4. Ohio State 316
  5. Maryland 269
  6. Michigan State 262
  7. Indiana 219
  8. Rutgers 208
  9. Iowa 150
  10. Wisconsin 149
  11. Nebraska 105
  12. T - Northwestern 81
    T - Penn State 81
  13. Minnesota 34

As for players, Kofi Cockburn was the overwhelming favorite to win Player of the Year this season. Last year’s winner, Luka Garza, and second place finisher Ayo Dosunmu have both departed the league for the NBA. Reigning Freshman of the Year Hunter Dickinson finished tied for fourth place in the balloting.

Speaking of freshmen, Nebraska’s highest ever rated recruit in the modern era, Bryce McGowens earned a single vote on the ballot to win Freshman of the Year for the season, trailing Michigan’s Caleb Houstan and Michigan State’s Max Christie respectively.

Player of the year voting

  1. 1. Kofi Cockburn (11)
  2. 2. Jaden Ivey (5)
  3. 3. E.J. Liddell (4)
  4. T - Hunter Dickinson (3)
    T - Trayce Jackson-Davis (3)
  5. 6. Trevion Williams (2)

Freshman of the year voting

  1. Caleb Houstan (20)
  2. Max Christie (7)
  3. Bryce McGowens (1)

All-Big Ten voting

Kofi Cockburn (27)

E.J. Liddell (26)

Hunter Dickinson (25)

Jaden Ivey, Purdue (21)

Trayce Jackson-Davis (20)

Others receiving votes:

Trevion Williams, Purdue (10)

Eric Ayala, Maryland (4)

Andre Curbelo, Illinois (2), DeVante Jones, Michigan (2),

Geo Baker, Rutgers (1)

Ron Harper Jr., Rutgers (1)

Caleb Houstan, Michigan (1)​