Just a few days after the Wolverines were a swift breeze from a ball going in the basket for a win over Indiana, Michigan got rewarded with something other than a win. Michigan’s Trey Burke was named as the Big 10 Player of the Year by conference coaches and a media panel.
Burke is a sophomore who averages 19 points and nearly seven assists per game. He, along with Big 10 foe Victor Oladipo (who as named Defensive Player of the Year) , are also front-runners for winning the National Player of the Year Award(s). Whether or not this is a sign of who is going to win one of the many national awards is yet to be seen.
Rounding out the Big 10 awards given: Boy Ryan (Wisconsin Badgers) was named Coach of the Year, Gary Harris (Michigan State Spartans) was named Freshman of the Year, and the media’s All-Big 10 First Team is Burke, Oladipo, Cody Zeller (Indiana), Aaron Craft (Ohio State Buckeyes) and Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State).
The coaches group was nearly identical, with the exception of Tim Hardaway Jr. (Michigan) replacing Craft on the team.
Michigan will look to rebound after being beaten by Indiana on March 14, when the Wolverines play the Penn State Nittany Lions in their first game of the Big 10 Conference Tournament.
Nothing like following a loss by having a slew of players being given awards and then having to face off against the worst team in the conference. Talk about easing their way back into some winning ways.