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Men's Basketball
Projection: 2011 Big Ten Awards
By Brandon Castel

With their 93-65 win over Wisconsin Sunday, Ohio State put the finishing touches on an incredible 2010-11 regular season.

Despite losing National Player of the Year Evan Turner, the Buckeyes set a new school record with 29 regular season wins compared to just two losses.

All eyes now turn to March Madness as the Buckeyes look to defend their Big Ten Tournament title this coming weekend, but the Big Ten will wrap up the regular season with the post-season awards tonight.

Turner is also the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year, but will he pass the torch to fellow Buckeye Jared Sullinger or will JaJuan Johnson swat the award back to West Lafayette? We take a look at our picks for the 2011 Big Ten Awards.

(Editor’s Note:  The following are our projections of what will, or should happen, with tonight’s post-season awards. They are in no way a representation of actual voting results.)

Player of the Year: JaJuan Johnson (Purdue) – Neck-and-neck race between the two best big men in the conference, but Sullinger had more weapons around him. Johnson had to overcome the loss of Robbie Hummel, and went most of the season without a No. 3 scoring threat while leading Purdue to the second best record in the conference. There’s no one better at hitting tough shots in the Big Ten.

Thad Matta cuts down the net after OSU's outright regular-season Big Ten championship.
Photo by Dan Harker
Thad Matta

Coach of the Year: Thad Matta (Ohio State) – Another close race between Matta and Matt Painter, but we’ll go with Matta to pull the upset. Almost everyone was projecting four losses would be good enough to win the Big Ten,  and Matta did it with two. OSU’s only losses of the season came on the road against two top-10 teams. It was a tremendous season for Matta and the Buckeyes, but Matt Painter also deserves some consideration for the job he did at Purdue after Hummel went down.

Freshman of the Year: Jared Sullinger (Ohio State) – Easiest pick in the book. Only other candidate would have been Tim Hardaway Jr. at Michigan and he’s not in Sullinger’s league.

David Lighty makes the steal
Photo by Jim Davidson
David Lighty

Defensive Player of the Year: David Lighty (Ohio State) – This may not have been Lighty’s best defensive season of his career, but he has been one of the best defenders in the country for years now and it’s about time he got some recognition. With Johnson winning Player of the Year, it was only right to recognize Lighty for his defensive accomplishments in a narrow win over Michigan State’s Draymond Green.

Sixth Man of the Year: Aaron Craft (Ohio State) – There were other sixth men up for the award, including Brandon Paul and Jereme Richmond at Illinois, but none of them meant even a fraction of what Craft did to his team.

First Team All-Big Ten

JaJuan Johnson (Purdue) –  20.5pts, 8.1reb, 2.4blk, 49.7 FG%, 81.6FT%

Jared Sullinger (Ohio State) – 17.3pts, 9.7reb, 1.2ast, 1.0stl, 55.7FG%, 71.2FT%

E’Twaun Moore (Purdue) – 18.3pts, 5.2reb, 3.2ast, 1.3stl, 45.0FG%, 41.0 3PT%

Jordan Taylor (Wisconsin) –  18.2pts, 4.2reb, 4.8ast, 45.9FG%, 85.9FT%, 44.8 3PT%

Talor Battle (Penn State) –  20.4pts, 4.3reb, 3.1ast, 43.6FG%, 36.6 3PT%

Second-Team All-Big Ten

David Lighty (Ohio State) – 12.3pts, 4.1reb, 3.4ast, 1.7stl, 46.3FG%, 39.6 3PT%

Jon Leuer (Wisconsin) – 18.9pts, 7.3reb, 1.7ast, 48.3FG%, 84.7FT%, 39.5 3PT%

Kalin Lucas (Michigan State) –  17.0pts, 2.1reb, 3.3ast, 1.1stl, 43.4FG%, 37.4 3PT%

William Buford (Ohio State) – 14.5pts, 3.9reb, 3.1ast, 48.0FG%m, 86.2FT%, 45.5 3PT%

Demetri McCamey (Illinois) – 15.0pts, 3.4reb, 6.1ast, 1.0stl, 45.7FG%, 46.3 3PT%

Third-Team All-Big Ten

Darius Morris (Michigan) – 15.1pts, 4.0reb, 6.8ast, 1.0stl, 49.3FG%, 70.4FT%

Trevor Mbakwe (Minnesota) – 13.7pts, 10.5reb, 1.3ast, 1.4blk, 58.6FG%

Jon Diebler (Ohio State) – 12.3pts, 2.5reb, 2.5ast, 1.1stl, 51.3FG%, 82.5FT%, 51.1 3PT%

Draymond Green (Michigan State) – 12.2pts, 8.3reb, 4.0ast, 1.7stl, 1.1blk, 43.4FG%, 38.3 3PT%

John Shurna (Northwestern) – 16.8pts, 4.4reb, 2.6ast, 1.1stl, 48.8FG%, 70.5FT%, 47.4 3PT%

Honorable Mention All-Big Ten

Tim Hardaway Jr. (Michigan) – 13.8pts, 3.8reb, 1.7ast, 1.0stl, 42.0FG%, 74.8FT%, 37.4 3PT%

Christian Watford (Indiana) – 16.0pts, 5.4reb, 1.1ast, 41.8FG%, 84.FT%, 38.7 3PT%

Aaron Craft (Ohio State) –  6.9pts, 2.6reb, 4.7ast, 2.1stl, 46.4FG%, 38.3 3PT%

Jeff Brooks (Penn State) – 13.5pts, 6.5reb, 1.8ast, 1.5blk, 56.3FG%, 41.1 3PT%

Blake Hoffarber (Minnesota) – 13.7pts, 3.5reb, 4.1ast, 1.0stl, 42.0FG%, 82.4FT%, 38.6 3PT%

Michael Thompson (Northwestern) – 15.3pts, 2.0reb, 4.3ast, 1.5stl, 45.4FG%, 78.8FT%, 39.8 3PT%

Melsahn Basabe (Iowa) – 11.2pts, 6.9reb, 1.4blk, 57.1FG%, 71.4FT%

Mike Davis (Illinois) –  12.2pts, 7.1reb, 1.6ast, 53.6 FG%

Matt Gatens (Iowa) – 12.6pts, 2.5reb, 1.9ast, 1.3stl, 39.1FG%, 87.1FT%, 33.1 3PT%

Drew Crawford (Northwestern) – 12.1pts, 4.4reb, 2.0ast, 1.0stl, 43.4FG%, 34.3 3PT%

All-Freshman Team

Jared Sullinger (Ohio State) – 17.3pts, 9.7reb, 1.2ast, 1.0stl, 55.7FG%, 71.2FT%

Aaron Craft (Ohio State) – 6.9pts, 2.6reb, 4.7ast, 2.1stl, 46.4FG%, 38.3 3PT%

Tim Hardaway Jr. (Michigan) – 13.8pts, 3.8reb, 1.7ast, 1.0stl, 42.0FG%, 74.8FT%, 37.4 3PT%

Melsahn Basabe (Iowa) – 11.2pts, 6.9reb, 1.4blk, 57.1FG%, 71.4FT%

Jereme Richmond (Illinois) – 7.7pts, 5.1reb, 1.9ast, 52.3FG%

All Defensive Team

David Lighty (Ohio State) – 12.3pts, 4.1reb, 3.4ast, 1.7stl, 46.3FG%, 39.6 3PT%

Aaron Craft (Ohio State) – 6.9pts, 2.6reb, 4.7ast, 2.1stl, 46.4FG%, 38.3 3PT%

JaJuan Johnson (Purdue) – 20.5pts, 8.1reb, 2.4blk, 49.7 FG%, 81.6FT%

Draymond Green (Michigan State) –  12.2pts, 8.3reb, 4.0ast, 1.7stl, 1.1blk, 43.4FG%, 38.3 3PT%

Ralph Samson III (Minnesota) – 10.2pts, 5.4reb, 1.6ast, 2.1blk, 46.6FG%, 73.3FT%

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