Michigan basketball left off Big Ten preseason poll, Buckeyes picked to win league
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But in its own conference, the Wolverines have been left out of the early conversation.
The Big Ten released its media-voted preseason favorites Thursday, with Ohio State selected as No. 1, Wisconsin picked No. 2 and Michigan State slotted at No. 3.
Ohio State's Jared Sullinger was chosen as the Big Ten's Preseason Player of the Year.
Ohio State returns two starters from a 34-3 season, including the 6-foot-9 Sullinger, who averaged 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per game on his way to earning All-American honors, as well as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award.Wisconsin brings back two starters, including Preseason All-American guard Jordan Taylor, from a Sweet Sixteen squad that finished 25-9 and second in the Big Ten.
Michigan State also returns two starters from last season, but from a team that finished 19-15 and in a tie for fourth with Michigan, Penn State and Iowa.
Taylor and Sullinger are joined on the media-selected Preseason All-Big Ten team by Michigan State forward Draymond Green, Minnesota forward Trevor Mbakwe and Purdue forward Robbie Hummel.