Nebraska men’s basketball predicted to finish near bottom of Big Ten

LINCOLN — Nebraska pretty much got what it expected in the Big Ten’s preseason men’s basketball poll.

The Huskers, coming off a 12-19 season, were picked 13th in a poll of 28 conference beat writers, ahead of only Rutgers.

Michigan State was a unanimous pick to win the Big Ten, and Spartans sophomore forward Miles Bridges was a rare unanimous pick as the league’s player of the year.

Bridges and Wisconsin forward Ethan Happ were unanimous first-team All-Big Ten picks. The other first-teamers were Michigan center Moritz Wagner, Minnesota guard Nate Mason and Northwestern guard Bryant McIntosh.

For freshman of the year, 27 of 28 writers picked Michigan State center Jaren Jackson.

The team polling:

1. Michigan State (28)

2. Purdue (80)

3. Minnesota (90)

4. Northwestern (115)

T-5. Maryland (155)

T-5. Michigan (155)

7. Wisconsin (168)

8. Iowa (204)

9. Indiana (270)

10. Penn State (280)

11. Ohio State (314)

12. Illinois (315)

13. Nebraska (362)

14. Rutgers (376)

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