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Published: Tuesday, 3/6/2012

MSU’s Green Big Ten’s best; Buford named to second team

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Michigan State forward Draymond Green was chosen the Big Ten player of the year. Michigan State forward Draymond Green was chosen the Big Ten player of the year.
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PARK RIDGE, Ill. — Michigan State’s Draymond Green was chosen as player of the year in the Big Ten by two panels, one comprised of media, the other made up of coaches. Green averaged 16.2 points and a league-best 10.5 rebounds as the Spartans shared the regular-season title with Michigan and Ohio State.

Michigan State’s Tom Izzo was selected as coach of the year for a third time as the Spartans finished 24-7 and 13-5 in the league after starting the season unranked.

Toledoan William Buford, a Libbey graduate, was named to the All-Big Ten second team.

Joining Green on both the coaches and media first team were Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger, Northwestern’s John Shurna, and Purdue’s Robbie Hummel. The coaches selected Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor, and the media gave the nod to Penn State’s Tim Frazier.

There was a split for freshman of the year: the media tabbed Trey Burke of Michigan, and the coaches chose center Cody Zeller of Indiana.

Zeller led conference freshmen in scoring and rebounding, averaging 15.4 points and 6.4 boards per game. Burke averaged 14.6 points and 4.6 assists for the Wolverines.

The coaches also honored Ohio State’s Aaron Craft as defensive player of the year, and D.J. Byrd of Purdue as sixth man of the year.

On the media’s second team were Buford, Zeller, Burke, Taylor, and Iowa’s Matt Gatens of Iowa.

OSU’s Craft and Deshaun Thomas, UM’s Tim Hardaway Jr., MSU’s Keith Appling, Northwestern’s Drew Crawford were on the third team.

Zeller, Burke, Buford, Thomas, and Frazier are on the coaches’ second unit. Brandon Paul of Illinois, Gatens, Hardaway, Appling and Crawford made up the third team.

OSU ranked No. 7, UM 10th

Kentucky, Syracuse, and Kansas are the top three teams in the Associated Press’ college basketball poll for a second straight week.

Kentucky, which finished unbeaten in the Southeastern Conference, is a runaway No. 1 for a seventh straight week, receiving 63 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.

Big East champion Syracuse, which received two first-place votes, is second for the sixth consecutive week. Kansas, the Big 12 champion for an eighth straight season, is followed by North Carolina, Missouri, Duke, Ohio State, Michigan State, Marquette and Michigan.

Gonzaga, at No. 24, and Iowa State, at 25th, are the week’s newcomers. Gonzaga was out the last two weeks, while Iowa State is ranked for the first time since the opening week of 2005-06.



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