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March 7, 2006Tuesday the Big Ten Conference named its All-Conference teams and handed out other individual awards, including Big Ten Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year and Rookie of the Year.
Sunday the Big Ten regular season wrapped up with the Ohio State Buckeyes clinching an outright Big Ten championship after defeating Purdue, 76-57. The Buckeyes, ranked No. 7, finished with a 12-4 conference record in the nation's toughest league.
As expected with winning the Big Ten, the Buckeyes earned several top honors. Senior center Terence Dials was named Big Ten Player of the Year by both the coaches and media and head coach Thad Matta was tabbed as Big Ten Coach of the Year.
The 6-foot-9 Dials ranked third in the league in field goal percentage (.599) and blocked shots (1 block per game), fifth in rebounding (8.4 rebounds per game) and eighth in scoring (16.3 points per game).
Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year was awarded to Iowa senior center Erek Hansen. Hansen led the Big Ten in blocks for the second time in his career with 2.38 blocks per game. Along with being named defensive player of the year, Hansen was named to the conference's inaugural All-Defensive Team.
Earning the Big Ten's first-ever Sixth Man of the Year award is Iowa senior forward Doug Thomas. Thomas, who didn't start a single game in 30 this season, averaged 4.6 points and 4.6 rebounds off the bench for the second-place Hawkeyes.
Penn State forward Jamelle Cornley was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year after averaging 11.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, both ranking 25th and 12th, respectively, in the league. Cornley is also a member of the Big Ten All-Freshman team.
In the following, BadgerBlitz.com runs down the All-Big Ten teams, which includes University of Wisconsin junior forward Alando Tucker as a member of the first team.
2005-06 All-Big Ten Men's Basketball Team
(As selected by the B10 coaches)
(As selected by the media)
Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Dee Brown, Illinois; Marshall Strickland, Indiana; Adam Haluska, Iowa; Graham Brown, Michigan
Maurice Ager, Michigan State; Adam Boone, Minnesota; Michael Jenkins, Northwestern; Je'Kel Foster, Ohio State; Mike Walker, Penn State; Bryant Dillon, Purdue; Alando Tucker, Wisconsin.