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March 6, 2007

Tucker named B10 Player of the Year

Park Ridge, Ill. - Wisconsin's Alando Tucker captured the conference's highest honor as he was named the Big Ten Player of the Year in voting by both the coaches and the media. He is the second Badger in the last four years to earn the award as Devin Harris claimed Wisconsin's first Player of the Year laurel in 2004. In Big Ten games only, Tucker ranked second in the conference in scoring (19.7 ppg) and tied for eighth in rebounding (6.1 rpg). The senior forward led UW to a school-record 13 victories in the Big Ten, while also tallying a 17-game win streak earlier in the season, the longest in school history. This year, Tucker became the second Badger and the 23rd Big Ten standout to reach 2,000 career points. He enters this week's Big Ten Tournament with 2,125 points and is close to breaking UW's all-time scoring record held by Michael Finley (2,147 points from 1992-95).

Ohio State's Thad Matta was tabbed the Big Ten Coach of the Year by the media for the second consecutive year, while also picking up coaching accolades from his peers. In his third season in Columbus, Matta guided the Buckeyes to their second consecutive outright Big Ten title for the first time since OSU won three in a row from 1960-62. The Buckeyes have also tied a school record for wins with an overall mark of 27-3.

In other individual accolades, Ohio State's Greg Oden was named Freshman of the Year by the coaches and media, joining former Buckeyes Michael Redd, Greg Simpson and Jim Jackson, who were honored in 1998, 1993 and 1990, respectively. Oden led the conference in rebounding (8.9 rpg) and blocked shots (3.44 bpg) in Big Ten games only, while ranking seventh in the Big Ten with 15.1 points per game. The 7-1 center was joined by four other first-year standouts on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team. The five-man squad included Iowa's Tyler Smith, Michigan State's Raymar Morgan, Northwestern's Kevin Coble and Ohio State's Mike Conley Jr.

Oden also became the first freshman in Big Ten history to claim Defensive Player of the Year laurels and the first Buckeye since Ken Johnson won back-to-back honors in 2000 and 2001. He was joined by Illinois' Chester Frazier, Michigan State's Travis Walton, Purdue's Chris Kramer and Wisconsin's Michael Flowers on the conference's All-Defensive Team.

Ohio State's Daequan Cook, who recorded only one start in 30 games this season, is the conference's second recipient of the Sixth Man of the Year award. The freshman guard provided a spark off the bench for the Buckeyes this season, averaging 11.3 points and 4.9 rebounds in all games.

A total of seven of the 15 selections on the 2007 All-Big Ten teams were underclassmen and have a chance to return to their teams next season. Both All-Big Ten first-team squads included Tucker, Iowa's Adam Haluska, Michigan State's Drew Neitzel and Ohio State's Oden. Purdue senior Carl Landry was honored by the coaches, while the media named Ohio State's Conley to the top squad. UW'S Tucker earned first-team laurels for the second-consecutive year.

The conference office also announced honorees from each team for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. Honorees for men's basketball are Illinois' Trent Meacham, Indiana's Errek Suhr, Iowa's Haluska, Michigan's Brent Petway, Michigan State's Neitzel, Minnesota's Jamal Abu-Shamala, Northwestern's Tim Doyle, Ohio State's Oden, Penn State's David Jackson, Purdue's Chris Hartley and Wisconsin's Tucker. These 11 student-athletes are now candidates for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, as the conference office will honor one male and one female student-athlete from each institution at the end of the school year.

The complete list of the All-Big Ten teams and awards follows.

2006-07 All-Big Ten Men's Basketball Team

As selected by Big Ten coaches

(players names in ALL CAPS have 2007-08 eligibility)

FIRST TEAM


Adam Haluska, Iowa

DREW NEITZEL, Michigan State

GREG ODEN, Ohio State

Carl Landry, Purdue

Alando Tucker, Wisconsin*

SECOND TEAM

Warren Carter, Illinois

D.J. WHITE, Indiana

MIKE CONLEY JR, Ohio State

David Teague, Purdue

Kammron Taylor, Wisconsin

THIRD TEAM

SHAUN PRUITT, Illinois

Roderick Wilmont, Indiana

TYLER SMITH, Iowa

Dion Harris, Michigan

GEARY CLAXTON, Penn State

HONORABLE MENTION

Rich McBride, Illinois

LAWRENCE MCKENZIE, Minnesota

Tim Doyle, Northwestern

JAMAR BUTLER, Ohio State

Ron Lewis, Ohio State

JAMELLE CORNLEY, Penn State

BRIAN BUTCH, Wisconsin

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

TYLER SMITH, Iowa

RAYMAR MORGAN, Michigan St.

KEVIN COBLE, Northwestern

MIKE CONLEY JR, Ohio State

GREG ODEN, Ohio State

ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

CHESTER FRAZIER, Illinois

TRAVIS WALTON, Michigan St.

GREG ODEN, Ohio State

CHRIS KRAMER, Purdue

MICHAEL FLOWERS, Wisconsin

PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

Alando Tucker, Wisconsin

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

GREG ODEN, Ohio State

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:

GREG ODEN, Ohio State

SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR:

DAEQUAN COOK, Ohio State

COACH OF THE YEAR:

Thad Matta, Ohio State

*Denotes unanimous selection

As selected by Big Ten media

(players names in ALL CAPS have 2007-08 eligibility)

FIRST TEAM


Adam Haluska, Iowa

DREW NEITZEL, Michigan State

MIKE CONLEY JR, Ohio State

GREG ODEN, Ohio State*

Alando Tucker, Wisconsin*

SECOND TEAM

D.J. WHITE, Indiana

GEARY CLAXTON, Penn State

Carl Landry, Purdue

David Teague, Purdue

Kammron Taylor, Wisconsin

THIRD TEAM

Warren Carter, Illinois

SHAUN PRUITT, Illinois

Roderick Wilmont, Indiana

TYLER SMITH, Iowa

Dion Harris, Michigan

HONORABLE MENTION

Earl Calloway, Indiana

DAN COLEMAN, Minnesota

LAWRENCE MCKENZIE, Minnesota

Tim Doyle, Northwestern

JAMAR BUTLER, Ohio State

DAEQUAN COOK, Ohio State

Ron Lewis, Ohio State

JAMELLE CORNLEY, Penn State

MICHAEL FLOWERS, Wisconsin

PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

Alando Tucker, Wisconsin

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:

GREG ODEN, Ohio State

COACH OF THE YEAR:

Thad Matta, Ohio State

*Denotes unanimous selection

Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honorees

Trent Meacham, Illinois; Errek Suhr, Indiana; Adam Haluska, Iowa; Brent Petway, Michigan; Drew Neitzel, Michigan State; Jamal Abu-Shamala, Minnesota; Tim Doyle, Northwestern; Greg Oden, Ohio State; David Jackson, Penn State; Chris Hartley, Purdue; Alando Tucker, Wisconsin.


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