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Big Ten regular season awards announced, Michigan snubbed from All-Defense team

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There was some curious decisions made.

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The Big Ten Conference announced its awards on Tuesday afternoon and the regular season champion Michigan Wolverines were well-represented in most areas. The most notable hardware handed out went to Juwan Howard, who was named the Coach of the Year in the conference by both the coaches and media. Hunter Dickinson was named the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year in both selections, as well.

The coaches selected Dickinson, Isaiah Livers and Franz Wagner to the All-Big Ten second team. Dickinson was a first-team All-Big Ten selection by the media, while Livers and Wagner were selected to the second and third teams, respectively.

There were some major omissions, however. Michigan possesses a defense that ranks No. 1 in the Big Ten on KenPom, yet there was not a single Wolverine that was voted to the All-Defensive Team. The Wolverines have a handful of players that could have gotten the nod, but the most glaring player left out was Wagner.

These awards are ultimately window dressing, but it is unfortunate when they go to the wrong people. However, it was great to see Michigan represented nonetheless.

Here is the full list of Big Ten awards handed out on Tuesday.

(All caps denotes unanimous decisions)

2020-21 All-Big Ten Men’s Basketball Team

As selected by Big Ten coaches

FIRST TEAM

Kofi Cockburn, Illinois

AYO DOSUNMU, ILLINOIS

LUKA GARZA, IOWA

E.J. Liddell, Ohio State

Trevion Williams, Purdue

SECOND TEAM

Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana

Joe Wieskamp, Iowa

Hunter Dickinson, Michigan

Isaiah Livers, Michigan

Franz Wagner, Michigan

THIRD TEAM

Marcus Carr, Minnesota

Aaron Henry, Michigan State

Duane Washington Jr., Ohio State

Ron Harper Jr., Rutgers

D’Mitrik Trice, Wisconsin

HONORABLE MENTION

Trent Frazier, Illinois

Jordan Bohannon, Iowa

Eric Ayala, Maryland

Aaron Wiggins, Maryland

Geo Baker, Rutgers

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

Andre Curbelo, Illinois

Keegan Murray, Iowa

Hunter Dickinson, Michigan

Zach Edey, Purdue

Jaden Ivey, Purdue

ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

Trent Frazier, Illinois

Darryl Morsell, Maryland

Aaron Henry, Michigan State

Jamari Wheeler, Penn State

Myles Johnson, Rutgers

PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

Luka Garza, Iowa

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

Darryl Morsell, Maryland

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:

Hunter Dickinson, Michigan

SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR:

Andre Curbelo, Illinois

COACH OF THE YEAR:

Juwan Howard, Michigan

2020-21 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honorees

Trent Frazier, Illinois; Aljami Durham, Indiana; CJ Fredrick, Iowa; Darryl Morsell, Maryland; Austin Davis, Michigan; Joshua Langford, Michigan State; Gabe Kalscheur, Minnesota; Thorir Thorbjarnarson, Nebraska; Ryan Greer, Northwestern; Kyle Young, Ohio State; John Harrar, Penn State; Sasha Stefanovic, Purdue; Paul Mulcahy, Rutgers; Carter Higginbottom, Wisconsin.

2020-21 All-Big Ten Men’s Basketball Team

As selected by Media Voting Panel

FIRST TEAM

Kofi Cockburn, Illinois

AYO DOSUNMU, ILLINOIS

Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana

LUKA GARZA, IOWA

Hunter Dickinson, Michigan

SECOND TEAM

Joe Wieskamp, Iowa

Isaiah Livers, Michigan

Marcus Carr, Minnesota

E.J. Liddell, Ohio State

Trevion Williams, Purdue

THIRD TEAM

Franz Wagner, Michigan

Aaron Henry, Michigan State

Duane Washington Jr., Ohio State

Ron Harper Jr., Rutgers

D’Mitrik Trice, Wisconsin

HONORABLE MENTION

Trent Frazier, Illinois

Jordan Bohannon, Iowa

CJ Fredrick, Iowa

Eric Ayala, Maryland

Darryl Morsell, Maryland

Aaron Wiggins, Maryland

Teddy Allen, Nebraska

John Harrar, Penn State

Myreon Jones, Penn State

Myles Johnson, Rutgers

Jacob Young, Rutgers

PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

Luka Garza, Iowa

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:

Hunter Dickinson, Michigan

COACH OF THE YEAR:

Juwan Howard, Michigan