Big Ten voters pick Gophers anywhere from 5th to 10th
October 24, 2012 — 6:52am
The Big Ten men’s basketball preseason media poll is made up of 24 contributors, two representing each school who informally vote before every season.
This year, the Gophers received 13 votes for the sixth spot, but also received votes for No. 5 (4), No. 7 (4), No. 8 (1), No. 9 (1) and No. 10 (1).
Indiana received 21 top-spot votes, but also got three votes at No. 2. Michigan is the only other school that received first-place votes, with three.
Nebraska was nearly the unanimous basement-holder, with 23 votes for No. 12 and one at No. 11.
Last year, the Gophers were picked at No. 7.
Here’s the full poll:
3. Ohio State
4. Michigan State
11. Penn State
This is Amelia Rayno's fifth season on the Gophers men's basketball beat. She learned college basketball in North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!), where fanhood is not an option. In 2010, she joined the Star Tribune after graduating from Boston's Emerson College, which sadly had no exciting D-I college hoops to latch onto. Amelia has also worked on the sports desk at the Boston Globe and interned at the Detroit News.