This is Amelia Rayno's third 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.

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Gophers ranked No. 9 in Big Ten in unofficial media poll

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball Updated: October 30, 2013 - 2:44 PM

Tomorrow is Big Ten media day, and the official poll of the conference’s top three teams will be announced. However, Ohio State writer Bob Baptist has made it a tradition of conducting an official poll of the beat writers (two from each team; 24 in all) in ranking all 12 teams – leading up to the official release.

Twelve points are given for a No. 1 vote;  1 is given for a No. 12 vote. And so on.

Here are the full results:

Michigan State, 288 points
Michigan, 241
Ohio State, 240
Wisconsin, 218
Iowa, 192
Indiana, 173
Purdue, 143
Illinois, 127
Minnesota, 74
Northwestern, 70
Penn State, 58
Nebraska, 48

Again, here are my own picks, with thoughts on each team.

Michigan State was a unanimous first-place vote, the only team to be picked for the same position by everyone.
The teams people are most unsure about? Iowa and Purdue. The former was picked in a range from second to eighth and the latter was picked anywhere from fourth through tenth.
Someone picked the Gophers fifth. I’d love to know who that is and interview them. No one else picked them higher than ninth. Four voters picked them last.

Plus, here are more preseason picks from all the Big Ten writers collaborated by Big Ten Network. I’ve been getting yelled at all morning by Hawkeyes fans, who are upset I didn’t put Devyn Marble in any of my All-Big Ten teams. See why it’s fun being a sportswriter?

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