'Hoops & Scoops' blog: Bob Baptist's All-Big Ten ballot | The Columbus Dispatch

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I filed my ballot last night after the Ohio State-Wisconsin game. The teams and other honors -- voted separately by the media and coaches -- will be announced at 7 tonight on Big Ten Network.

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Jordan Taylor in front of Sully???
Battle in front of Buford??

Put the crack pipe down
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You made some good arguments however I would have put Diebler on the first time as he is one of the most all around players in the league and he is a winner.
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Mar 7, 2011
 
Sorry . Agree with everything Except... Jared Sullinger is the player of the year and the freshman of the year is PG Aaron Craft . I mean ..... Who would you 'all take if picking a team ? Jared Sullinger is a must along with PG 6'1" 195 lb Aaron Craft two of the best freshmen players I've watched in a long time + cerebral basketball players . Go Bucks !
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Mar 7, 2011
 
You are absolutely wrong about Diebler. He is critical to Ohio State's success. His turn over ratio to assists is outstanding. His defense this year is solid. Quietly, he is the leader of this team, exceeding even Lighty. Go ask any coach in this league who they must first account for when playing Ohio State. Your analysis is suspect when you admit the neccesity of balancing players from different teams. Buford should be on the first line, even if Sullinger is also there. How, can you not give any consideration to Craft when freshman are being discussed. He's the best perimeter defender in the league.
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Jordan Taylor in front of Sullinger is criminal. Taylor had 3 bigs games all year and got shut down at OSU by a FRESHMAN in AC. I can accept JuJaun Johnson as your POY pick but to have Taylor 2nd shows you are simply drinking the Kool Aid. Sullinger is the reason the Buckeyes are 29-2. He not only fills it up in the post, he also takes up defenders allowing others to score when he doesn't. Your ballot, in my opinion, is a typical uneducated response that I would expect from a media member.
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Mar 7, 2011
 
Bob,

On many occasions when Michigan State annually dominated the Big 10, its best player was named the conferences POY, even 2 years ago when E.T. was the conferences leading scorer, Sparty still had the POY. In February Sullinger didn't slow down, many analyst suggested that opposing Big 10 teams were doubling and tripling him in the post and that defensive philosophy and practice led to a reduction in his numbers. In fact, put on the tape from yesterday's game and in the second half you'll see that everytime Craft fed Sullinger in the post at least 3 Wiscy players converged on the big man. Furthermore, it was the threat of Sullinger's presence in the paint that led to a lot of open mid and long range shots that would not have been available if Sullinger had not been a dominate big man. Take him away from the mix and strong defensive teams would likely have prevailed in 5 or 6 additional games and we would be looking at a 3 or 4 seed instead of overall number one seed! Moreover, Diebler belongs on either the 2nd or 3rd all B10 team and you cannot have a freshmen ballot without naming Craft.
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Mar 7, 2011
 
I find it interesting that the Dispatch sports writers seem to feel that they have to disrespect OSU
to "prove" their impartiality. Jordan got a lot of props for his 27 against OSU. I believe that if you watch the game over again,you'll see that "carrot Top" hurt us a lot more. So,how Jordan is even in the picture is mind-boggling.

“Bleeding Scarlet and Gray!”

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I too am baffled by having Taylor in front of Sully. Johnson deserves POY, hands down. But Sully was much more impressive than Taylor. And Craft not in the discussion for FOY? You can't be serious. Diebler not even on the third team? Come on. Who doesn't consider a guy that coaches have to use one man at all times to cover one of the top 15 in the Big 10. You shouldn't have gotten into the argument of putting people on the list just to represent the team. There is a reason the Bucks are #1 in the country and only have 2 losses. They have some of the best players in the country, let alone in the conference.
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#9
Mar 7, 2011
 
Good ballot Bob considering all the factors that must be considered. I would take issue with a few of your selections but your rationale definitely explains your choices. Let's see how the actual selections turn out tonight. By the way, my FIRST TEAM would have been Sullinger, Lighty, Buford, Diebler and Craft because their superior team play made individual accomplishments secondary.
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"and I felt each (Illinois, Michigan, Penn State and Michigan State) deserved at least one player on my team."

So everybody deserves a participation trophy Bob? Talk about PC (politically correct)in the face of reality!

So Diebler doesn't even make your third team because you had to give that spot to a 9/9 third tier team? Go stand in the corner!
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#11
Mar 7, 2011
 
What, "Bo-lletin Board" Ryan isn't COY?
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#12
Mar 7, 2011
 
Here's a situation where being on a great team diminishes the perceived impact of the individual parts, which is just plain illogical. How can you extract the talent to blend your abilities in concert with others as a non-factor as is being done here? Sure, it's unfair to penalize a great player because of a bad team, but one should also consider the incredible, unquantifiable talent of making those around the best there is. It is, after all, a team sport.
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Mar 7, 2011
 
I have no idea how the coaches could pick anyone but Craft or Lighty for defensive player of the year.

The only thing almost as impressive as the unprecedented offense yesterday was Craft making Taylor so uncomfortable.
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#14
Mar 7, 2011
 
Diebler's passing is underrated, but for every three he hit he gave up a drive for two by the incomparable Gasser. I think Bob has that one right.
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#15
Mar 7, 2011
 
I think they "Purdue" blew their second first teamer in the season's final game. And coach of the year please.

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