Fred Hoiberg

Big Ten media aren't expecting Nebraska to have a strong finish in the conference in Fred Hoiberg's first season.

Nebraska will replace a fired coach and introduce 12 new players to Big Ten play.

Because of that, Fred Hoiberg’s first squad was selected to finish 13th in the 14-team Big Ten, according to an unofficial Big Ten preseason media poll collected by the Columbus Dispatch and The Athletic.

The Huskers were picked either 12th, 13th or 14th in 27 of 28 ballots by Big Ten writers. One voter had the Huskers as high as sixth.

Last year, Nebraska was picked to finish fourth in the league following a 22-win season the previous year. NU ended up finishing 13th.

Here is the projected finish for the 2019-20 season (first-place votes in parentheses):

1. Michigan State, 391 (27).

2. Maryland, 349 (1).

3. Ohio State, 336.

4. Purdue, 311.

5. Michigan, 255.

6. Wisconsin, 241.

7. Illinois, 239.

8. Iowa, 174.

9. Penn State, 164.

10. Indiana, 155.

11. Minnesota, 127.

12. Rutgers, 95.

13. Nebraska, 69.

14. Northwestern, 34.

Player of the Year

Cassius Winston, Michigan State (27)

Freshman of the Year

D.J. Carton, Ohio State (15)

All-Big Ten first team

Cassius Winston, Michigan State (28, unanimous).

Lamar Stevens, Penn State (26).

Ayo Dosunmu, Illinois (18).

Anthony Cowan, Maryland (16).

Kaleb Wesson, Ohio State (14)

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Chris Heady covers Husker football and is the Nebraska men's basketball beat writer. He started at The World-Herald in 2017. Follow him on Twitter @heady_chris. Email:

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