B1G 2020-21 WBB Media Days

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November 11-13
Now in its fifth year, the Big Ten Women's Basketball Preview continues to reimagine the traditional preseason media day event, expanding it into several days of coverage dedicated entirely to all 14 Big Ten women's basketball programs. What's more, the complete Big Ten Women's Basketball Preview content package is available online and on demand, whether here on bigten.org or through the Big Ten's social media channels.

This year's Big Ten Women's Basketball Preview is expected to feature the most robust collection of content in the event's five-year history, focusing on all 14 Big Ten women's basketball programs, from interviews and highlights to feature stories, creative digital and social media offerings and unique behind-the-scenes access as the 2020-21 women's basketball season gets started later this month.

The Big Ten Women's Basketball Preview tips off Wednesday, Nov. 11, with the announcement of the preseason All-Big Ten teams and Big Ten Player of the Year, as well as the preseason rankings, according to balloting by the conference coaches and a select media panel. Each Big Ten women's basketball program will then be featured on the conference's social media channels (primarily Twitter @B1GWBBall) during one-hour blocks from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (CT) on Wednesday and Thursday, working alphabetically through each conference program.

The Preview wraps up Friday, Nov. 13 with the annual coaches' preseason media availability from 9-11 a.m. (CT). Media members wishing to participate in this year's Zoom call should contact Chris Masters (cmasters@bigten.org) to register in advance. (PLEASE NOTE: Media members must have their names and/or outlets clearly stated on their Zoom accounts to gain access to interviews. Unknown participants will not be admitted to the Zoom.) The call will also be recorded and available for playback later on Friday at bigten.org.

Make sure to visit the Big Ten's social media channels (using the hashtag #B1GWBBall), including the conference's women's basketball Twitter (@B1GWBBall), Facebook (/BigTenConference) and Instagram (@bigten) pages for Women's Basketball Preview coverage. Additional content may be added as it becomes available and will be linked under each team's section below, so check back regularly for updates.
 

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So we’re having media day. Do we even have a schedule??
 
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No we don't have a schedule, nor do any other Big Ten women's or men's basketball teams have a conference schedule at this time.
 

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I dont remember what media person reported it but they said the conference schedule was suppose to be out this week.
 

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Coaches and Media polls.

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Indiana University was chosen as the 2020-21 preseason Big Ten women’s basketball favorite by both the conference’s 14 head coaches and a select media panel, the conference office announced Wednesday. Michigan’s Naz Hillmon and Rutgers’ Arella Guirantes shared 2020-21 Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year honors in the coaches’ balloting, while Northwestern’s Lindsey Pulliam was voted Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year by the media.

Hillmon, Guirantes and Pulliam joined Indiana’s Grace Berger and Ali Patberg, Iowa’s Monika Czinano, Maryland’s Ashley Owusu, Michigan State’s Nia Clouden, Northwestern’s Veronica Burton and Ohio State’s Dorka Juhász garnered Preseason All-Big Ten recognition from the coaches and the media. Guirantes and Pulliam were selected unanimously by both groups while Hillmon and Juhász were chosen unanimously by the coaches.

Hillmon, a junior forward from Cleveland, Ohio, is a two-time first-team All-Big Ten honoree who previously had been chosen as the 2019 Big Ten Co-Freshman and Sixth Player of the Year. Last year, she ranked among the top five in the conference in scoring (17.4 ppg.), rebounding (8.7 rpg.) and field-goal percentage (.567) while scoring in double figures 28 times (including 14 20-point games) and posting 11 double-doubles.

Guirantes, a fifth-year senior guard from Bellport, New York, was a first-team All-Big Ten and honorable mention All-America selection last year who led the Big Ten in scoring and ranked ninth nationally at 20.6 points per game. Overall, she ranked among the top 15 in the conference in eight statistical categories and set a Rutgers single-season record with 171 made free throws.

Pulliam, a senior guard from Silver Spring, Maryland, also has twice earned first-team All-Big Ten accolades and was an honorable mention All-American last season. She has ranked among the top five in the Big Ten in scoring the past two years, including a career-high 18.8 points per game in 2019-20.

The top choice in the preseason team rankings by both the coaches and media, Indiana brings back four starters and nine letterwinners, including first-team all-conference honorees Berger and Patberg, from last year’s team that went 24-8, setting a school record for wins in a season, and finished fourth in the Big Ten with a 13-5 record. The Hoosiers advanced to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals for the first time since 2006 and were No. 14 in the final NCAA RPI report released on March 13, putting them in position to be a top-four seed and early-round host site for the NCAA Tournament, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Indiana was one of five Big Ten schools appearing in the 2020-21 preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll released Tuesday, with the Hoosiers checking in at No. 16.

Defending Big Ten regular-season and tournament champion Maryland was the No. 2 selection in the preseason balloting of the conference’s coaches and third in the media panel voting. The Terrapins went 28-4 overall last season and were the No. 4 overall seed in the final NCAA Committee regular-season seed reveal, making them a prime candidate to be a No. 1 regional seed for the NCAA Tournament. Maryland also earned a share of last year’s conference regular-season title with a 16-2 record. The Terrapins, who were 12th in the preseason AP poll, have four letterwinners returning this season, led by Owusu, who was the Jim and Kitty Delany Most Outstanding Player of the 2020 Big Ten Tournament.

Northwestern was the runner-up in this year’s Big Ten preseason rankings according to the media and was fourth in the coaches’ survey. The Wildcats claimed a share of their first Big Ten title in 30 years, and second in program history, last spring with a 16-2 conference record, and they set a school record for wins in a season with a 26-4 mark. Northwestern was also the No. 9 overall seed in the final NCAA Committee regular-season seed reveal, positioning the Wildcats for a top-four seed in the NCAA Tournament. Led by Pulliam and Burton, Northwestern, ranked No. 17 in the preseason AP poll, has three starters and 10 letterwinners returning this season.

Michigan earned the No. 3 spot in the Big Ten coaches’ preseason balloting and was fourth in the media’s poll, as the Wolverines build off last year’s 21-11 record and a second consecutive trip to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals. A projected No. 8 seed for last year’s NCAA Tournament, Michigan, which was ranked No. 25 in the preseason AP poll, has four starters and nine letterwinners returning this season, highlighted by Hillmon and 2019-20 second-team all-Big Ten guard Amy Dilk.

Ohio State was selected to finish fifth in the conference by both the Big Ten coaches and media after a strong second-half surge last season lifted the Buckeyes into the Big Ten Tournament title game and a projected No. 6 seed for the NCAA Tournament. Ranked 20th in the preseason AP poll, Ohio State will have all five starters, including Juhász, back from that 21-12 squad.

The 2020-21 Preseason All-Big Ten Teams and rankings are as follows (unanimous selections listed in ALL CAPS):

2020-21 COACHES BIG TEN PRESEASON RANKINGS
1. Indiana
2. Maryland
3. Michigan
4. Northwestern
5. Ohio State

2020-21 COACHES PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM
Grace Berger, Jr., G, Indiana
Ali Patberg, Sr., G, Indiana
Monika Czinano, Jr., F/C, Iowa
Ashley Owusu, So., G, Maryland
NAZ HILLMON, Jr., F, Michigan
Nia Clouden, Jr., G, Michigan State
Veronica Burton, Jr., G, Northwestern
LINDSEY PULLIAM, Sr., G, Northwestern
DORKA JUHÁSZ, Jr., F, Ohio State
ARELLA GUIRANTES, Sr., G, Rutgers

2020-21 COACHES BIG TEN CO-PRESEASON PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Naz Hillmon, Jr., F, Michigan
Arella Guirantes, Sr., G, Rutgers


2020-21 MEDIA BIG TEN PRESEASON RANKINGS
1. Indiana
2. Northwestern
3. Maryland
4. Michigan
5. Ohio State

2020-21 MEDIA PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM
Grace Berger, Jr., G, Indiana
Ali Patberg, Sr., G, Indiana
Monika Czinano, Jr., F/C, Iowa
Ashley Owusu, So., G, Maryland
Naz Hillmon, Jr., F, Michigan
Nia Clouden, Jr., G, Michigan State
Veronica Burton, Jr., G, Northwestern
LINDSEY PULLIAM, Sr., G, Northwestern
Dorka Juhász, Jr., F, Ohio State
ARELLA GUIRANTES, Sr., G, Rutgers

2020-21 MEDIA BIG TEN PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Lindsey Pulliam, Sr., G, Northwestern
 
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