Spartan & Wolverine make their point on First team All-Big Ten.

 

EAST LANSING, MI – MARCH 09: Head coach Tom Izzo and Cassius Winston #5 of the Michigan State Spartans react during the second half against the Michigan Wolverines at Breslin Center on March 9, 2019 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

 

Michigan State’s Cassius Winston is The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten Conference and Purdue’s Matt Painter is its coach of the year.

Winston, Purdue’s Carsen Edwards and Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ were unanimous picks to the AP’s All-Big Ten team, also announced Tuesday, in voting of 15 journalists covering the conference.

 

EAST LANSING, MI – MARCH 09: Ignas Brazdeikis #13 of the Michigan Wolverines reacts after making a three pointer during the first half against the Michigan State Spartans at Breslin Center on March 9, 2019 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

 

Michigan freshman Ignas Brazdeikis was named newcomer of the year.

Joining Winston, Edwards and Happ on the all-conference first team are Michigan’s Zavier Simpson and Maryland’s Bruno Fernando.

 

EAST LANSING, MI – MARCH 09: Zavier Simpson #3 of the Michigan Wolverines drives past Cassius Winston #5 of the Michigan State Spartans during the second half at Breslin Center on March 9, 2019 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

 

Happ is on the first team for the third straight year. Edwards is a unanimous choice for the second year in a row. Winston was on the second team last year.

Winston is the second Michigan State player in four years named AP’s Big Ten player of the year, joining Denzel Valentine in 2016.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound point guard held together an injury-plagued Spartans team and led it to a share of the regular-season championship. Winston has scored at least 20 points in 17 games and averages 19 per game to rank fourth in the league. He’s first in the Big Ten and third in the nation in assists (7.6), his 2.6-to-1 assist-turnover ratio is best in the league and his 41.3 percent 3-point shooting ranks third.

 

BLOOMINGTON, IN – MARCH 02: Cassius Winston #5 of the Michigan State Spartans drives to the basket around Rob Phinisee #10 of the Indiana Hoosiers at Assembly Hall on March 2, 2019 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

 

The second team is made up of Indiana’s Romeo Langford, Maryland’s Anthony Cowan Jr., Penn State’s Lamar Stevens, Minnesota’s Jordan Murphy and Michigan’s Ignas Brazdeikis.

Brazdeikis, a 6-7, 215-pound freshman from Oakville, Ontario, leads Michigan in scoring with 15 points per game. He burst onto the scene early with 18 points against Villanova — the team the Wolverines lost to in last season’s national championship game — and a season-high 24 against North Carolina as the Wolverines got out to a 17-0 start.

 

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – FEBRUARY 19: Carsen Edwards #3 of the Purdue Boilermakers shoots the ball against the Indiana Hoosiers at Assembly Hall on February 19, 2019 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

 

Purdue’s Painter returned only one starter — preseason player of the year Edwards — and the Boilermakers opened 6-5 before they won 17 of their next 20 to share the regular-season title with Michigan State. Purdue’s 16 quadrant 1 and 2 victories, a key metric for NCAA Tournament selection, are second most in the nation. Painter is 318-157 in 14 seasons at Purdue, including a Big Ten-best 45-11 league record the last three years.

The 2019 AP All-Big Ten team, with players listed with school, class, height, weight and hometown (“u” denotes unanimous selections):

FIRST TEAM

u-Cassius Winston, Michigan State, Jr., 6-1, 185, Detroit.

u-Carsen Edwards, Purdue, Jr., 6-1, 200, Atascocita, Texas.

Zavier Simpson,  Michigan, Jr., 6-0, 190, Lima, Ohio.

u-Ethan Happ, Wisconsin, Sr., 6-10, 237, Milan, Illinois.

Bruno Fernando, Maryland, So., 6-10, 240, Luanda, Angola.

SECOND TEAM

Romeo Langford, Indiana, Fr., 6-6, 215, New Albany, Indiana.

Anthony Cowan Jr., Maryland, Jr., 6-0, 170, Bowie, Maryland.

Lamar Stevens, Penn State, Jr., 6-8, 230, New Wales, Pennsylvania.

Jordan Murphy, Minnesota, Sr., 6-7, 250, San Antonio.

Ignas Brazdeikis, Michigan, Fr., 6-7, 215, Oakville, Ontario.

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Coach of the year — Matt Painter, Purdue.

Player of the year — Cassius Winston, Michigan State, Jr., 6-1, 185, Detroit.

Newcomer of the year — Ignas Brazdeikis, Michigan, Fr., 6-7, 215, Oakville, Ontario.

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AP All-Big Ten Voting Panel: Nathan Baird, Lafayette (Indiana) Journal and Courier; Chris Basnett, Lincoln (Nebraska) Journal Star; Mike DeCourcy, Sporting News and Big Ten Network; Marcus Fuller, Minneapolis Star Tribune; Adam Jardy, Columbus Dispatch; Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune; Steve Jones, Penn State Sports Network; Andrew Kahn, MLive.com (Ann Arbor, Michigan); Chad Leistikow, Des Moines (Iowa) Register; Don Markus, Baltimore Sun; Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star; Jim Polzin, Madison.com (Madison, Wisconsin); Scott Richey, Champaign (Illinois) News-Gazette; Keith Sargeant, New Jersey Advance Media;  Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press.

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