Just four days ago, the Big Ten announced that its freshman of the year award was being given to two separate players—Indiana’s Cody Zeller took home the coaches award and Michigan’s Trey Burke got the media vote.
But after another eye-popping performance in Michigan’s win over Minnesota in the second-round of the Big Ten tournament, those coaches may want to re-think their decision.
Burke scored 30 points in the Wolverines’ 73-69 win over the Gophers, avoiding an upset that would have put a dent in their chances at securing a top-3 seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament.
But the mere fact that the Wolverines are in contention for a top-3 seed is a testament to Burke’s superb play all season.
Coming into this season, there were questions over Michigan’s viability as a contender in the Big Ten, which is widely regarded as the best college basketball conference in the nation. The loss of Darius Morris—who declared for the NBA draft after his sophomore season in Ann Arbor and was recent...