Oct. 25, 2012
CHICAGO, Ill. - Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp and sixth-year senior Drey Mingo and junior Courtney Moses were in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare for Big Media Day to meet with national, local and regional media to discuss the upcoming season. Big Ten Media Day features all 12 of the conference men's and women's basketball programs.
Highlights from the day's events are here:
Before the start of media day, the conference office announced the preseason polls and conference honors as determined by the coaches and the selected media panel.
Purdue, the defending Big Ten Tournament champion, was picked to finish third by the Big Ten coaches, while the coaches tabbed Moses as a member of the Preseason All-Big Ten Team. Moses is the first Boilermaker to earn preseason conference accolades since Brittany Rayburn was honored in 2010.
Last season, Moses started 32 of 33 games and was the Boilermakers' second leading scorer (10.8 ppg), second in steals (39) and third in assists (68). She led the conference in free throw percentage, connecting on 78-of-86 free throws for 90.7 percent and set an NCAA Tournament record with nine three-pointers against South Dakota State in the first round of the tournament. The guard from Sweetser, Ind., broke Brittany Rayburn's school record with a streak of 47-consecutive made free throws, the longest streak in the nation last season.
Ohio State's Tayler Hill and Penn State's Alex Bentley shared conference Preseason Player of the Year accolades from the coaches, while Hill earned the nod from the media.
Both the coaches and the media selected Penn State as the preseason favorite and Nebraska as the No. 2 team. The coaches tabbed Purdue as the third pick, while the media favored Ohio State at No. 3.
For the second consecutive year, all 24 men's and women's coaches' press conferences will be streamed live on BTN.com. Live streaming begins at 9 a.m. ET and is available for free through the Big Ten Digital Network. Visit video.btn.com for more information.
Fans can also follow @B1GMBBall and @B1GWBBall on Twitter throughout the day for highlights of the event and are encouraged to use the hash tag #B1GMD to join the conversation.
Transcripts of each coach's press conference will be posted on bigten.org later in the day.
The Boilermakers open the season Nov. 4 in an exhibition game against Lindsey Wilson College at 2 p.m. in Mackey Arena. The regular season opener is a home contest against USC Upstate on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are available at the Purdue Athletic Ticket Office in Mackey Arena, by calling 800-49-SPORT or online at purduesports.com.
The full Big Ten release with the complete preseason voting results is posted above.