When Tom Izzo addressed the media in his Tuesday presser, he went out of his way to point out his disappointment in the Big Ten’s choices for the All-Freshman team.
Yes, amid the Spartans’ looming, but not yet secure, at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, Izzo still took the time to voice his displeasure about the yearly Big Ten honor.
Specifically, he was upset that forward Nick Ward was absent from the list.
Izzo on Nick Ward not being on All-Freshman Team: "Honestly, I was disappointed…He's done a lot of good things."
— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) March 7, 2017
Ward, a freshman from Gahanna, Ohio, averaged 13.6 points per game this season, alongside his freshman counterpart Miles Bridges, who made the All-Freshman team with an average of 16.6 points per game.
Izzo’s displeasure was matched, and then some, by Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon.
I guess 24 wins, 12 league wins & 8 road wins while starting 3 freshman doesn't result in anyone being on the @bigten all-freshman team…
— Mark Turgeon (@CoachTurgeon) March 7, 2017
The Terrapins also fielded multiple freshman starters in the 2016-2017 season, with Justin Jackson, Anthony Cowan and Kevin Huerter in the starting five of a Maryland team which boasts a 24-7 record.
Jackson, Cowan and Huerter averaged 10.7, 10.4 and 8.7 points per game, respectively, and were three of six Maryland players to play in all 31 games this season, along with Jaylen Brantley, Melo Trimble and L.G. Gill.
With the Spartans and Terrapins both expected to receive berths to the NCAA Tournament, Michigan State’s Ward and Maryand’s Jackson, Cowan and Huerter will have another shot to show of their skills on college basketball’s biggest stage.