The Michigan State women’s basketball team fell just short of a Big Ten title last season. Voters in this year’s preseason league polls expect the Wolverines to be back in the mix.

The Big Ten announced the results of its polls on Wednesday (Oct. 5), with Michigan ranked fifth in the coaches poll. The league only asked coaches and the media to rank the top five teams. Michigan was not included in the media rankings.

Iowa and Ohio State shared the regular season title last season with 14-4 conference records. Both the coaches and the media picked the Hawkeyes to repeat, an easy choice considering they return all five starters, including reigning Big Ten Player of the Year Kaitlin Clark. Ohio State was second in the coaches poll and third in the media, while Indiana finished second/third. Maryland was fourth in both polls and Nebraska was fifth in the media poll.

Michigan went 13-4 in the Big Ten last season and hit its stride game against last-place Illinois is canceled due to bad weather. Maryland also went 13-4 and didn’t play Illinois.

The Wolverines lost Naz Hillman and Danielle Rauch, but return starters Leigh Brown, Layla Felia, Maddie Nolan and Emily Kaiser.

Brown, who is in his fifth year, was a top-10 pick for the preseason Big Ten. All 10 players were agreed upon by the coaches and media: Indiana’s Brown, Grace Berger and Mackenzie Holmes, Iowa’s Clark and Monica Chinano, Maryland’s Diamond Miller, Nebraska’s Alexis Markowski, Ohio State’s Taylor Mikesell and Jaycee Sheldon and Pennsylvania’s Makena Marisa.

Clarke, predictably, won the preseason player of the year.

Michigan opens the 2022-2023 regular season on Nov. 9 against Delaware State. Kim Barnes Arico, the reigning Big Ten Coach of the Year, enters his 11th season as Michigan’s head coach.

In true list form, here are the results of the Big Ten women’s basketball preseason awards:

2022-2023 BIG TEN PRESEASON WORKOUTS

1. Iowa

2. Ohio State

3. Indiana

4. Maryland

5. Michigan

2022-2023 ALL-BIG TEN PRESEASON COACHING TEAM

GRACE BERGER, Indiana State Graduate Student

Mackenzie Holmes, Sr., Indiana State

CAITLIN CLARK, jr., G, Iowa

MONICA CHINANO, 5, F/C, Iowa

Diamond Miller, Sr., G, Maryland

Leigha Brown, 5, Michigan

Alexis Markowski, So., C/F, Nebraska

TAYLOR MICHAEL, Sr., Ohio State

JACEY SHELDON, Sr., G, Ohio State

Makenna Marissa, Sr., PA

2022-2023 BIG TEN PRESEASON COACHING PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Caitlin Clark, jr., G, Iowa

BIG TEN MEDIA RANKINGS PRIOR TO THE 2022-2023 SEASON

1. Iowa

2. Indiana

3. Ohio State

4. Maryland

5. Nebraska

ALL-BIG TEN TEAM BEFORE THE 2022-2023 SEASON

Grace Berger, Indiana State Graduate Student

Mackenzie Holmes, Sr., Indiana State

CAITLIN CLARK, jr., G, Iowa

Monica Chinano, 5th, F/C, Iowa

Diamond Miller, Sr., G, Maryland

Leigha Brown, 5, Michigan

Alexis Markowski, So., C/F, Nebraska

Taylor Mikesell, Sr., Ohio State

JACEY SHELDON, Sr., G, Ohio State

Makenna Marissa, Sr., PA

2022-23 MEDIA TOP TEN PRE-SEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Caitlin Clark, jr., G, Iowa

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