Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Psu First in Big Ten

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Psu First in Big Ten

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Penn State might be favored to rule Big Ten women's basketball again, but coach Coquese Washington prefers to wait and see.

The defending regular season champions return four starters including preseason co-player of the year Alex Bentley.

"I don't think about it in terms of our preseason ranking and I never have," said Washington after the Nittany Lions were selected the top team Thursday at Big Ten media day. "It really doesn't matter where you are in October. What's important is how you get better [through] the season and how you end."

Washington carries a 92-67 career record into her sixth season.

Bentley shared top preseason player honors with Ohio State senior guard Tayler Hill, a 2011-12 Big Ten first team honoree.

Nebraska, picked second by coaches and media, returns four starters. Purdue, the reigning Big Ten tournament champion, was third among coaches, while Ohio State was third in media rankings.

Bentley, teammate Maggie Lucas and Hill plus Nebraska's Jordan Hooper were all-Big Ten last year and picked to the preseason coaches team. They're joined by Iowa's Morgan Johnson, Minnesota's Rachel Banham and Purdue's Courtney Moses.

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Penn State's Tim Frazier was picked for the preseason All-Big Ten men's team, joining Indiana's Cody Zeller, Michigan's Trey Burke, and Aaron Craft and Deshaun Thomas of Ohio State. Indiana was chosen the preseason favorite by the media.

* Kansas and Georgetown have agreed to play annually over the next four seasons with the first game scheduled for Dec. 21, 2013, at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks also will play host to the Hoyas in the '15-16 season. The two teams will play at the Verizon Center in Washington in '14-15 and '16-17.

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