Toppin received 34 of 65 votes for the award, this after being a unanimous selection as an All American this season. He beat out Luka Garza of Iowa, Markus Howard of Marquette, Payton Pritchard of Oregon, and Udoka Azibuike of Kansas in that order. The big man averaged 20 points and 7.5 rebounds this season while shooting 63 percent from the floor and 39 percent from three-point range. His consistent explosive play led Dayton to a top five ranking, 20 consecutive victories, and most likely would've been a top seed in March Madness.
For Grant, he earned 30 of the 65 possible votes, beating out Brian Dutcher of San Diego State and Leonard Hamilton of Florida State. Grant is a former player at Dayton and in his third season as their coach, leading them to a 29-2 record in a season that they were picked to finish third in the Atlantic-10 before the season. Their No. 3 ranking in the Top 25 was tied for the team's best finish in the AP Polls, tying the 1956 season, and leading to at least some hardware for the school to brag about.