Big Ten power rankings

1. WISCONSIN BADGERS (19-2, 7-1 BIG TEN)
The Badgers remain the class of the league, especially when playing at home. Wisconsin is winning Big Ten homes games by an average of 17.8 points per game, but has a loss at Rutgers and overtime win at Michigan. Home games this week vs. Indiana and Northwestern are unlikely to change that trend.

2. OHIO STATE BUCKEYES (17-5, 6-3)
The latest hot commodity in the Big Ten, the Buckeyes have shrugged off the “haven’t beat anybody” label with back-to-back impressive home wins against Indiana and Maryland. Now we’ll see if Ohio State can ride the momentum and D’Angelo Russell to road victories at Purdue and Rutgers this week.

3. INDIANA HOOSIERS (16-6, 6-3)
The Hoosiers got things going in the right direction again with a home win against Rutgers and are one of the more surprising teams of the first half of the conference campaign. A trip to Wisconsin is a tough way to start the second half, but regardless of the outcome, protecting home court Sunday vs. Michigan will be crucial.

4. MARYLAND TERRAPINS (18-4, 6-3)
The Terrapins have lost two of three and the lone win was the miracle comeback vs. Northwestern. Freshman Melo Trimble averaged just 6.5 points in the two losses, so getting him right will be big. The next chance comes when Penn State visits Wednesday ahead of another tough road trip to Iowa.

5. PURDUE BOILERMAKERS (14-8, 6-3)
Winners of three straight, the Boilermakers are surging right now, though surely regretting those non-conference losses to North Florida and Gardner-Webb. Purdue gets a shot at a third straight home win over a top 25 team when Ohio State visits Wednesday before a trip to scuffling Minnesota.

6. IOWA HAWKEYES (13-8, 4-4)
The Hawkeyes’ only game last week was against Wisconsin, and while things went better than in a 32-point loss at Madison, it still was a loss. The good news was the return of Aaron White (shoulder). Iowa will need him to win at Michigan Thursday before returning home for Maryland on Sunday.

7. MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS (15-7, 6-3)
An impressive road win at Rutgers was followed up by a less impressive overtime home win against rival Michigan, but two wins in a row is a start for the inconsistent Spartans. A mid-week bye is followed by a home date with Illinois on Saturday, giving Tom Izzo time to get his team organized for the second half of Big Ten play.

8. MICHIGAN WOLVERINES (13-9, 6-4)
No Caris LaVert, no Derrick Walton, no problem. Somehow the Wolverines keep on keeping on, despite the overtime loss in East Lansing. You still wonder if the injuries and reliance on freshmen don’t eventually take their toll. Michigan hosts Iowa Thursday and visits Indiana Sunday in what will be a big test.

9. NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS (12-9, 4-5)
The success the Cornhuskers were trying to build on hit a literal roadblock in losses at Michigan and Minnesota last week, thanks to offensive struggles producing just 44 and 42 points, respectively. Nebraska will try to turn that trend around by hosting Northwestern, then visiting Penn State this week.

10. ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI (14-8, 4-5)
Nothing easy about the way the Illini are winning games this season, but the bottom line is what matters now. Illinois survived a tussle with Penn State, thanks to Malcolm Hill’s heroics. Now the Illini have another must win when they host Rutgers before hitting the road to East Lansing to face Michigan State Saturday.

11. MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS (14-9, 3-7)
The Gophers took another tough loss on the road at Penn State last week but bounced back to beat Nebraska at home. Minnesota has won three of five, all three at home and both losses on the road. The Gophers need more than home wins to salvage the season but will settle for a win over visiting Purdue Saturday.

12. PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS (14-8, 2-7)
The Nittany Lions conquered Minnesota at home for a two-game winning streak but couldn’t close the deal on a road win in Champaign last weekend, their fourth road loss by six points or less. Penn State now has to visit talented conference newcomer Maryland before returning home to meet Nebraska.

13. RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS (10-11, 2-6)
Coach Eddie Jordan’s seen his club drop six straight games, though the effort at Indiana last weekend might have been the best for the Scarlet Knights in nearly two weeks. Rutgers must stay on the road at Illinois before finally returning home for Ohio State on Sunday, making it difficult to get back in the win column.

14. NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS (10-11, 1-7)
Losers of seven straight since winning their Big Ten opener at Rutgers, the Wildcats now are facing both a physical and mental battle every time out after six consecutive single-digit defeats. Coming off a home loss to Purdue, Northwestern will attempt to regroup on the road at Nebraska and Wisconsin this week.

14 comments

  1. iu at #3 and mich st at #7? can i have some of what you’re smoking? also, you may want to have a talk with your editor about the difference between literal and virtual. literally.

    1. That virtually made me laugh. Anyway, I think Michigan State is better than IU, but haven’t proved it yet in the body of work, just the head-to-head meeting.

  2. We don’t belong ahead of Michigan State and — I’d almost rather pluck my fingernails out one by one than admit this — but we really don’t belong ahead of Purdue, either. Both kicked our butts.

  3. Can we have the Women’s Big 10 power rankings sometime? There appears to be more comments on Scoop for the IU women’s team stories….In the spirit of such balance, could we possibly see some women reporters working for HT? Other than the ad of a woman in a very suggestive buttocks point up position on an exercise bench(caption: “Can you believe this woman is over 50 years old”), my Scoop comment sidebar is full of comment activity for a women’s hoop story…..Subtract out Harvard’s posts and it’s almost 9 out of every 10 comments dedicated to everything virtually on the other side of the ball…

    I wonder if the ‘v’ in coachv suggests virtually a coach…?

  4. Our record is indicative of where we exactly belong in the power rankings…We haven’t played MSU at home and we’ll likely bitch-slap the Spartans in same fashion on our home court as we received in East Lansing…We split with OSU…. There isn’t a BIG team that hasn’t had some ugly and unexpected losses.

    I’m actually anticipating a very tight game against the Badgers….No team in this down year for the BIG is Secretariat running in the Triple Crown.. These are all going to be races that don’t set much precedent for what’s to come the following week. A team finishing 6th in the standings will have just as much a chance of making noise in the NCAA a tournament as those in the top of any power rankings at any point of the regular season…These power rankings are rather meaningless in terms of how most of us measure the worth of a season…I actually like this team as a March Madness squad…I think they play with more moxie, possess a higher level of stamina than previous years teams, and carry a higher potential at upsetting overall stronger squads based on the full depth and array of quality shooters…If our boys get hot in March Madness, they might just ride that confidence much deeper than any team that appears currently the “most powerful” in the standings….Holt could be the real key..

  5. ^prediction made with no knowledge of Blackmon being sidelined…Scoop must be completely out of touch in communications with the team…

    I also made the prediction with little expectation Hoetzel gets PT…We need way less Max Hoetzel We need zero Max Hoetzel…We need Max Hoetzel to pack his bags and take Xanadu Diamonte with him….These self-proclaimed “it factor” California boys are soft, tiny shouldered, male models..They don’t, in any means whatsoever, belong with the talent and toughness level of even the most bottom-feeder of Big 10 teams….Take it back to California..Give it to the Pac 12 and Alford…Don’t bring that weak egotistical crap and embarrass Indiana ….

  6. Who used to wear #3…? Wasn’t it DJ White…? Wow..DJ had massive shoulders and a massive heart that didn’t know the meaning of soft or quit.. And now we put the #3 jersey on this guy..? “I’m Gumby…and that’s all you need to know. Don’t confuse my green for Steve Green….I don’t play defense…Why? Because I’m Gumby….and that’s all you need to know. I just do what I do…I do it clueless and happy and green….I do it for Crean..I’m Gumby and that’s all you need to know. When Dekker blew by me, I made sure he got my Gumby address to mail back my big Gumby shoes stuck in the court….Don’t be hard on me…I tried to hit him with one shoulder…It did nearly break out from under my shrunken clavicle to say hello to Sam…I’m Gumby’s shoulder…and that’s all you need to know.

  7. Power rankings right on the money. At some point Wiscy tried extending the lead to more than 30. They ried! And they could not — very proud of our boys. Crean needs an extension. This team is young. It’s a bridge year. If nobody gets injured in the next two practices he needs an extension. Indiana now plays a hysterical brand of basketball.

    Glass: forget football. Build a Carrier Dome in Bloomington and basketball will fill it up every time. Not sure about football. (Win today!) Power rankings right on the money. IU up one or two places after tonight.

  8. got enough proof now. jeremy?

    i think tsao may be pre-nam vintage

    i agree we should have big ten women’s power rankings. but i think they should be ranked on how hot the players are. when this site had pics of all the players on the right side of the screen i was dismayed at how unattractive they were. there is not ONE hot chick on the team! don’t even get me started on our cheerleaders. the pac ten and sec cheerleaders. now you’re talking

  9. yeah…Price following my post on the other thread(otherwise he probably wasn’t paying attention to MSU vs. Illinois).

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