1) Michigan Wolverines
The Wolverines are coming off a great win capped off by a great road win over the Ohio State Buckeyes on Sunday. The most impressive part of the win was how many Wolverines contributed to the victory. Over the next few days, the Wolverines will host Iowa and travel to Indiana in two games they will be favored in.
2) Ohio State Buckeyes
Even with the home loss to Michigan, the Buckeyes have won ten of their last 12 games, including six straight road wins.
3) Illinois Fighting Illini
The Illini were red-hot until a Monday night trip to Michigan State where they laid the proverbial egg. That notwithstanding, the Illini are as talented as any team in the nation and will be a tough out come tournament time.
4) Iowa Hawkeyes
The Hawkeyes have been hot as of late, and a trip to Michigan on Thursday night awaits. That game will tell us exactly where the Hawkeyes stand.
5) Purdue Boilermakers
The top four teams on this list are National Championship contenders. While Purdue is not that, they are still a very good team that can beat anyone on any given night, but much like the rest of this list, they can lose to anybody.
6) Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Back-to-back losses last week and it looked bad for Rutgers, but last night after a slow start the Scarlet Knights got back on track and look to be a dangerous team for the rest of the season.
7) Wisconsin Badgers
The Badgers were spotty last week and only have one game this week. That matchup is against Illinois, and the Badgers could use a high-profile elite win.
8) Maryland Terrapins
The Terps had a great week last week with wins over Nebraska and Rutgers and are seemingly now at least on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament.
9) Michigan State Spartans
It must be getting close to March because here comes Tom Izzo and his Spartans. The Spartans were left for dead a week ago but a win at Indiana and a home upset of Illinois gave the Spartans life again.
10) Indiana Hoosiers
The Hoosiers are a mess. Why, you might ask? Archie Miller. It’s time for the Archie Miller experiment to come to an end in Hoosier land.
11) Penn State Nittany Lions
Penn State played well last week but came up a little short against Ohio State and Iowa. They are a solid team but are not good enough to finish these games off.
12) Minnesota Golden Gophers
Time is running out for the Gophers, and I don’t see this team being good enough to make a run at March madness.
13) Nebraska Cornhuskers
Nebraska is not very good and most years would be ranked dead last in the Big Ten.
14) Northwestern Wildcats
Thirteen straight losses have turned a surprising season into a year of misery.