The Gophers dropped to 6-8, but they played competitively in losses to Wisconsin and Nebraska. They will, at some point upset somebody in the Big Ten, but they will almost surely stay last all year in these Rankings!
The Cornhuskers got a hard-fought road win against Minnesota, and the Cornhuskers have a solid team. The issue right now is consistency, and until they find that, they will be a dangerous team to play with and nothing else.
After five straight losses against power conference teams, Maryland got a much-needed win on Sunday over the Ohio State Buckeyes.
The Nittany Lions lost a tough one at Michigan earlier in the week, and then they could not hold off Purdue after gaining a halftime advantage. Indiana vs Penn State this week is a massive game for both teams.
Michigan saw its two-game win streak snapped against rival Michigan State on Saturday, but they did pick up a nice win over Penn State earlier in the week.
The preseason Big Ten favorites have fallen on tough times as injury has hurt this team’s ability to get wins. Trayce Jackson Davis showed incredible toughness on Sunday, playing through a back injury and giving the Hoosiers a chance of winning the game. But sloppy ball handling doomed the Hoosiers in a one-point loss to Northwestern. The Hoosiers, even with injuries, have plenty of talent to win, but they need to find the right combination of players to put on the court quickly before the season gets out of hand.
The Hawkeyes looked like an NIT team coming into this week but wins over Indiana and Rutgers have this team back on track. Defense is still an issue but this team can put the ball in the bucket.
Illinois started the week getting abused by Northwestern, but they rebounded to take down Wisconsin over the weekend. This is a talented team, but they have a lot of issues.
It was a bad week for the Buckeyes as they fell to Purdue in a game they should have won. Things got worse on Saturday as the Buckeyes lost on the road to Maryland, a team that had lost five straight games against power conference teams.
Wisconsin lost leading scorer Tyler Wahl to an ankle injury against Minnesota — which caused him to miss the matchup with Illinois. It’s unclear how much time he’ll miss, but Wisconsin needs him back in the lineup to be a true conference championship contender. The Badgers barely survived in Minnesota and were blown out by a slumping Illinois team.
The Knights were the first team to knock off Purdue, and they followed that up with a win over Maryland. The Knights took a small step back this past weekend with a home loss to Iowa.
Is northwestern really at number 3? I don’t think I have ever seen that, but it is happening! They blew out Illinois and then went to Bloomington and beat the Hoosiers. I do not think they will stay this high, but they have a real shot at being an NCAA Tournament team.
The Spartans got two expected home wins last week, but now the road gets more demanding. The Spartans will play three very good teams over the next eight days — at Wisconsin, at Illinois and home vs Purdue. I expect the Spartans to get two out of three in this 8-day span.
Purdue bounced back from Monday’s loss against Rutgers by beating Ohio State and Penn State. The Boilermakers are still the clear number one in these rankings.
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