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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings 12/12/22

Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings 12/12/22

Publish Date: 12/12/2022
Fact checked by: Simon Briffa

Big Ten Power Rankings

The Big Ten looked a little down headed into this season, but things have changed as the Big Ten looks to be a deep conference with a few teams able to make a deep run into the NCAA Tournament.

14) Minnesota Golden Gophers

The Gophers are the only Big Ten team under .500, and it looks like they will stay that way for the rest of the year.

Video: Michigan at Minnesota | Highlights | Big Ten Men's Basketball | Dec. 8, 2022

Michigan at Minnesota | Highlights | Big Ten Men’s Basketball | Dec. 8, 2022

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13) Nebraska Cornhuskers

Although Nebraska isn’t particularly strong, they can still beat any team in the league. The Cornhuskers haven’t suffered a loss yet this season that would be considered a bad loss, and they have a noteworthy top-10 road victory over Creighton. They almost upset Purdue on Saturday, so they are a team that can ruin your evening if you don’t look out for them. Check out the top Basketball odds.

Video: Nebraska vs #7 Creighton Basketball Game Highlights 12 4 2022

Nebraska vs #7 Creighton Basketball Game Highlights 12 4 2022

12) Northwestern Wildcats

After the shock victory over Michigan State earlier in the month, Spartans fans and the rest of the Big Ten know what Northwestern can do. However, I am still skeptical about this team’s long-term success in the league. The Wildcats, like Nebraska, are dangerous and will cause some upsets. But at the moment, nothing more.

Video: Northwestern at Michigan State | Highlights | Big Ten Men's Basketball | Dec. 4, 2022

Northwestern at Michigan State | Highlights | Big Ten Men’s Basketball | Dec. 4, 2022

11) Michigan Wolverines

The Wolverines have no big wins yet and have struggled with some mid-major teams. I expected the Wolverines to improve, but I expected them to be good at this point of the season, and I was wrong.

Video: #20 Michigan vs Pitt | 2022 College Basketball Highlights

#20 Michigan vs Pitt | 2022 College Basketball Highlights

10) Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Rutgers is a good team, and they will be a tough out at home, as they already demonstrated to the Indiana Hoosiers. I think the Scarlet Knights will slowly move up these rankings as the year progresses and will challenge for an NCAA Tournament spot.

Video: Seton Hall at Rutgers | Highlights | Big Ten Men's Basketball | Dec. 11, 2022

Seton Hall at Rutgers | Highlights | Big Ten Men’s Basketball | Dec. 11, 2022

9) Michigan State Spartans

These power rankings would be higher for a healthy Michigan State team at its full potential. The Spartans are now in a good place after scoring a pair of wins. I think this team ends up top five once they get healthy.

Video: Michigan State vs Penn State Basketball Game Highlights 12 7 2022

Michigan State vs Penn State Basketball Game Highlights 12 7 2022

8) Iowa Hawkeyes

The Hawkeyes were beaten 2 out of three this past week as they beat Iowa State (win) and lost to Duke and Wisconsin.Β  While they won’t be happy with those results, they should be optimistic about the team’s long-term potential. Remember, they are playing without star Kris Murray.

Video: Iowa vs. Duke Men's Basketball Highlights (2022-2023)

Iowa vs. Duke Men’s Basketball Highlights (2022-2023)

7) Penn State Nittany Lions

The Nittany Lions won a huge road win over Illinois this weekend and seem talented enough to pick up more similar wins throughout conference play. The Nittany Lions have the feel of an NCAA Tournament team.

Video: Penn State at Illinois | Highlights | Big Ten Men's Basketball | Dec. 10, 2022

Penn State at Illinois | Highlights | Big Ten Men’s Basketball | Dec. 10, 2022

6) Ohio State Buckeyes

Ohio State has enjoyed a quietly great start to the year. The Buckeyes had wins at the Maui Invitational, beating Texas Tech and Cincinnati. They also opened Big Ten play by winning a thrilling win over Rutgers.

Video: Rutgers at Ohio State | Highlights | Big Ten Men's Basketball | Dec. 8, 2022

Rutgers at Ohio State | Highlights | Big Ten Men’s Basketball | Dec. 8, 2022

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5) Maryland Terrapins

Maryland ranks right up there alongside Purdue and Wisconsin as this year’s biggest surprise in the Big Ten. Although the Terps started the year with eight consecutive wins, they did lose their last two games to Tennessee and Wisconsin this week.

Video: Maryland at Wisconsin | Highlights | Big Ten Men's Basketball | Dec. 6, 2022

Maryland at Wisconsin | Highlights | Big Ten Men’s Basketball | Dec. 6, 2022

4) Illinois Fighting Illini

It has been an interesting few days for Illinois, who beat No.2 Texas and followed up with a loss to Penn State by double-digits at home. The Fighting Illini are a formidable team with the potential to win the Big Ten. They also have the highest ceiling in the conference. However, they are inconsistent from one game to the next, hindering them from reaching their ceiling. Check out the top basketball betting sites.

Video: Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Texas Longhorns | Full Game Highlights

Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Texas Longhorns | Full Game Highlights

3) Indiana Hoosiers

Preseason Big Ten favorites have performed admirably so far, with only two slip-ups. Despite not looking great against Arizona, Indiana still has the pieces to win the Big Ten title.

Video: Nebraska at Indiana | Highlights | Big Ten Men's Basketball | Dec. 7, 2022

Nebraska at Indiana | Highlights | Big Ten Men’s Basketball | Dec. 7, 2022

2) Wisconsin Badgers

The Badgers are off to a strong start and could be ranked among the top 10 if not for a close loss to Kansas. Wisconsin is again a top Big Ten team.

Video: Wisconsin vs #3 Kansas Basketball Game Highlights 11 24 2022

Wisconsin vs #3 Kansas Basketball Game Highlights 11 24 2022

1) Purdue Boilermakers

Purdue has had a fantastic start to the season with a perfect record of 10-0.Β This includes notable wins over Marquette, Gonzaga, West Virginia and Duke.

Video: Duke at Purdue | Extended Highlights | Big Ten Men's Basketball | Nov. 27, 2022

Duke at Purdue | Extended Highlights | Big Ten Men’s Basketball | Nov. 27, 2022

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