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Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings 12/20/22

Publish Date: 12/20/2022
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14) Minnesota Golden Gophers

Minnesota ended a five-game losing streak with a win over Arkansas Pine Bluff. After a difficult stretch, the Golden Gophers needed a double-digit win. Unfortunately, big ten conference play starts soon, which spells trouble for a bad Minnesota team.

Video: Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Minnesota | Highlights | Big Ten Men's Basketball | Dec. 14, 2022

Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Minnesota | Highlights | Big Ten Men’s Basketball | Dec. 14, 2022

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13) Nebraska Cornhuskers

Despite another loss, Nebraska is still one spot ahead of the Big Ten basement. The Cornhuskers lost their only game of the week against Kansas State, a matchup on a neutral court.

 

12) Michigan Wolverines

Michigan continues to find a way to win in low-quality performances. This week, it was against Lipscomb. The Wolverines struggled but eventually won the game. Big Ten conference play looks like it will be a long hard road for an under-performing Wolverines team.

Video: Lipscomb vs Michigan Basketball Game Highlights 12 17 2022

Lipscomb vs Michigan Basketball Game Highlights 12 17 2022

11) Northwestern Wildcats

In their one game this week, Northwestern beat DePaul cross-city rival. Although this won’t be a game that defines the season, it is a win nonetheless. The Wildcats continue to accumulate victories and are in a position to compete for an NCAA Tournament bid if successful in conference play. Check out the best college basketball betting sites.

Video: Men's Basketball - 'Cats Rout DePaul 83-45 for Rivalry Victory (12/17/22)

Men’s Basketball – ‘Cats Rout DePaul 83-45 for Rivalry Victory (12/17/22)

10) Maryland Terrapins

The Maryland team’s rapid start to the season is now at a halt. This week, the Terps lost by almost 30 points against UCLA at home. Maryland is now down for three consecutive losses and will be looking to rebound against Saint Peter’s next week.

Video: #16 UCLA vs #20 Maryland Basketball Game Highlights 12 14 2022

#16 UCLA vs #20 Maryland Basketball Game Highlights 12 14 2022

9) Iowa Hawkeyes

Iowa was on the floor once this week, but they looked great in their one game against Southeast Missouri State. They won by 31 points. Once Kris Murray is back in the lineup, the Hawkeyes will have the offensive firepower they need to climb these rankings.

Video: SE Missouri St. at Iowa | Highlights | Big Ten Men's Basketball | Dec. 17, 2022

SE Missouri St. at Iowa | Highlights | Big Ten Men’s Basketball | Dec. 17, 2022

8) Rutgers Scarlet Knights

In their only action this week, Rutgers defeated Wake Forest with a convincing win. This win was necessary for the Scarlet Knights to strengthen their NCAA Tournament resume.

Video: Wake Forest vs Rutgers Basketball Game Highlights 12 17 2022

Wake Forest vs Rutgers Basketball Game Highlights 12 17 2022

7) Michigan State Spartans

After a difficult start to the year, the Spartans were able to take the week off. As their last non-conference games for the year, Michigan State will play Oakland on Wednesday night and Buffalo next week.

6) Penn State Nittany Lions

Penn State trounced Canisius to improve its record to 8-3 and remain in contention for an NCAA Tournament bid. The Nittany Lions have been a surprise so far this season and look like a serious contender to make it into March Madness.

Video: Canisius at Penn State | Highlights | Big Ten Men’s Basketball | Dec. 18, 2022

Canisius at Penn State | Highlights | Big Ten Men’s Basketball | Dec. 18, 2022

5) Indiana Hoosiers

The Hoosiers have solid wins against Xavier and North Carolina. They have followed that up with convincing losses to Arizona and Kansas. The health of Xavier Johnson is up in the air, and the Hoosiers have many questions to answer after a lackluster effort in Kansas.

Video: #14 Indiana vs #8 Kansas | 2022 College Basketball Highlights

#14 Indiana vs #8 Kansas | 2022 College Basketball Highlights

4) Illinois Fighting Illini

Like many other Big Ten teams this week, Illinois had a tune-up matchup and won. Although the Fighting Illini did sleepwalk a little in the second half to allow Alabama A&M to get back into the game, it was not surprising. Consistency will be the key in conference play for the Illini. Check out the top basketball odds.

Video: Alabama A&M at Illinois | Highlights | Men’s Basketball | Dec. 17, 2022

Alabama A&M at Illinois | Highlights | Men’s Basketball | Dec. 17, 2022

3) Ohio State Buckeyes

On Saturday, Ohio State lost one to North Carolina. Although the Buckeyes were only on the court once this week, they looked poised to win big over the Tar Heels but couldn’t finish the game. Overall, this impressive performance proves the Buckeyes to be one of the top teams in the league.

Video: North Carolina vs #23 Ohio State Basketball Game Highlights 12 17 2022

North Carolina vs #23 Ohio State Basketball Game Highlights 12 17 2022

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2) Wisconsin Badgers

Wisconsin won their only game this week with a win over Lehigh by double digits. The Badgers are still at the top of the Big Ten and won’t be tested again until their trip to Illinois on January 7.

Video: Lehigh vs #22 Wisconsin Basketball Game Highlights 12 15 2022

Lehigh vs #22 Wisconsin Basketball Game Highlights 12 15 2022

1) Purdue Boilermakers

Purdue fought back the upset bid by Davidson with a strong performance by Zach Edey. Purdue remains unbeaten on the year and is now in the top spot of our power rankings by a good margin.

Video: Davidson vs #1 Purdue Basketball Game Highlights 12 17 2022

Davidson vs #1 Purdue Basketball Game Highlights 12 17 2022

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