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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings 2/27/23

Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings 2/27/23

Publish Date: 02/27/2023
Fact checked by: Simon Briffa

The final week of the regular season

As we head into the season’s final week, Purdue has clinched at least a share of the Big Ten Championship. Minnesota has clinched last; it looks like. Multiple teams seemingly are sitting on the bubble as we head into the final week and almost all of this week’s games are huge when it comes to seeding for the Big Ten tournament.

14) Minnesota Golden Gophers

The Gophers have had a miserable season, and it continued last week. Illinois and Maryland beat the Gophers. The Gophers have played hard this season they just don’t have the talent to compete in the Big Ten.

Video: Minnesota vs Illinois Basketball Game Highlights 2 20 2023

Minnesota vs Illinois Basketball Game Highlights 2 20 2023

13) Ohio State Buckeyes

The Buckeyes have been in a tailspin for well over a month, and they started off last week with a loss to Penn State at home, but they finally got back in the win column against the Illinois Fighting Illini.

Video: Illinois vs Ohio State Basketball Game Highlights 2 26 2023

Illinois vs Ohio State Basketball Game Highlights 2 26 2023

12) Wisconsin Badgers

The Badgers started the week with a massive win over Iowa but finished with a loss at Michigan. The Badgers have a game against Purdue, and if they want to have any shot at the NCAA Tournament, it will be a must-win.

Video: Iowa at Wisconsin | Highlights | Big Ten Men's Basketball | Feb. 22, 2023

Iowa at Wisconsin | Highlights | Big Ten Men’s Basketball | Feb. 22, 2023

11) Penn State Nittany Lions

A road win against Ohio State helped the Nittany Lions shot at getting into March Madness but a Sunday home loss to Rutgers hurt matters. Penn State is a good basketball team, but they are running out of time.

Video: Penn State vs Ohio State Basketball Game Highlights 2 23 2023

Penn State vs Ohio State Basketball Game Highlights 2 23 2023

10) Nebraska Cornhuskers

The Cornhuskers have been the most improved team since the start of the season and are now above .500. They only played one game last week as they took care of Minnesota.

Video: Minnesota at Nebraska | Highlights | Big Ten Men's Basketball | Feb. 25, 2023

Minnesota at Nebraska | Highlights | Big Ten Men’s Basketball | Feb. 25, 2023

9) Michigan Wolverines

Amazingly, a team with this much talent struggles to get into the tournament. The Wolverines got a huge road win at Rutgers and a home win against Wisconsin. The Wolverines are a dangerous team, and they get a shot at a quad-one-road win against Indiana this weekend.

Video: Michigan at Rutgers | Extended Highlights | Big Ten Men's Basketball | Feb. 23, 2023

Michigan at Rutgers | Extended Highlights | Big Ten Men’s Basketball | Feb. 23, 2023

8) Michigan State Spartans

The Spartans started the week out with a dominating quad-one win over Indiana. They gave all of that away by blowing a thirteen-point lead with 90 seconds left against Iowa on Saturday. The Spartans must secure a few wins over the next two weeks to safely make the Tournament.

Video: Indiana at Michigan State | Highlights | Big Ten Men's Basketball | Feb. 21, 2023

Indiana at Michigan State | Highlights | Big Ten Men’s Basketball | Feb. 21, 2023

7) Illinois Fighting Illini

The Illini did what the Illini do; they started out the week with a big win against Northwestern and finished with an atrocious double-digit loss at Ohio State. You never know which Illini team will show up.

Video: #21 Northwestern vs Illinois Basketball Game Highlights 2 23 2023

#21 Northwestern vs Illinois Basketball Game Highlights 2 23 2023

6) Iowa Hawkeyes

Iowa had an improbable comeback win against Michigan State; too bad they started the week out with a bad double-digit loss at Wisconsin. Barring a collapse in the next two weeks, the hawkeyes should be in the tournament field.

Video: Michigan State vs Iowa CRAZY Ending | 2023 College Basketball

Michigan State vs Iowa CRAZY Ending | 2023 College Basketball

5) Rutgers Scarlet Knights

The Scarlet Knights played awful in a double-digit home loss to Michigan but followed that up with a nice road win at Penn State.

Video: Rutgers at Penn State | Highlights | Big Ten Men's Basketball | Feb. 26, 2023

Rutgers at Penn State | Highlights | Big Ten Men’s Basketball | Feb. 26, 2023

4) Northwestern Wildcats

The Wildcats had a real shot at their first Big Ten Basketball championship. Unfortunately, they blew that chance with two bad losses at Illinois and Maryland.

Video: Northwestern at Illinois | Highlights | Big Ten Men's Basketball | Feb. 23, 2023

Northwestern at Illinois | Highlights | Big Ten Men’s Basketball | Feb. 23, 2023

3) Maryland Terrapins

Maryland had a great week as they blew out Minnesota and Northwestern at home this past week. The Terps are one of the biggest surprises in the Big Ten this season.

Video: Northwestern at Maryland | Highlights | Big Ten Men's Basketball | Feb. 26, 2023

Northwestern at Maryland | Highlights | Big Ten Men’s Basketball | Feb. 26, 2023

2) Purdue Boilermakers

Purdue has been stumbling the past couple of weeks, and the bottom fell out on Saturday night as the Indiana Hoosiers manhandled them at home. Purdue is a dangerous team, but the guard play must improve if the Boilermakers want to advance to the second weekend of March madness.

Video: Purdue Men’s Basketball Postgame Press Conference | Feb. 25, 2023

Purdue Men’s Basketball Postgame Press Conference | Feb. 25, 2023

1) Indiana Hoosiers

The Hoosiers have been the best team this season’s second half. The win over Purdue was huge as the Hoosiers had not won at Mackey arena in a decade. The Hoosiers did it with out the normal dominating performance from Trayce Jackson Davis as Jalen Hood Schifino, Miller Kopp, and Trey Galloway picked up the slack. If those three continue to play at a high level the Hoosiers are a threat to make a deep run in March.

Video: Indiana UPSETS No. 5 Purdue, Completes SEASON SWEEP [FULL GAME RECAP] | CBS Sports

Indiana UPSETS No. 5 Purdue, Completes SEASON SWEEP [FULL GAME RECAP] | CBS Sports

 

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