Jan 25, 2014; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach John Beilein reacts to a play during the 2nd half of a game at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Michigan won 80-75. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Big Ten basketball power rankings: week 12


The week that was in the Big Ten conference featured no shortage of great games and it began with an upset as the Nebraska Cornhuskers defeated the No. 17 Ohio State Buckeyes in what proved as a sign of things to come in the conference’s slate of games this week.

Tuesday’s games saw the No. 3 Michigan State Spartans avoid the upset at the hands of the Indiana Hoosiers as they picked up a five-point win and the Northwestern Wildcats picked up a much-needed win over the Purdue Boilermakers.

Wednesday saw two upsets of top-10 teams as the Minnesota Golden Gophers beat the No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers and the No. 21 Michigan Wolverines knocking off the No. 10 Iowa Hawkeyes.

Thursday saw the Buckeyes snap their four game losing streak and extend the losing streak of the Illinois Fighting Illini to five and the Penn State Nittany Lions downing the Cornhuskers.

Saturday featured four ranked conference opponents in action as Wisconsin and Iowa each got back in the win column with wins over Purdue and Northwestern, respectively.

However, the biggest game of the weekend was between the Wolverines and Spartans as the Wolverines picked up their straight over a top-1o opponent, and second vs. the No. 3 team in the country in that same span and extended their winning streak to nine games.

Sunday saw the Hoosiers extend the Illini’s losing streak to six games and Nebraska picked up a big win over the Gophers.

Here is how the Big Ten power rankings shake out for this week. Sound off in the comments section below with your thoughts on who you believe is ranked too high or too low.

  1. Michigan (15-4, 7-0)
  2. Michigan State (18-2, 7-1)
  3. Wisconsin (17-3, 4-3)
  4. Iowa (16-4, 5-2)
  5. Minnesota (15-6, 4-4)
  6. Ohio State (16-4, 3-4)
  7. Indiana (13-7, 3-4)
  8. Purdue (13-7, 3-4)
  9. Northwestern (10-11, 3-5)
  10. Illinois (13-8, 2-4)
  11. Nebraska (10-9, 2-5)
  12. Penn State (10-10, 1-6)

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