Big Ten basketball power rankings: Week 13

Feb 2, 2014; Bloomington, IN, USA; Michigan Wolverines coach John Beilein coaching on the sidelines against the Indiana Hoosiers at Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Big 10 has been the best league in college basketball over the past couple of seasons, and this year is no different. However, it was certainly an up-and-down week for the “best of the best” in the league, and with that, there is a bit of a shake-up in our power rankings.

Last week, the Michigan Wolverines grabbed the #1 spot on the strength of their undefeated record, but on Sunday, Michigan fell at the hands of Indiana for their first blemish in conference play. Still, the Wolverines looked good in cruising past Purdue earlier in the week, and the talent level is certainly there for John Beilein’s club.

The #2 team from last week, Michigan State, also fell in an unexpected way over the weekend, as the Spartans dropped a non-conference game to Georgetown. In fairness, “Sparty” is quite banged up at the moment with injury issues, but nonetheless, if the conference tourney took place today, it would be tough to peg them for a deep run.

Behind the two teams from Michigan, Wisconsin lost twice this week (home games against Northwestern and Ohio State), while Iowa dropped a close decision to Michigan State and Minnesota also dropped two decisions. I can almost hear the national media clamping down on the Big 10 for “beating each other up”, but no matter how true that distinction is, it’s tough to evaluate the teams if they continue to balance each other out with losses.

  1. Michigan (16-5, 8-1)
  2. Michigan State (19-3, 8-1)
  3. Iowa (17-5, 6-3)
  4. Ohio State (17-5, 4-5)
  5. Wisconsin (17-5, 4-5)
  6. Indiana (14-8, 4-5)
  7. Minnesota (15-7, 4-5)
  8. Nebraska (11-9, 3-5)
  9. Northwestern (12-11, 5-5)
  10. Illinois (13-9, 2-7)
  11. Penn State (12-10, 3-6)
  12. Purdue (13-9, 3-6)

Topics: Illinois Fighting Illini, Indiana Hoosiers, Iowa Hawkeyes, Michigan State Spartans, Michigan Wolverines, Minnesota Golden Gophers, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Northwestern Wildcats, Ohio State Buckeyes, Penn State Nittany Lions, Purdue Boilermakers, Wisconsin Badgers

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  • Sasser

    Under what circumstances can you say NU is 9th in power rankings? Winners of 5 out of their last seven and three consecutive road wins against the likes of Minnesota, Wisconsin (a second-half pantsing, at that) and Indiana.

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