Feb 15, 2014; University Park, PA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes forward Darius Stokes (L) and forward Kyle Meyer (R) celebrate from the bench in the second half against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Bryce Jordan Center. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Big Ten basketball power rankings: Week 15

No one in the nation’s best basketball conference is immune to being upset on a given day, and the Michigan State Spartans felt that wrath on Sunday afternoon. Tom Izzo’s club was bitten by Nebraska in East Lansing, and while they still own a share of the lead in the standings with a 10-3 mark, a bit of the mystique for this year’s club has been erased with that type of unexpected loss.

Following Sparty, the Iowa Hawkeyes (last week’s #2 team) and the Wisconsin Badgers (last week’s #4 team) went unblemished, but around them, there was a bit of chaos. Wisconsin knocked off Michigan in convincing fashion on the road, and that combined with 4 straight wins gives Bo Ryan’s team a good deal of momentum. Ohio State lost to their chief rival (Michigan) earlier in the week, but bounced back with a solid road win in Champagne over Illinois, and the Buckeyes were able to maintain their spot in the pecking order as a result.

The bottom of this week’s look received a shake-up, and that is mostly on the back of Illinois. Unfortunately for John Groce, it was a negative shake-up, as the Illini have now lost 10 out of 11 games, and while neither of this week’s defeats were inexcusable, they’ve plummeted to the basement.

It’s once again time to flame the composer of these rankings, and without further ado, here’s a look at this week’s list:

  1. Michigan State (21-5, 10-3)
  2. Iowa (19-6, 8-4)
  3. Wisconsin (21-5, 8-5)
  4. Michigan (18-7, 10-3)
  5. Ohio State (20-6, 7-6)
  6. Nebraska (14-10, 6-6)
  7. Minnesota (16-9, 5-7)
  8. Northwestern (12-13, 5-7)
  9. Penn State (13-13, 4-9)
  10. Indiana (14-11, 4-8)
  11. Purdue (15-10, 5-7)
  12. Illinois (14-12, 3-10)

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