Feb 23, 2014; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines forward Glenn Robinson III (1) dunks in the second half against the Michigan State Spartans at Crisler Arena. Michigan 79-70. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Big Ten basketball power rankings: Week 16

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For my money, the Big 10 has been the best college basketball league in the country this season, and the two best teams in the league faced off in an epic on Sunday afternoon. Michigan held serve with a 79-70 victory over Michigan State in Ann Arbor, and with that, the Wolverines take the driver’s seat from a standings standpoint. It was the one and only appearance for “Go Blue” this week, but the Spartans were fortunate enough to win a game against Purdue earlier in the week, and that is reflected below.

Outside of the state of Michigan, the biggest game in the conference this week was between last week’s #2 (Iowa) and #3 (Wisconsin) teams. However, there was a bit of a shake-up as Bo Ryan’s Badgers went into Iowa’s home building and knocked off the Hawkeyes, setting them up to make a jump in the rankings.

Behind them, the “middle tier” of Ohio State and Nebraska continued their winning streaks, as the Buckeyes have now won 3 straight with the Cornhuskers’ string rising to 5 games as they continue their late assault on a potential at-large bid in the tournament. The bottom of the league also took a shake-up this week, as Northwestern has gone firmly into the tank and the basement of the league saw some upset victories.

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 (19-7, 11-3)
  2. Wisconsin (22-5, 9-5)
  3. Michigan State (22-6, 11-4)
  4. Iowa (19-7, 8-5)
  5. Ohio State (22-6, 9-6)
  6. Nebraska (16-10, 8-6)
  7. Minnesota (17-11, 6-9)
  8. Indiana (15-11, 5-8)
  9. Northwestern (12-16, 5-10)
  10. Illinois (15-12, 4-10)
  11. Penn State (13-14, 4-10)
  12. Purdue (15-12, 5-9)
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