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

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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  • Excitableboy8

    How do you place Michigan ahead of Wisconsin when just 8 short days ago The Badgers ran Michigan out of their own gym? It wasn’t a fluke, it wasn’t a squeaker, it was a thumpin’. With the exception of a one-point loss to OSU three weeks ago, the Badgers have just run through the top half of the league and beaten them all.

    Please re-examine the top of your poll and report back at your convenience.

    • Brad Rowland

      It’s pretty convenient to dwell on the last match-up when Michigan beat Wisconsin in THEIR home building just 4 weeks prior. Let’s not focus on 1-game samples when evaluating teams.

  • simplejack

    Not sure which 7 teams MIchigan has lost to but UW beat them easily- in their house. You should also consider UW wins over Florida- ranked #1, Virginia #12 and St Louis #10, AND, their strength of schedule is the most difficult in the Big Ten. So why is Michigan better again?

    • Jerico Biermann

      Prognosticators are confused of the 1-5 stretch last two weeks of January. The team had a bad flu epidemic. This Badger team can beat anyone in the country.

  • Jerico Biermann

    People don’t realize that the last 2 weeks of January this Badger team had a flu epidemic. This team has beaten No.1 Flofida, big ranked Virginia and pretty much everyone in the big ten save that last flu game vs OSU which they had but lost by 1. OSU would lose by 20 today. Underestimate the best team in the country, watch and see.