Feb 16, 2014; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers forward Sam Dekker (15) blocks a shot by Michigan Wolverines forward Glenn Robinson III (1) in the first half at Crisler Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Big Ten basketball power rankings: Week 17

The Big 10 still maintains the top conference rating among the “advanced” metrics like KenPom and Sagarin, and there is reason for that. The conference is deep, it is talented, and it is well-coached, and all three of those attributes were on display this week.

At the top, there was little in the way of a shake-up, as last week’s #1 (Michigan) and #2 (Wisconsin) teams emerged from a duo of games unscathed. Neither squad garnered any blowout victories, but each of them won on the road in league play (not a small task), and it is fitting that they are battling it out for the top spot after the Wolverines and Badgers split their season series.

Behind them, though, it was a bit of a topsy-turvy week. Michigan State lost a 7-point decision (at home!) to Illinois over the weekend, while Iowa, Nebraska, and Ohio State each dropped a game in the last 7 days. This is a classic case of the middle teams in this conference beating up on each other, but it’s a safe bet that the NCAA Tournament committee will be able to see past the pure records to reflect quality of play.

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 (21-7, 13-3)
  2. Wisconsin (24-5, 11-5)
  3. Michigan State (22-7, 11-5)
  4. Ohio State (22-8, 9-8)
  5. Iowa (20-9, 9-7)
  6. Nebraska (17-11, 9-7)
  7. Indiana (17-12, 7-9)
  8. Illinois (17-12, 6-10)
  9. Minnesota (18-12, 7-10)
  10. Penn State (14-15, 5-11)
  11. Northwestern (12-17, 5-11)
  12. Purdue (15-14, 5-11)

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