Who would have thought Maryland would be the top team in the Big Ten through about a month of conference action? I thought the Terrapins would be a darkhorse contender to win the conference, but I didn’t think they’d put up this type of a start. Mark Turgeon has done an exceptional job once again after losing Robert Carter, Rasheed Sulaimon, Diamond Stone and Jake Layman.
Melo Trimble returned as the junior leader and starting point guard and is currently one of the top Big Ten Player of the Year candidates. Couple him with a few top-100 recruits from the 2016 class and you have a decent team. Maryland won its only game last week against Iowa on the road, improving to 5-1 in conference play and jumping to No. 22 in the country.
From an unexpected Big Ten contender to the team that everyone thought would run away with the conference title. Wisconsin was expected to win the Big Ten before the season began because of returning stars like Bronson Koenig, Nigel Hayes and Ethan Happ. All three have been phenomenal this season and the Badgers are right where they should be.
Wisconsin did have a tough week against Michigan and Minnesota, though. The Badgers nearly blew home-court advantage against the Wolverines, coming from behind to win by four. They also needed overtime to beat the suddenly-struggling Golden Gophers on the road. A 2-0 week could have easily been 0-2.