While there have been weeks where I’ve dreaded the day I had to submit my Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, I feel as if the play on the floor and the standings are starting to clarify some things as we head into the second half of the conference season.
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Big Ten co-leader and No. 13 Ohio State moves up nine spots in the latest AP poll, released Monday. The Buckeyes, who are 8-0 in the Big Ten, have gone from unranked to No. 13 in two weeks.
Fifteen former Big Ten stars are on the active roster for Super Bowl LII. Five-time Super Bowl champion and former Michigan QB Tom Brady highlights the collection of one-time Big Ten standouts. The future Hall of Famer is making his eighth Super Bowl appearance.
No shortage of good matchups this week, including a clash between ranked teams in Mackey Arena when Michigan visits Purdue on Thursday. Here is a look at the best of the coming week.
Penn State had one of the most dynamic offenses in the nation last season, finishing No. 2 in the Big Ten in scoring (41.1 ppg) and No. 2 in total offense (460.3 ypg). The defense also did its part, ranking No. 2 in scoring (16.5 ppg) and No. 5 overall (329.5 ypg).
Moe Wagner scored 16 points and Duncan Robinson added 12 to lift No. 23 Michigan to a 62-47 victory over Rutgers on Sunday.
As we wade deeper in January, this much is clear: Purdue looks like a Final Four team. In fact, no squad in America is hotter, as the Boilermakers have won 15 in a row. This much also is clear: Ohio State, which is tied with Purdue atop the standings, is for real.
Vic Law had 18 points and Scottie Lindsey scored 13 to lead Northwestern to a 70-61 victory over Penn State on Saturday afternoon.
It's been 25 years since the Iowa community lost men's basketball player Chris Street. On Saturday, the Hawkeyes honored their former star who was killed on Jan. 19, 1993, when his car was hit by a snowplow.
No. 22 Ohio State picked up a 67-49 win over Minnesota Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. Keita Bates-Diop paced the Buckeyes with 17 points and 12 rebounds while Kaleb Wesson added 15 points and eight boards.