Power Rankings: There's a new No. 1 team

It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for my latest Big Ten Power Rankings. There’s a new No. 1 team on the list following Indiana’s loss to Butler on Saturday in the Crossroads Classic.

How far did the Hoosiers drop as a result of the loss? Find out in this post.

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1. Michigan, 11-0 – How’s this for a start? The Wolverines have topped Pittsburgh, Kansas State, North Carolina State, Arkansas and West Virginia, teams with a combined 33-14 record (.702), by an average of 10.8 points per game.
Last week: No. 2

2. Indiana, 9-1 – The way some are reacting to Saturday’s loss, you’d think Indiana was blown out of the gym by a struggling lower-rung team. This was a two-point overtime loss to Butler (8-2) – an instate rival that also happened to hit 11-of-24 treys.
Last week: No. 1

3. Ohio State, 8-1 – If sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross continues his recent play – 51% FG, 14.8 points, seven rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals the past four games – the Buckeyes have more than enough talent to compete with just about anyone.
Last week: No. 3

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4. Minnesota, 11-1 – Here’s how good the Gophers are: Trevor Mbakwe still comes off the bench. With all respect to Indiana’s Will Sheehey, no Big Ten team features a reserve like Mbakwe. The guy just pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds in 21 minutes after all.
Last week: No. 4

Jenison Field House5. Illinois, 12-0 – The Illini, as many have said, are playing to their level of competition. It’s a dangerous way to live, but Illinois is a Big Ten-best 12-0. This team will continue to surprise – as long as Brandon Paul shoots his current 46 percent, as opposed to career 38 percent.
Last week: No. 5

6. Michigan State, 9-2 – In Derrick Nix and Adreian Payne, Michigan State boasts length and size that few teams can match. Each big man compiled an impressive double-double Saturday night, with Nix going for 11 and 13 and Payne 12 and 10.
Last week: No. 6

7. Iowa, 9-2Devyn Marble (30) and Mike Gesell (23) accounted for 53 of Iowa’s 80 points in Saturday’s win over Northern Iowa. That’s 66 percent of the team’s scoring. The best part, perhaps: 21 of the points came via the free-throw line.
Last week: No. 7

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8. Wisconsin, 7-4 – The recent insertion of Sam Dekker into the starting lineup is a smart move. Bo Ryan and the Badgers need more playmakers out on the floor, and the true freshman gives them just that.
Last week: No. 8

9. Northwestern, 7-3Drew Crawford‘s season-ending shoulder injury is a tough one to swallow. Coupled with JerShon Cobb’s suspension, the Wildcats now are without two of their better players. It’s time to see what Reggie Hearn can do in the lead role.
Last week: No. 9

10. Purdue, 4-6 – As nice and unexpected as freshman Raphael Davis‘ coming out party was in the loss to Notre Dame (8-of-9, 21 points), Matt Painter’s team lacks any sort of offensive consistency.
Last week: No. 10

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11. Nebraska, 6-3 – Nebraska’s losses have come against quality foes – Kent State (5-5), Creighton (10-1) and Oregon (9-1) – but it’d be nice to see it be more competitive. The Huskers have lost by an average of 19.3 points, the closest a 14-point decision to Kent State.
Last week: No. 11

12. Penn State, 6-4 – The positive: Penn State battled and outlasted Delaware State in Saturday’s overtime victory. The negative: Penn State blew an 18-point lead and needed overtime to put away Delaware State (5-6).
Last week: No. 12

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Charles Taylor on 12/17/2012 @ 3:28pm EDT Said:

How many teams will make the NCAA tournament? 6? 7? 8?

I think with a conference this good, 8 is the right number.

    Brent Yarina, BTN.com on 12/17/2012 @ 3:29pm EDT Said:

    Charles – I say seven, maybe eight if Iowa can go .500 in Big Ten play.

JS on 12/17/2012 @ 3:41pm EDT Said:

You seem to have Purdue at 10 by virtue of them being Purdue. What have they done to show you they’re better than both Nebraska and Penn State?

    Brent Yarina, BTN.com on 12/17/2012 @ 3:49pm EDT Said:

    All three teams are pretty bad. But if I’m forced to choose the best of the three, which I am, it’s Purdue. I’ll take the Johnson trio, D.J. Byrd and Matt Painter’s track record over what Nebraska and Penn State bring to the table.

Jeff in Nebraska on 12/17/2012 @ 5:12pm EDT Said:

Folks you got to Remember Butler been in the Championship Game the last 2 years so the lost is not a suprise at all. To earn that top prestige #1 you must win Big Games plus an average Nebraska team Kicked there Butts in Lincoln last year as well.

Jeff in Nebraska on 12/17/2012 @ 5:16pm EDT Said:

Early but to me it looks like The Illini is 1 Michigan 2 Indiana 3 Minnesota 4 then OSU 5…

Doug on 12/17/2012 @ 11:14pm EDT Said:

you list all those teams michigan has beaten, but the only ranked team of the bunch is nc state at 25. sounds to me those teams have an inflated record by beating up cupcakes.

Dug on 12/18/2012 @ 3:33am EDT Said:

How did I know, the second I read the headline, that there would be yet another post from Doug complaining about Michigan in the comments?

Doug on 12/18/2012 @ 12:32pm EDT Said:

hey Dug, maybe it’s because btn keeps contradicting themselves? they brag about michigan’s schedule and record, then say indiana dropped because of a loss but it’s not a bad loss, so maybe IU should be # 1 still? it’s america dude, and if people keep bragging about michigan I have every right to drag down michigan