2. Michigan, (20-2, 7-2) – Michigan’s lone losses are at Ohio State and Indiana, teams with a combined 26-2 home record. A common theme in the defeats: Glenn Robinson III‘s struggles (29%, 5 ppg, 2.5 rpg).
Last week: No. 1
3. Michigan State, (18-4, 7-2) – How good was Keith Appling in Michigan State’s double-digit comeback victory against Illinois? He flirted with the Big Ten’s first triple-double of the season (24 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists).
Last week: No. 3
4. Ohio State, (17-4, 7-2) – With No. 3 Michigan and No. 1 Indiana looming, we’ll find out a lot about the Buckeyes this week. For what it’s worth, Ohio State is 1-4 vs. ranked foes, the lone victory coming vs. Michigan.
Last week: No. 4
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5. Wisconsin, (15-7, 6-3) – Here’s a fun stat: After attempting zero free throws for the first time under Bo Ryan in Tuesday’s loss at Ohio State, the Badgers shot 42 (!) freebies in Sunday’s win at Illinois.
Last week: No. 5
6. Minnesota, (17-5, 5-4) – Who are the Gophers? It’s clear they aren’t as good as the team that opened 15-1, but they also aren’t as bad as the one that lost four straight a couple weeks ago. They’re somewhere in the middle.
Last week: No. 6
T-7. Iowa, (14-8, 3-6) – Fran McCaffery and Devyn Marble insist there’s no injury to worry about. Something’s wrong, though, whatever it is. How else can one explain Marble’s current four-game funk (21%, 7 ppg)?
Last week: No. 8
T-7. Northwestern, (13-10, 4-6) – Think Fort Wayne, Ind., product Reggie Hearn likes facing his old in-state schools? The former walk-on, who scored 22 points vs. Indiana a couple weeks ago, torched Purdue for a career-high 26 on Saturday. He shot 62 percent in the two games, to boot.
Last week: No. 9
T-7. Purdue, (11-11, 4-5) – Two words: A.J. Hammons. The Boiler freshman had a week to remember – other than missing the team bus Saturday, that is – averaging 24.5 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in two games.
Last week: No. 7
10. Illinois, (15-8, 2-7) – It’s an arbitrary number, no doubt, but in its last 22 Big Ten games, dating to last season, Illinois is 4-18 (.181). To put that in perspective, Nebraska is 5-17 during the same span.
Last week: No. 10
11. Nebraska, (11-12, 2-8) – No Big Ten player – not even Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas – gets more run than Ray Gallegos. Seriously, the guard averages 39.2 minutes per Big Ten game and has played at least 37 minutes in every one.
Last week: No. 11
12. Penn State, (8-13, 0-9) – Nine games down, nine more attempts for Penn State to tally its first Big Ten win. And there’s no better time than the present, with Purdue (Tuesday) and at Nebraska (Saturday) on tap.
Last week: No. 12
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