Power Rankings: Penn State breaks out of cellar
It’s been a long time coming, and with Penn State’s upset of then-No. 4 Michigan, coupled with Northwestern’s continued struggles, the Nittany Lions have broken out of the cellar in my latest Power Rankings.
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1. Indiana, (25-4, 13-3) – Yogi Ferrell exploded for a career-high 19 points and added five assists in Saturday’s win over Iowa. The five assists marked the fourth consecutive game the freshman has tallied a handful of helpers.
Last week: No. 1
2. Michigan, (24-5, 11-5) – How big was Trey Burke‘s fifth steal in the final seconds Sunday? Not only did it seal Michigan’s 58-57 victory over Michigan State, it set a new career-high for the talented Wolverine sophomore.
Last week: No. 2
3. Michigan State, (22-7, 11-5) – So much has been made of Adreian Payne‘s improved outside shooting, and rightfully so. Thing is, the junior’s recent rebounding figures are even more eye-popping (12 rpg in last four contests).
Last week: No. 4
4. Wisconsin, (20-9, 11-5) – Wisconsin’s surprising 69-56 loss to Purdue on Sunday marked the program’s first loss on Senior Day since 2001. For some perspective, freshman Sam Dekker was six years old then.
Last week: No. 3
5. Ohio State, (21-7, 11-5) – For the first time this season, the Buckeyes compiled back-to-back games in which Deshaun Thomas wasn’t the team’s leading scorer. Aaron Craft (21 points) and Lenzelle Smith Jr. (24) led the way the last two times out.
Last week: No. 5
6. Minnesota, (20-9, 8-8) – In last week’s two wins, including the upset of then-No. 1 Indiana, Minnesota tallied 37 assists to just 20 turnovers, the latter number being just as important as Trevor Mbakwe‘s pair of strong double-doubles.
Last week: No. 8
7. Illinois, (21-9, 8-8) – Why, hello, Myke Henry! The Illini sophomore matched his rebounding total over the previous six games (9) and scored a season-high 12 points in Illinois’ 72-65 win over Nebraska on Saturday.
Last week: No. 6
8. Iowa, (18-11, 7-9) – Iowa’s Eric May is finishing his career in impressive fashion. After only scoring in double digits once this season, the senior has scored at least 10 points in three of Iowa’s last four games.
Last week: No. 7
9. Purdue, (14-15, 7-9) – Talk about highs and lows, Terone Johnson experienced them this past week. Fresh off his first zero-point effort since Nov. 18, 2011, Johnson erupted for 16 points Sunday to help Purdue upset then-No. 16 Wisconsin.
Last week: No. 10
10. Nebraska, (13-16, 4-12) – Since the calendar hit February, Dylan Talley is averaging an impressive 18.7 points, the exact same number Deshaun Thomas, the Big Ten’s leading scorer, is averaging during the same span.
Last week: No. 9
11. Penn State, (9-19, 1-15) – Penn State finally tallied its first Big Ten win Wednesday night, dropping, of all teams, then-No. 4 Michigan. One of the many secrets to the incredible upset: Jermaine Marshall‘s career-high six 3-pointers.
Last week: No. 12
12. Northwestern, (13-16, 4-12) – How bad has it gotten for Northwestern during its current six-game funk? The Wildcats have lost every game by double digits – or, to be more exact, an average of 19 points per game.
Last week: No. 11
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