Power Rankings: Big Ten champ Indiana tops final list

The regular season now complete, it’s time to release my final 2012-13 Big Ten Power Rankings. Where does your team land? Find out in this post. Oh, and feel free to send me your thoughts, either in the comment box in this post or on Twitter (@BTNBrentYarina).

1. Indiana, (26-5, 14-4) – As hard as it is to believe, Indiana, a program with five national championships, just won its first outright Big Ten crown since 1993. Some perspective: Freshman Yogi Ferrell wasn’t even born the last time.
Last week: No. 1

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2. Michigan State, (24-7, 13-5)Travis Trice compiled one the season’s most efficient all-around lines in Thursday’s win over Wisconsin. In just 19 minutes, the sophomore totaled five points, five rebounds, four assists and six steals.
Last week: No. 3

3. Ohio State, (23-7, 13-5)Aaron Craft scored 14 and 15 points in two victories this past week. The combined 29 points matched the junior’s highest output in consecutive Big Ten games. He also totaled 29 points in his fourth and fifth Big Ten games in 2010-11.
Last week: No. 5

4. Michigan, (24-6, 12-6) – Random stat: Michigan, which entered Sunday’s game 17-0 at home, has gone 8-1 in Big Ten home games the last two seasons, with both losses coming in the finale to Indiana schools (Purdue in 2012; Indiana in 2013).
Last week: No. 2

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5. Wisconsin, (21-10, 12-6) – If the Big Ten awarded a most improved player, Traevon Jackson might be the runaway winner. This is a guy who’s gone from averaging 1.1 points in 5.4 minutes a year ago to being one of the Big Ten’s most clutch shooters. Watch the latest example.
Last week: No. 4

6. Iowa, (20-11, 9-9) – The Hawkeyes clinched their first 20-win season since 2005-06 and their first .500 conference season since 2006-07 (9-7) in Saturday’s 74-60 payback win over Nebraska.
Last week: No. 8

7. Minnesota, (20-11, 8-10)With this past week’s two road defeats, at Nebraska and at Purdue, the Gophers finished the Big Ten slate with a 1-8 road record. The lone victory: An 84-67 win over Illinois on Jan. 9, the team’s first Big Ten road game.
Last week:
No. 6

8. Purdue, (15-16, 8-10)Four players have scored 30 or more points in Big Ten play, and two of them are Boilers: A.J. Hammons (30 vs. Indiana) and Terone Johnson (32 vs. Michigan). Johnson’s 32-point effort Wednesday marked the most in conference play.
Last week:
No. 10

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9. Illinois, (21-11, 8-10) – The Illini closed out the season scoring 55 points in both defeats this week. Even more troubling, the frontcourt tandem of Nnanna Egwu and Sam McLaurin combined to score 11 points in the two losses.
Last week: No. 7

10. Nebraska, (14-17, 5-13) – Nobody shoots more 3’s than Ray Gallegos, so he encounters steep peaks and valleys. For example, in the last three games, the guard is 15-of-32 (49 percent) from deep, this following an 11-of-53 stretch (21 percent).
Last week: No. 10

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11. Penn State, (10-20, 2-16) – Thursday night’s 66-59 win at Northwestern marked Penn State’s first Big Ten road victory in 18 tries and its first since March 6, 2011, when it won at Minnesota in the Big Ten finale.
Last week: No. 11

12. Northwestern, (13-18, 4-14) – Alex Marcotullio is a late bright spot for struggling Northwestern. The senior erupted for a career-high 22 points Thursday and added 11 Sunday. Add it all up, and the week’s 33 points account for 22 percent of Marcotullio’s season scoring.
Last week: No. 12

About Brent Yarina BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com. He writes the popular uniform feature “Clothes Call,” which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read all of his work here. You can subscribe to Yarina’s RSS feed and follow him on Twitter @BTNBrentYarina.


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Jeff from Cincinnati on 3/11/2013 @ 2:20pm EDT Said:

Curious as to your Purdue / Minnesota placement. Minnesota fell apart, Purdue just crushed them, and both teams finished 8-10 in conference.

    Brent Yarina, BTN.com on 3/11/2013 @ 2:31pm EDT Said:

    Jeff – Great question. We’ve seen the Gophers at their worst (Nebraska) and their best (Michigan State, Indiana), and those best times make me think they’re better than most people believe. I put the Gophers ahead of the Boilers, despite the recent outcome, because I think they’re the better team and have better wins.

Doug on 3/11/2013 @ 2:23pm EDT Said:

Looks pretty good Brent.

Reality Check on 3/11/2013 @ 2:28pm EDT Said:

To wrap and put a bow on the discussion from last night. Associated press has just confirmed that Indiana and Michigan are the elite of the Big Ten, Michigan is ranked #6. Something that the Doug’s of this world will never understand is that if Michigan was not the better program, than why would they be ranked ahead of Michigan State while seeded fifth. It is because of the brand name that’s why. A brand name that makes the Wolverines Americas team

Doug on 3/11/2013 @ 3:41pm EDT Said:

Hey Mark, you could have typed blah blah blah it would have been the same thing. MSU finished ahead of UM for God knows how many years in a row now, wake up from your daydream ! The coaches poll has it right, MSU ranked ahead of Michigan, while the biased media still has Michigan slightly ahead of MSU, shows the reporters still know nothing about college hoops, just like Mark.

KP on 3/11/2013 @ 7:54pm EDT Said:

Whos right whos wrong ? . .. Let the games be played and then talk about what we see . . . All the before stuff is just Bla Bla Bla ?

KP on 3/11/2013 @ 7:56pm EDT Said:

Whos right whos wrong ? . .. Let the games be played and then talk about what we see . . . All the before stuff is just Bla Bla Bla ? Let the Boys Play and then you can Blab