Bardo: MSU tops initial B1G Power Rankings

We’ve seen every Big Ten men’s basketball team play at least three games, so it’s time for BTN analyst and former Flyin’ Illini Stephen Bardo to unveil his first 2013-14 Big Ten Power Rankings.

The No. 1 team? It’s Michigan State, of course, the nation’s newly minted No. 1. See his full rankings in this post.

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1. Michigan State (3-0). Undefeated and beat the preseason No. 1 in the nation.
Last week: N/A
Up next: vs. Portland (Monday); at Virginia Tech (Friday, Brooklyn, NY)

2. Ohio State (3-0). Held Marquette to 35 points in Milwaukee. Very impressive.
Last week: N/A
Up next: vs. American (Wednesday)


3. Wisconsin (3-0). Arguably three best wins (St. John’s, Florida, Green Bay) thus far in the nation, let alone Big Ten.
Last week: N/A
Up next: vs. North Dakota (Tuesday); vs. Bowling Green (Thursday); vs. Oral Roberts (Saturday)

4. Michigan (2-1). Loss at Iowa State, nothing to feel bad about. Mitch McGary will continue to improve.
Last week: N/A
Up next: at Long Beach State (Thursday, Puerto Rico); TBD (Friday, Puerto Rico); TBD (Sunday, Puerto Rico)

5. Iowa (4-0). The most depth in the Big Ten will serve them well throughout the season.
Last week: N/A
Up next: vs. Penn (Friday)

6. Indiana (4-0). Noah Vonleh (four double-doubles in four games) and Yogi Ferrel are in midseason form already.
Last week: N/A
Up next: at Washington (Thursday, New York); TBD (Friday, New York)

7. Minnesota (3-0). Very impressive win at Richmond and players love new style under Richard Pitino.
Last week: N/A
Up next: vs. Coastal Carolina (Tuesday); vs. Wofford (Thursday)

8. Illinois (4-0). Jon Ekey and Jaylon Tate have been pleasant surprises for Illini.
Last week: N/A
Up next: vs. Chicago State (Friday)

9. Purdue (3-0). Northern Kentucky and Rider games, they might have lost those last season.
Last week: N/A
Up next: vs. Eastern Illinois (Wednesday); vs. Siena (Sunday)

10. Nebraska (3-0). UMass and the rest of the Charleston Classic field a good early test.
Last week: N/A
Up next: Massachusetts (Thursday); TBD  (Friday); TBD (Sunday)

11. Penn State (2-1). Tim Frazier and D.J. Newbill will have to be on point vs. good La Salle team.
Last week: N/A
Up next: vs. LaSalle (Tuesday); vs. Longwood (Sunday)

12. Northwestern (1-2). Season will be two steps forward, one step back with Coach Collins and new system.
Last week: N/A
Up next: at UIC (Wednesday); vs. IUPUI (Friday)

— Team records are through November 17 action.

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shookwriter27 on 11/18/2013 @ 6:44pm EDT Said:

Illinois will be higher before long.

Blake on 11/18/2013 @ 9:50pm EDT Said:

Iowa over Michigan and eventually Wisconsin, but not now since they beat Florida.

Sean on 11/19/2013 @ 10:18am EDT Said:

Once Iowa hits the BIG schedule, we will see them move into the top 3.

maw on 11/20/2013 @ 12:08pm EDT Said:

When does lacrosse season start?

One good thing about the abysmally low expectations from the NU basketball team is that there’s very little chance ‘Cats fans will be disappointed. Not like with the football team.

terry on 11/20/2013 @ 1:22pm EDT Said:

i’m pulling for the hawks to move up, but after watching Wisconsin play last nite, there no way the hawkeyes will sweep Wisconsin this year. those guys are big and very good 3point shooters. I can see what the one badger came back to his home state, personally I don’t think he would have made the starting 7 players in Wisconsin. GO HAWKS, gonna be a great big ten season and I hope they kick some butts in outside tournaments.

lbirish22 on 11/20/2013 @ 4:31pm EDT Said:

Yep You are all right, Iowa is the team on the rise this year!!