Bardo: Iowa up, Michigan down in power poll

Seven Big Ten men’s hoops teams remain undefeated. Three are ranked in the top 10 of the latest AP Poll, headlined by No. 1 Michigan State. Yep, it’s going to be a fun year! Here’s my latest look at how the Big Ten teams stack up.

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1. Michigan State (6-0). Beating Oklahoma to win Coaches v. Cancer classic and career highs from Keith Appling (27 points v. Oklahoma) and Adreian Payne (29 v. Virginia Tech) have them on top.
Last week: 1

2. Ohio State (4-0). If Amir Williams can stay consistent from his performance against American (Career-high 16 points), the Buckeyes have enough perimeter scoring to contend.
Last week: 2


3. Wisconsin (6-0). Frank Kaminsky continues to score – followed up his Wisconsin single-game record 43-point effort with nights of 14 and 21 – and Josh Gasser is starting to return to his versatile form.
Last week: 3

4. Iowa (5-0). Jarrod Uthoff‘s 19 points in 21 minutes was a welcome sight. Schedule gets tougher with Xavier up next in Battle for Atlantis tourney.
Last week: 5

5. Indiana (5-1). Tough loss to UConn and battled in spite of foul trouble to Noah Vonleh. Young team took major steps in the 2K Classic.
Last week: 6

6. Michigan (4-2). Good tourney for Michigan despite losing a close championship game to Charlotte. Hope Glenn Robinson III can return full strength from hard fall.
Last week: 4

7. Minnesota (5-0). Light schedule thus far gets much tougher with Maui tournament up next followed by ACC/Big Ten Challenge foe Florida State at home.
Last week: 7

8. Illinois (5-0). Six of next eight games are on the road, starting with a trip to UNLV. Jon Ekey continues to impress.
Last week: 8

9. Purdue (5-0). Congrats to Bryson Scott for winning Big Ten Freshman of the Week! He will be up against the nation’s best in Purdue’s next game v. Marcus Smart and Oklahoma State.
Last week: 9

10. Penn State (4-1). Big week ahead with three games coming up, including St. John’s, one of Big East’s most talented squads.
Last week: 11

11. Nebraska (4-2). Finished on strong note (win over Georgia) in Charleston Classic. Experience should help young Huskers moving forward.
Last week: 10

12. Northwestern (3-2). Las Vegas Invitational will be tough test with Missouri and UCLA in the mix.
Last week: 12

– Team records are through November 24 action.

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shookwriter27 on 11/25/2013 @ 3:46pm EDT Said:

I hope John Ecky will play well the entire season for Illinois.

Doug on 11/26/2013 @ 10:15am EDT Said:

good tourney for michigan? if FSU didn’t hand M that game, M would have lost twice and be 3-3 right now….