That was quick. One week after falling to No. 2 in last week's Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, Wisconsin is back on top of Jon Crispin's latest list.
It's Monday, and that means it's time for Jess Settles' latest Big Ten Player Rankings. No surprise here: Purdue star Caleb Swanigan remains atop the list, just ahead of Wisconsin's Ethan Happ and Michigan State's Miles Bridges, who continues his weekly ascent.
The season has rounded the halfway point. There have been surprises, disappointments … and whole bunch of fun games with lots to look forward to. Here is a midseason report as we race to the finish line.
The homestretch is in sight, and Wisconsin is the leader of the pack in the Big Ten—as many envisioned in the preseason. But, there is still a lot of basketball left to be played as we sprint toward the finish line. Get a preview of the week ahead inside.
Jordan Bohannon scored 15 points, Tyler Cook added 13 and Iowa held on for an 81-70 win over Nebraska on Sunday.
And then there was one: Wisconsin stands alone atop the Big Ten with a 9-1 mark, knocking off Illinois and Indiana this week to run its winning streak to seven games. Wisconsin sits alone in first place after Maryland saw its seven-game winning streak end on Saturday with a home loss to Purdue.
We here at BTN always enjoy a good shoe highlight. There's something funny about a player blowing a tire, and seeing how he reacts. Some continue to play like nothing happened. Some pick up the shoe and tie it. And some pick it up and hold it in their hand until the next whistle.
Miles Bridges led a balanced Michigan State attack with 16 points as the Spartans pulled out a 72-61 road win at Nebraska Thursday.
Let me be the first to apologize to Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan. Also, no offense to Iowa’s Peter Jok. And, I hope Maryland’s Melo Trimble understands. But as the calendar is about to flip to February, there is no Big Ten player more valuable, versatile and dynamic than Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ.
It's getting harder and harder to ignore what Mark Turgeon's young and talented team is doing. What it's done is rattle off a 19-2 record, including a 7-1 clip in Big Ten play, to little fanfare. That's changing, at least in Jon Crispin's latest Big Ten Power Rankings.