Keita Bates-Diop, the Big Ten's top scorer, had 14 of his 20 points in the second half and surging No. 13 Ohio State ground out a 64-59 win over Nebraska for its ninth straight conference victory.
While there have been weeks where I’ve dreaded the day I had to submit my Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, I feel as if the play on the floor and the standings are starting to clarify some things as we head into the second half of the conference season.
No shortage of good matchups this week, including a clash between ranked teams in Mackey Arena when Michigan visits Purdue on Thursday. Here is a look at the best of the coming week.
As we wade deeper in January, this much is clear: Purdue looks like a Final Four team. In fact, no squad in America is hotter, as the Boilermakers have won 15 in a row. This much also is clear: Ohio State, which is tied with Purdue atop the standings, is for real.
James Palmer Jr. scored 19 points, Isaiah Roby had a career-high 14 and Nebraska beat No. 23 Michigan 72-52 on Thursday night for its first win over the Wolverines since joining the Big Ten.
James Palmer Jr. played it cool after hitting the winning 3-pointer just before the buzzer to give Nebraska a 64-63 win over Illinois on Monday night.
There's a new team atop BTN analyst Jon Crispin's Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. It's white-hot Purdue, which has won 13 consecutive games. See Cripsin's full list inside.
With Michigan State losing two of three, Purdue has emerged as the team to beat. But keep an eye on Ohio State, which along with the Boilermakers is the lone unbeaten club in conference play. Here is what to keep an eye on this week in the Big Ten.
As winter sets in, this much has become clear: Purdue is the Big Ten favorite. But don’t count out Michigan State. And it looks like Michigan and Ohio State will be factors. Here is the best of the week in Big Ten action.
Tony Carr scored nine of his 17 points, including a game-winning long jumper with three seconds left in overtime, and Penn State beat Nebraska 76-74 on Friday night.