It’s time to release my latest Big Ten men’s hoops power rankings. The rankings are not meant to mimic the Big Ten standings. What fun would that be? They aren’t scientific, either. They’re simply my thoughts on where each Big Ten team stands right now and who would win on a neutral court. Agree? Disagree? Tweet @BTNBrentYarina or leave your comments below. See Brent’s rankings in this post. The latest national polls are out, as well. Where does your team land? And check out all of the Big Ten statistical leaders.
Up is down. In is out. Black is white. Welcome to Big Ten basketball 2012, a season filled with twists and turns that have jumbled the race (standings). And the conference season isn’t even half over. This past week was filled with tumult that scrambled the league standings and made one thing perfectly clear: This is going to be a wild race for the Big Ten championship.
It’s certainly been an interesting start to the Big Ten season. Wisconsin looks vulnerable, Indiana looks much improved, and Minnesota is still fighting after losing its star. But what do that numbers say at the one-third mark?
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In the second installment of the award-winning show “The Journey” tonight at 8 p.m. ET, our crew takes you inside several more compelling stories during this Big Ten Basketball season. We went to Lincoln for the Huskers’ first Big Ten game. In Ann Arbor, we’ll show you more about the Wolverine senior leader Zack Novak and then take you to Champaign to learn how Meyers Leonard went from a small town to the big time. We also spend time with first-year Penn State coach Pat Chambers.
Joe Coleman scored 23 points and grabbed five rebounds and Rodney Williams added 14 points and eight boards as they teamed up to lead Minnesota to an 80-66 victory over Penn State on Sunday (box score). Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored 28 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lift No. 5 Ohio State to an 80-63 win over No. 8 Indiana (box score). In the third game of the day Wisconsin beat Nebraska 50-45 (box score).
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Several Big Ten wrestling teams took to the mat on Friday night including Penn State. The third-ranked Nittany Lions continued a lengthy January road trip with a 38-3 win at No. 17 Northwestern. Watch the highlights now and dive inside this post for wrap-ups of the action between Iowa and Nebraska from Lincoln and West Virgina at Michigan State.