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.
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.
Caleb Swanigan had 24 points and 16 rebounds, and Vince Edwards added 17 points Wednesday night to lead No. 23 Purdue to an 80-59 rout over No. 25 Northwestern.
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.
BTN.com editor Alex Roux previews three Big Ten games to watch throughout Week 6 of conference play.
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.
It's official: Northwestern is ranked for the first time since the 2009-10 season. The latest AP poll, released Monday, has the 18-4 Wildcats ranked No. 25. Three other Big Ten teams are ranked, as well, led by No. 10 Wisconsin. See the full poll inside.
As the conference season chugs toward the halfway point, it’s becoming clearer that Wisconsin and Maryland are the teams to beat. But keep an eye on Northwestern, which has won six in a row.