It's Monday, and that means it's time for me to release my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. Spoiler: There's a new No. 1 (Purdue), while Northwestern and surging Minnesota are the biggest risers.
Just two weeks into the conference season, and every Big Ten team has at least one league loss. And there are four teams atop the conference standings with 3-1 marks: Minnesota, Nebraska, Purdue and Wisconsin. Here's a look-ahead to the third week of Big Ten play.
The Big Ten race got a whole lot more interesting, as Nebraska and Wisconsin each suffered their first conference defeats Sunday. Now, as we ready to tip off Week 3 of conference play, Purdue, Michigan State, Nebraska, Minnesota, Maryland and Wisconsin all have one Big Ten loss.
With the lid being taken off of conference play, the action in the Big Ten is starting to heat up. Michigan State (2-0), Nebraska (2-0) and Wisconsin (1-0) are the lone undefeated teams left. Here's a look at the second week of Big Ten play.
Conference play is beginning in earnest, as the race to the Big Ten championship is underway. Michigan State and Nebraska are off to strong 2-0 starts.
Payton Banks had 20 points and Tony Carr had 15 points to lead Penn State past Rutgers 60-47 on Sunday in a New Year's Day matinee.
Scottie Lindsey scored 17 of his 31 points in the first half and Northwestern beat Penn State 87-77 on Tuesday in the Big Ten opener for both teams. Vic Law added 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Wildcats (12-2), who won their ninth straight.
Penn State had no trouble with Morgan State Wednesday, winning 96-55 behind 20 points from Lamar Stevens.
The Big Ten rolled out the weekly basketball honors Monday. Purdue Boilermakers sophomore Caleb Swanigan was named Player of the Week after a big win over Notre Dame. Purdue plays Western Illinois tonight on BTN/BTN2Go.
Penn State got 21 points from Shep Garner as the Nittany Lions pushed past St. John's, 92-76 Sunday at Madison Square Garden.