BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s weekly Big Ten player rankings are in, with the same big men remaining at the head of the class. Those players, of course, are Indiana’s Cody Zeller, Michigan State’s Draymond Green and Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger.
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?
During Wisconsin’s game against Nebraska BTN took viewers inside a Wisconsin practice and focused on the various moves taught to the Badgers’ big men. What do former NBA greats Dominique Wilkins, Moses Malone, Jack Sikma, Kevin McHale and Bernard King all have in common? They have fundamental back-to-the-basket moves named after them at Wiscosnin. Watch the video to see each one. Then feel free to use these during your own Nerf basketball games at home, office, or dorm room.
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).