It’s time for my latest Big Ten Power Rankings. This week, Penn State is the biggest mover, ascending two spots to No. 8 following a strong showing in the Barclays Center Classic. Before the highly anticipated Big Ten/ACC Challenge tips off tonight, check out where I have your team ranked.
It’s that time of year again, when the powers of the Midwest exert their basketball dominance over the Atlantic Coasters. Or at least that’s been the story in recent years, with the Big Ten taking three of the last four Challenges (last season was an unsatisfying tie). We won’t talk about what happened in the 10 prior Challenges.
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Michigan State remained No. 1 in the latest AP and Coaches men’s basketball polls, released Monday. Meanwhile, Ohio State entered the top 5 in both (No. 3 in Coaches; No. 5 in AP), and Wisconsin moved into the top 10, (No. 9; No. 8). Michigan (No. 21; No. 22) and Iowa (No. 24; No. 23) are ranked in both, while Indiana comes in at No. 23 in the Coaches.
Iowa and Penn State both lost heartbreakers in their respective tournament title games Saturday. Villanova topped the Hawkeyes in overtime in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship, while Ole Miss nipped the Nittany Lions in the Barclays Center Classic final. Nebraska, however, topped NIU. Catch up on all the day’s action in this post.
BTN had a tripleheader of Big Ten hoops action today, featuring three conference contenders. Michigan State cruised by Mount St. Mary’s, 98-65 in the first game of the day. No. 20 Michigan coasted past Coppin State, 87-45, and No. 6 Ohio State walloped North Florida, 99-64.
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Michigan State guard Keith Appling threw down a dunk that will be talked about for days to come in East Lansing. The senior point guard split a pair of defenders and exploded for a thunderous one-handed posterizing dunk that brought the Breslin Center crowd to their feet on Friday afternoon.
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