The latest men’s college basketball AP Poll was released Monday, and five Big Ten teams are ranked. Michigan State, fresh off a shocking loss to Nebraska on Sunday, paces the Big Ten at No. 13. Iowa (No. 15), Wisconsin (No. 16), Michigan (No. 20) and Ohio State (No. 24) round out the ranked Big Ten teams. See both polls in this post.
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Who would make your Mount Rushmore of Big Ten basketball players? That has been a common question asked after four-time NBA MVP LeBron James selected Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Oscar Robertson. The same question can be posed to Big Ten fans. With so many good options, it is tough to choose just four top players in Big Ten basketball history.
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Indiana’s season reached a new low in Saturday’s drubbing at Purdue. The Boilermakers busted the game open after intermission, and the one thing that had been a relative constant for the Hoosiers–a solid defense–went by the wayside. To be fair, some of this was just Purdue having a fantastic afternoon from the perimeter (10-for-18 on threes), but Indiana didn’t offer much resistance either.
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By all accounts, this week lacks much pizzazz. The one saving grace: The menu features what looks to be a de facto Big Ten championship game on Sunday, with Michigan State visiting Michigan. Both teams are coming off home losses Sunday – outcomes that have opened up the Big Ten title race. As a result, Iowa is one loss behind the co-leaders and has a big week.
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Michigan and Michigan State had been immune to most of the zaniness that has come to define this Big Ten season. But all that ended on Sunday for the league’s first-place teams.
The Big Ten office released its latest Big Ten Men’s Basketball Players of the Week on Monday, and three players were honored. Nebraska’s Terran Petteway and Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky shared Player of the Week honors, while Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes claimed Freshman of the Week.