Big Ten power rankings


1. MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS (20-4, 9-2)
Maybe it’s not fair to simply put the Spartans first based on the potential of a fully healthy lineup, because they haven’t played with one in weeks. But they’re doing enough with what they have — the latest revolving door sees Adreian Payne re-enter and Keith Appling exit — to stay on top, including a narrow loss to Wisconsin where Appling’s absence was acutely felt.

2. MICHIGAN WOLVERINES (17-6, 9-2)
The Wolverines looked like their old conference-contending selves in dismantling Nebraska at home, then hit the road and were destroyed by Iowa. In a way, you knew this was coming for Michigan. It’s come for everybody in the Big Ten this season. But the next three games are Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State, which could leave the Wolverines as king of the hill or middle of the pack.

3. IOWA HAWKEYES (18-6, 7-4)
There was an almost visible chip on the Hawkeyes’ shoulder as they blasted Michigan on Saturday. That’s the toughness and intensity that has been occasionally absent in big games this season. I wouldn’t call Iowa soft, but it’s a team that needs to keep developing a harder edge in order to make a run both at the Big Ten title and deep into the postseason.

4. OHIO STATE BUCKEYES (19-5, 6-5)
Aaron Craft turned his play up a notch in wins over Iowa and Purdue, earning Big Ten Player of the Week honors. Expect that to continue as the senior eyes his final games in a Buckeye uniform, but his teammates will have to follow that lead with greater consistency to sustain success. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have the best scoring defense in the league.

5. WISCONSIN BADGERS (19-5, 6-5)
Two wins and the Badgers are back, maybe. Knocking off Illinois was to be expected, and Wisconsin certainly took advantage of a wounded Michigan State club. But most important is the return of the Wisconsin defense, which has allowed just 60.6 points per game over the last five games after allowing 70-plus in the previous five.

6. MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS (16-8, 5-6)
A potentially crushing triple overtime defeat at Purdue was followed by a critical comeback win over Indiana, leaving Minnesota squarely on the bubble still. The return of veteran guard Dre Hollins portends good things for the Gophers, who still have work to do.

7. NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS (12-12, 5-6)
A home loss to Nebraska last week was a big letdown and a bit of an air out of the balloon, but the Wildcats had been winning close games at a rate that just couldn’t be sustained. Still, Northwestern is a threat to beat almost anybody anywhere at any time, a notion that will be well-tested this week in East Lansing.

8. INDIANA HOOSIERS (14-9, 4-6)
The inability to put together back to back successes continues to plague the Hoosiers, who haven’t won consecutive games since Jan. 11 and 14 against Penn State and Wisconsin. That’s going to have to change if Indiana wants to make a run at an NCAA Tournament berth with just eight games remaining. Four of those are on the road, where IU has won just once all season.

9. NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS (12-10, 4-6)
Despite being dismanted in Ann Arbor, it was still a breakthrough week for the Cornhuskers after winning at Northwestern, their first Big Ten road win of the season. Terran Petteway continues to make a case for himself as being among the league’s elite talents as the fourth-leading scorer in the conference and is playing with a confidence that his teammates share.

10. PURDUE BOILERMAKERS (14-10, 4-7)
A triple overtime win against Minnesota provided a brief respite from the continuing struggles in Boilermaker land, which re-emerged with a loss at Ohio State over the weekend. Five losses in six games have Purdue thinking about just trying to make the NIT instead of dreaming about the NCAA. Indiana comes to town this Saturday in what could be a season-defining game.

12. ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI (14-10, 3-8)
Illinois coach John Groce seems to have gone all-in with the youth movement, and it paid off with a win on the road against Penn State Sunday. The veterans aren’t merely forgotten, but the Illini’s fortunes now ride with rookies Kendrick Nunn, Malcolm Hill, Austin Colbert, Maverick Morgan and Jaylen Tate.

12. PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS (12-12, 3-8)
Outclassed at Michigan State, then a narrow home loss to Illinois takes some of the wind out of the Nittany Lions’ sails. They go to Indiana, then host Iowa this week as keeping their heads up above .500 becomes increasingly difficult. D.J. Newbill and Tim Frazier need teammates to step up in order to stop the slide.

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  • Harvard for Hillbillies #1


    Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 9:12 PM EST

    Those are great power rankings. After Sunday, they’d be far more suspect in putting Minnesota and Northwestern above Indiana.

    Northwester travels to MSU and Minnesota travels to a Wisconsin that can’t afford a stumble at home.

    Not to mention, Minnesota and Northwestern go head-to-head on Sunday and the rest of the schedules for both teams is pretty brutal.

    The giant “if”…? If we win Saturday night at Purdue, the 3-way jostling in the conference standings between IU, Minnesota, and Northwestern most likely looks the following by Sunday night:

    Indiana 6-6(Win at home against PSU. Game everything hinges = Win @ Purdue)

    Minnesota 6-7(lose to MSU on Thurs. night. Win against Northwestern)

    Northwestern 5-8(lose to Wisconsin. Lose to Minnesota)

    If it all plays out…? Game on.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies #2


    Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 10:42 PM EST

    McGary starting to rehab. Still four and a half weeks until the Big 10 tournament…? Over five weeks until an opening round NCAA game. Wow..Wouldn’t it be crazy if he got back for the NCAA tournament? Certainly seems like he’s not closing the door on that possibility.

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Men's Basketball Player Pages

[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_blackmon1.jpg]5190James Blackmon, Jr.
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard James Blackmon Jr. (1)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_zeisloft1.jpg]4020Nick Zeisloft
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Nick Zeisloft (2)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hoetzel1.jpg]3630Max Hoetzel
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Max Hoetzel (3)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_johnson1.jpg]3200Robert Johnson
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Robert Johnson (4)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_williams1.jpg]2960Troy Williams
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Troy Williams (5)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_burton1.jpg]2910Ryan Burton
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Ryan Burton (10)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_yogi1.jpg]2640Yogi Ferrell
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Yogi Ferrell (11)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_perea1.jpg]2850Hanner Mosquera-Perea
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea (12)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_robinson1.jpg]2370Stanford Robinson
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Stanford Robinson (22)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_ritchie1.jpg]2350Nate Ritchie
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Nate Ritchie (23)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_holt1.jpg]2790Emmitt Holt
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Emmitt Holt (25)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hartman1.jpg]2970Collin Hartman
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Collin Hartman (30)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_priller1.jpg]3240Tim Priller
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Tim Priller (35)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_april1.jpg]3280Jeremiah April
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers center Jeremiah April (44)

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Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Jess Walter (2)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_buss1.jpg]9080Tyra Buss
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Tyra Buss (3)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_brooks1.jpg]5060Larryn Brooks
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Larryn Brooks (5)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_agler1.jpg]4170Taylor Agler
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Taylor Agler (10)
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Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Nicole Bell (12)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_stratman1.jpg]3140Liz Stratman
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hulls1.jpg]3250Kaila Hulls
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard/forward Kaila Hulls (15)
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Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Karlee McBride (21)
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Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Alexis Gassion (23)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_muensterman1.jpg]2760Maura Meunsterman
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Maura Muensterman (31)
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Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Andrea Mize (32)
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Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Amanda Cahill (33)
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Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Claire Jakubicek (34)
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Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Lyndsay Leikem (40)
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Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers center Jenn Anderson (43)
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