It may have taken a few weeks, but it appears things are settling down and we’ve got an idea of what Big Ten basketball is going to look like this season. Wisconsin rebounded from a shocking loss to Rutgers by blowing out Nebraska, while the other assumed front-runners either stepped up or fell off for other contenders.
That mad the job of our esteemed panel of voters quiet a bit easier to say the least. Here is a look at said panel of voters:
Andy Coppens – talking10.com (@AndyOnFootball)
Dave White – On The Banks (@OTB_SBNation)
Joe Dexter – BuckeyeBattleCry (@joedexter)
Michael Henry – BoiledSports (@BoiledSports & @therailroadtie)
Andy York – The Daily Gopher (@yorka1982)
Phillip Rossman-Reich – Lake The Posts (@RiseNU & @LakeThePosts)
Ken Kohl – BuckeyeBattleCry (@The_BBC)
Andrew Emmer – Testudo Times (@TestudoTimes)
Hondo Carpenter – Spartan Nation (@HondoCarpenter)
David Tucker – Testudo Times (@TestudoDave)
So, as things are beginning to separate in Big Ten basketball let’s take a look at how this past week affected the poll, shall we?
On to the poll…
– Wisconsin and Maryland are in a tight race at the top of the Big Ten standings after what went down this past week. Just 0.4 of an average ranking separates the two teams, who may not settle this debate until the lone meeting on Feb. 24. Buckle up, as this could be a wild ride over the next few weeks.
– Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this poll happens to be from spots seven through nine. After spot six there is a big drop off in the average ranking, however those three schools (Michigan, Illinois and Nebraska) come in with average rankings from 8.0 to 8.7. That means there is little separation and a lot of confusion on where these three teams stand that’s for sure.
– For me the rise of Minnesota up the rankings was perhaps the most surprising ranking this week. Sure, the Gophers won a game but they did it at home against Rutgers. Could it be that people are quickly forgetting losses to Purdue, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan and Ohio State? Either way there’s still way more to prove for Minnesota than some of the teams they jumped from last week to this one.