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Big Ten Basketball Power Poll: Week 12

Clarity, it seems to be the one thing every writer would like to have in the Big Ten basketball race. However, it is the one elusive thing behind the Wisconsin Badgers being the clear-cut No. 1 team.

This last week continued to show that the rest of the pack is a jumbled up mess, as there are five teams all sitting with three losses after UW’s 7-1 Big Ten-leading record. With that it makes the job of parsing out who is better than whom a very difficult one.

Luckily, we’ve got one of the best panels of bloggers and writers assembled to do just that. So, let’s take a look at the Week 12 power poll. Here is a look at our panel of voters first though.

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 – R.I.P. Lake The Posts (@RiseNU)
Ken Kohl – BuckeyeBattleCry (@The_BBC)
Andrew Emmer – Testudo Times (@TestudoTimes)
Hondo Carpenter – Spartan Nation (@HondoCarpenter)
David Tucker – Testudo Times (@TestudoDave)

On to the poll…

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Observations:

– Wisconsin is back to being the unanimous No. 1 team in the Big Ten for the 11th of the 12 weeks we’ve done the poll. It wasn’t exactly a difficult choice after Maryland dropped to two games back and joined the rest of the jumbled up mess.

– Ohio State has been one of the craziest teams to predict this season, and it continued this week as the Buckeyes jumped to the No. 2 spot. Winning three-straight and doing it over then-ranked Indiana and Maryland will do that for you. Will they step up as a real challenger for the Badgers? It’s a long way between now and the end of the season matchup between the two rivals.

– Another week, another close loss for the Northwestern Wildcats. This time it was an 8-point loss to Purdue, and the loss meant the bottom of our rankings. Hard to argue with it as they are the only one-win team in the Big Ten right now. If Northwestern can find a way to finally win a close game or two they’ll likely not stay on the bottom very long.

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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