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Big Ten Basketball Power Poll: Week 2

The Big Ten has taken a bit of a beating after the first full week of play, yet there is no team with a losing record. As we head in to the heat of the holiday tournaments we’re bound to find out a lot more about this league and just where it stands.

After all, it won’t be long and the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge will tell us a whole lot more about the state of a league in transition. However, the early games and the lack of true challenges have made this a very difficult situation for our group of voters.

So, let us first remind you of who our voters are:

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)

Week 2 Poll:

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Observations:

– First off, this poll had very little movement, something that shouldn’t be too shocking as the big guys have pretty much beat up on the little ones. The only big upset that’s happened was Rhode Island knocking off Nebraska (something our Andy called as a potential upset when looking at last weekend).

– If there was an award for the most disappointing team in the Big Ten it would have to go to the Iowa Hawkeyes. They’ve failed to compete well against other “Power 5” conference teams, losing to both Texas and Syracuse in the 2K Classic tournament. What was perhaps most troubling was a lack of consistent play from the guard positions. That won’t cut it in the Big Ten, that’s for sure.

– Illinois apparently gets the love for starting off the season red-hot, and actually seeming to find a shooting touch. We’ll know more about this team quickly, but after two weeks they could be the team to watch come Big Ten play.

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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