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Big Ten Basketball Power Poll: Week 9

The craziness continues in Big Ten basketball and that means the Big Ten basketball power poll is topsy-turvy once again.

Both Maryland and Wisconsin suffered massive upsets since we last joined you, with the Badgers losing an inexplicable game to Rutgers on the road and proving that on any given night at home in the Big Ten you’ve got a chance.

It all adds up to another week where the conference’s best writers and minds struggle to come up with a consensus. However, here is the panel that attempted to put together the mess that we all just witnessed in Week 9 of the season.

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)

On to the poll…

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Observations:

– For the first time this season the Wisconsin Badgers were not a unanimous pick for the No. 1 spot in our power poll. Maryland took over two 1st place votes and believe it or not, Rutgers got a 1st place vote as well. I guess that’s what happens when you lose to the team at the bottom and you’re the team at the top?

– It appears few believe in the Minnesota Gophers anymore, as they went from 8th to 13th in the poll after remaining winless through the first four games of the season. There’s little doubt they’ve had the toughest schedule in the Big Ten, but if you want to be at the top you’ve got to beat a few of those teams along the way. Losing to Purdue, Maryland, Ohio State and Iowa already this season.

– The battle for the third spot in the power poll was the closest of them all, coming down to 0.1 difference in average ranking between our pollsters. Indiana narrowly edged Michigan State and we’ve got a new third place team for a new week once again. It’s the position that has given just about ever pollster trouble in figuring out who to slot there after Wisconsin and Maryland.

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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