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Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings: Week 1

The cupcake opening weekend went nearly perfect, minus that whole Minnesota blow out and Rutgers being Rutgers basketball things. So, as we head in to a much more difficult week ahead for Big Ten basketball, where do the teams stack up?

If anything the Big Ten proved the middle of the conference is going to be tough to separate until we get to conference play. The tough task of figuring out who belongs in what spot goes to our distinguished panel of writers, so give them all a follow on Twitter and visit their team coverage.

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:

– After seeing Michigan State and Wisconsin actually play a meaningful game, it was clear who was the better team. MSU struggled mightily with Navy, while the Badgers beat up on Northern Kentucky and Tennessee-Chattanooga. All things being the same, the Badgers are far ahead of where the Spartans are, but will it stay that way come the end of the season?

– With only Rutgers and Minnesota losing this past weekend, there was not much room for movement from the preseason rankings. However, come next week we’ll likely see a very different scenario thanks to much more difficult games ahead.

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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