Big Ten basketball is finally down to Big Ten play. Gone are creampuff games, head-scratching losses to NJIT or Incarnate Word and losses to Top 25 teams. Instead, we’ve got equally head-scratching losses and a lot more confusion than ever before.
About the only thing agreed upon is that the Wisconsin Badgers are the class of Big Ten basketball this season.
So, after two games for most Big Ten team in conference play, where do our voters see this league so far? Let’s remind you of our esteemed panel of voters first (and make sure you follow them on Twitter for great 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…
– How Illinois goes 0-2 to start Big Ten play and goes from No. 8 to No. 7 in the poll is a bit beyond me. It’s not like we’re talking about the Illini losing to Wisconsin and Maryland in back-to-back games. The Illini did end up losing to Michigan (overtime) and Ohio State on the road — not exactly the best of the best.
– No team took a bigger tumble than the Minnesota Gophers, and rightfully so. The Gophers lost to Purdue at Mackey Arena and were crushed by Maryland on the road as well. Losing on the road in the Big Ten is to be expected from time to time, but many considered this team a potentially third-best in the conference before these two losses put an end to that talk.
– Indiana has only played one conference game, but the voters took to the road win at Nebraska that’s for sure. The Hoosiers moved up two spots in our power poll on the strength of that win, an interesting concept because the Huskers aren’t exactly the darlings of the Big Ten. In fact, they moved from 10th to 11th with the loss. Just goes to show how topsy-turvy this league is in 2014-15.