Big Ten Rankings - February 19
1. Indiana (23-3, 11-2) – The Hoosiers most important game of the season just happens to take place in an arena that they’ve lost at 15 times in a row. A win all but clinches the Big Ten regular season title for Indiana and all but secures them a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
2. Michigan State (22-4, 11-2) – Incredible to think that this is the same team that seven weeks ago was ranked No. 22 in the nation and seemed to be on a decline. With a win over Indiana on Tuesday there’s a great chance the Spartans are the top ranked team in the country in a week.
3. Wisconsin (18-8, 9-4) – The Badgers control their own destiny at this point. Win out and they could still share the Big Ten Title. This is a dangerous team that is playing their best ball of the season at the right time.
4. Michigan (22-4, 9-4) – 21 and 10 from GR3 against Penn State was great to see after the freshman struggled in the Wolverines three losses against Indy, MSU and Wisconsin. (Eight points on 4-16 shooting) The schedule easies up before the March 2nd revenge game against MSU.
5. Ohio State (18-7, 8-5) – Looks like the Buckeyes will get the dreaded 5 seed in the Big Ten tourney. Before Nebraska was added to the conference, the No. 5 seed would have received a bye right into the quarters. Now the 5 will have to win four games in four days to win the tournament.
6. Illinois (19-8, 6-7) –For a while it looked like the Illini were going to miss the tourney after starting the season 14-2. The win over Indiana clinched them a spot in the tourney.
7. Iowa (17-9, 6-7) – With a strong finish and at least one win in the Big Ten Tourney, the Hawkeyes could slip into the NCAA Tournament as the eighth Big Ten rep.
8. Minnesota (18-8, 6-7) – Only three wins in their last 10 but remain ranked 14th in both the RPI and BPI thanks to the second most difficult schedule.
9. Purdue (12-14, 5-8) – A week off is exactly what the Boilermakers need after dropping their past three games by an average of 20 points.
10. Northwestern (13-13, 4-9) – A 21 point loss to Illinois just adds to the misery that has been the Wildcats season. 1-5 in their last six games has probably killed a bid to the NIT.
11. Nebraska (12-14, 3-10) – Doesn’t look like the Cornhuskers will top last year’s conference win total of four.
12. Penn State (8-17, 0-13) – With five games remaining on their schedule, it looks as if the Nitty Lions will become the first team in 13 years not to win a Big Ten game.