Big Ten Power Rankings: Week 5

  • 01/23/2012 8:06 pm in

After another week full of upsets in the conference, we bring you our fifth edition of power rankings this season. Last week’s No. 1 (Illinois) lost to last week’s No. 12 (Penn State). Last week’s No. 11 (Nebraska) beat last week’s No. 4 (Indiana). And then both Penn State and Nebraska suffered blowout losses in their next games. If nothing else, this week of conference play proved once again just how difficult it is to win on the road in the Big Ten.

12. Penn State (10-11, 2-6) (LAST WEEK: 12)…Impressive home win against Illinois, but the Nittany Lions still have only one road victory this season. If they are going to get better, they need to find a second scorer after Tim Frazier.

11. Nebraska (10-9, 2-6) (LAST WEEK: 11)…Nice upset of Indiana, but the Hoosiers were as much responsible for giving that game away as the Cornhuskers were for taking it. They finished the week with a 34-point home loss to Ohio State.

10. Northwestern (12-7, 2-5) (LAST WEEK: 7)…The Wildcats have struggled since their upset of Michigan State on Jan. 14. It’s still hard to know what to make of this team. They’ve lost their last two games by a combined 43 points, including a 75-52 beatdown at Minnesota on Sunday.

9. Iowa (11-9, 3-4) (LAST WEEK: 8)…You never know what you’re going to get with the Hawkeyes. They won at Wisconsin and at Minnesota, and they beat Michigan at home. But they’ve also lost twice to Purdue and fell to the conference’s top two teams (Ohio State and Michigan State) by a combined 63 points.

8. Illinois (15-5, 4-3) (LAST WEEK: 1)…Well, the Fighting Illini didn’t last long in the top 25. They proved that their win against Ohio State was probably a fluke by falling at Penn State and at home against Wisconsin last week.

7. Minnesota (15-5, 3-4) (LAST WEEK: 10)…Don’t look now, but the Golden Gophers have won three games in a row after losing their first four on the conference slate. They dominated the Nittany Lions on the road — something few teams have done — and followed it up with an impressive 23-point win against Northwestern.

6. Purdue (14-6, 4-3) (LAST WEEK: 6)…Inconsistency is the best word to describe the Boilermakers. Win one, lose one, win one, lose one. They haven’t won back-to-back games since they opened the conference season with wins against Iowa and Illinois. They beat Iowa again last week, but then got hammered by 25 points at Michigan State.

5. Indiana (16-4, 4-4) (LAST WEEK: 4)…The Hoosiers bounced back nicely after a disappointing loss at Nebraska to beat Penn State, but they’ve still struggled of late. A Thursday night game at Wisconsin should be a good test for the overachieving Hoosiers.

4. Wisconsin (16-5, 5-3) (LAST WEEK: 9)…The Badgers have won four straight after a rough start, including a four-point win at Illinois on Sunday. Wisconsin is as hot and as dangerous as any team in the conference right now.

3. Michigan (15-5, 5-2) (LAST WEEK: 5)…The Wolverines suffered a disappointing loss at Arkansas on Saturday, but it still had to be a good week in Ann Arbor after they beat rival Michigan State. Michigan has to go on the road twice this week, to Purdue and Ohio State.

2. Michigan State (16-4, 5-2) (LAST WEEK: 2)…The Spartans needed a win badly after two road losses, and they got it against Purdue on Saturday. They were just a last-second shot away from beating Michigan and going 2-0 on the week.

1. Ohio State (17-3, 5-2) (LAST WEEK: 3)…The Buckeyes have won by at least 17 points in all five of their Big Ten victories, including four wins by 29 or more points. They are by far the most dominant team in the conference and, with two home games coming this week, they should own the top spot in our power rankings for quite a while.

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  • Anonymous

    Amen!!  I cant wait to see Patterson running all over the court making plays.  I made the comment a while back that Hulls is like Roth and I believe Yogi will start next year.  For some reason there is a lot of people in love with Jordy Hulls.  He can shoot but that is about it.

  • THEFAN

    It is nice to see 11 of the top 100 are from Indiana.

  • Anonymous

    You gotta win the title or tourney or be in the top 3 teams to even be considered. I think Cody (with a competition from Trey B of MU) is the freshmen of the year given how improtant he is to his team. Conference MVP could be somebody from OSU..Green from MSU or Taylor from WIS. Frazier is a long shot..but a darn good one.

  • Anonymous

    Going thru Cody a good idea if the rest of the guys aren’t standing around which is what hapened first half against PSU. changing the offense the second half..letting people go to the hole opened up everything and everybody.

  • Anonymous

    Heck and I thought it was who could eat the most Big Macs in one sitting.

  • Anonymous

    Heck and I thought it was who could eat the most Big Macs in one sitting.

  • Anonymous

    U got it Casey. Perea is a freak athlete..think a much longer physical VO. I think his level of competition and a team concept which doesn’t require or ask him to dominate..is the reason for the fall.

  • Anonymous

    wait till Calbert starts working with him..this kid can fill it up for just about anywhere

  • Anonymous

    In two years this dude won’t be able to get a shot off against Perea.

  • Anonymous

    U are correct..great feature on Ron in the most recent edition of Inside Indiana..this kid has overcome a lot..has the attitude and ability..tough as nails and improving his offense daily.

  • Anonymous

    The game tape of Jurkin last week..showed him well ahead of where Tijan and Bawa were when they came to IU. He’s still rough..but will not embarass himself on the court. Redshirt year would help..but don’t count on it.

  • Anonymous

    Had Crean been here to recruit him..he’d never seen an OSU jersey..kid has some issues..but can score..period.

  • Anonymous

    He’s great and the real deal..but will get posted given his size. Hulls gets hurt on the outside..Yogi will get hurt in the lane…

  • Anonymous

    What I like is that he will take your head off with a pass when he’s driving. Zller and Wat better be alert.

  • Anonymous

    the senior has to be able to play..no disrespect to TP..but when he’s on the floor the D has the advantage cause only 4 IU guys can score. We dealt with that for 3 years for goodness sakes.

  • Anonymous

    Yogi is a much better 3 pt and pull up shooter than Fraizer altho Tim really has mastered that sqweert “floater” which I hope Yogi perfects also.

  • Anonymous

    Yogi is a much better 3 pt and pull up shooter than Fraizer altho Tim really has mastered that sqweert “floater” which I hope Yogi perfects also.

  • Anonymous

    How do you keep him out of the lane..has a cross over like Tim Haradways…thank god Tim’s son at MU doesn’t have it.