Big Ten Power Rankings Archive

Big Ten Power Rankings: February 8

The Inside the Hall Big Ten Power Rankings are back following the sixth week of conference play and there are more shakeups in the league’s pecking order. Here’s a look at where each team stands after the sixth week of Big Ten play (Note: Points per possession numbers in parenthesis are for conference games only):

14. Rutgers (6-18, 0-11, .91 points per possession, 1.24 points per possession allowed) … Rutgers went to triple overtime against Illinois which is almost a win!

13. Minnesota (6-17, 0-11, .94 points per possession, 1.1 points per possession allowed) … The Golden Gophers followed a string of close losses by getting their doors blown off at Northwestern. There simply aren’t many positives for this team right now, other than the fact they don’t have the label of the worst team in the conference thanks to Rutgers.

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Big Ten Power Rankings: February 1

The Inside the Hall Big Ten Power Rankings are back following the fifth week of conference play and there are once again shakeups in the league’s pecking order. Here’s a look at where each team stands after the fifth week of Big Ten play (Note: Points per possession numbers in parenthesis are for conference games only):

14. Rutgers (6-16, 0-9, .90 points per possession, 1.25 points per possession allowed) … Rutgers only lost to Michigan by 11 last week, so that’s a positive right?

13. Minnesota (6-16, 0-10, .94 points per possession, 1.11 points per possession allowed) … The Golden Gophers last five losses have each been by seven points or less, so there’s an argument to made that this group is improving. But there’s simply not enough talent and too much youth for Minnesota to win right now.

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Big Ten Power Rankings: January 25

The Inside the Hall Big Ten Power Rankings are back following the fourth week of conference play and there are more shakeups in the league’s pecking order. Here’s a look at where each team stands after the fourth week of Big Ten play (Note: Points per possession numbers in parenthesis are for conference games only):

14. Rutgers (6-14, 0-7, .90 points per possession, 1.27 points per possession allowed) … There’s nothing to say. Rutgers is awful. And the critics in Piscataway are growing louder.

13. Minnesota (6-14, 0-8, .94 points per possession, 1.13 points per possession allowed) … While they haven’t won a game in the Big Ten yet, at least Minnesota has been slightly competitive. Its last three losses came by three possessions or less. Things don’t get easier, as the Gophers get Purdue and Indiana to close out January.

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Big Ten Power Rankings: January 18

The Inside the Hall Big Ten Power Rankings are back following the third week of conference play and there are more shakeups in the league’s pecking order. Here’s a look at where each team stands after the third week of Big Ten play (Note: Points per possession numbers in parenthesis are for conference games only):

14. Rutgers (6-12, 0-5, .89 points per possession, 1.21 points per possession allowed) … Bad. Awful. Unwatchable. That’s what Rutgers is. The Scarlet Knights haven’t truly been competitive in any of their conference games this season, and I have a hard time finding a game they might win.

13. Minnesota (6-12, 0-6, .94 points per possession, 1.17 points per possession allowed) … Minnesota found a way to keep things close with Indiana, but despite the score, it never felt like the Golden Gophers would actually pull off the upset. They lack a big time scorer and have one of the worst defenses in the Big Ten. Minnesota will travel to Michigan and play host to Illinois this week.

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Big Ten Power Rankings: January 11

The Inside the Hall Big Ten Power Rankings are back following the second week of conference play and there are more shakeups in the league’s pecking order. Here’s a look at where each team stands after the second week of Big Ten play (Note: Points per possession numbers in parenthesis are for conference games only):

14. Rutgers (6-11, 0-4, .89 points per possession, 1.21 points per possession allowed) … There’s no other way to put this: Rutgers is the worst major conference team in the country. The Scarlet Knights took two drubbings this past week: a 25-point smackdown at Maryland, which was expected. But Rutgers was even worse on Saturday in a 34-point loss at home to Nebraska. Will Rutgers win one Big Ten game? It’s a valid question.

13. Minnesota (6-10, 0-4, .97 points per possession, 1.19 points per possession allowed) … It was another tough week for the Golden Gophers as they fell to Penn State in State College and then got absolutely pounded at home against Northwestern. Defense is a major problem for Richard Pitino’s team as Minnesota has yet to hold a Big Ten opponent under 1.13 points per possession. With a road game at Nebraska and then Indiana coming to town, things won’t get any easier this week.

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Big Ten Power Rankings: January 4

The Inside the Hall Big Ten Power Rankings are back following the opening week of conference play with a new team at the top. Here’s a look at where each team stands after two Big Ten games (Note: Points per possession numbers in parenthesis are for conference games only):

14. Rutgers (6-9, 0-2, .91 points per possession, 1.12 points per possession allowed) … There’s really not much to say about the Scarlet Knights. They are dreadful to watch and after opening up with losses to Indiana and Wisconsin, I’ll be impressed if Rutgers can manage to win one conference game this season.

13. Minnesota (6-8, 0-2, .96 PPP, 1.14 PPP allowed) … Minnesota made things interesting against Michigan State, but the Golden Gophers lack a true game changer, and will continue to have a tough time in conference play. Minnesota struggles mightily on defense, but the schedule gets easier as Penn State, Northwestern and Nebraska are its next three opponents.

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Big Ten Power Rankings: December 28

The Inside the Hall Big Ten Power Rankings are back for another season as conference action begins this week. In this special non-conference edition of the rankings, we look at each team’s performance this season so far. Beginning next week, Andrew Vailliencourt will author each week’s rankings. Here’s a look at where each team stands heading into league play:

14. Rutgers (5-7, .95 points per possession, 1.02 points per possession allowed) … It’s year three of the Eddie Jordan era in Piscataway and the results continue to underwhelm. The Scarlet Knights are the Big Ten’s worst team and it’s not even close. At No. 261 in the Pomeroy ratings, Rutgers is 110 spots lower than the next closest Big Ten team in Minnesota. And Pomeroy doesn’t have Jordan’s program favored in a single conference game. With a new athletic director on the way, Jordan, one of the school’s most popular former players, may have a shorter leash to turn things around. Right now, there are very few signs of progress for him to point to.

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