Big Ten Power Rankings Archive

Big Ten Power Rankings: March 10

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(Photo credit: Dustin Johnson, UMHoops.com)

The Inside the Hall Big Ten Power Rankings are back following the final week of league play. This week’s rankings feature a look at where all 12 teams in the Big Ten stand following what was a thrilling — and unpredictable — regular season.

Without further ado, check out where each team stands after all 18 games of league play: 

12. Purdue (15-16, 5-13, PPP: 1.0, PPP Allowed: 1.08) (LAST WEEK: 11) … The Boilermakers are in free-fall mode, losing their sixth-straight game this past Sunday — at home — to Northwestern. And with that, it sealed the Boilermakers’ spot alone in last place in the conference standings. After the loss to the Wildcats, coach Matt Painter said the fall of his program has been “my fault.” Well, the Boilermakers now have a ways to go to get back to the top echelon of the league.

11. Northwestern (13-18, 6-12, PPP: .88, PPP Allowed: 1.03) (LAST WEEK: 12) … It took until the last game of the regular season, but the Wildcats finally got back into the win column. After losing seven straight after starting the Big Ten season with a 5-5 mark, the Wildcats went into West Lafayette on Sunday and breezed their way to a 74-65 win in which Purdue did not offer much resistance. Finally, the Wildcats got something to build on.

10. Penn State (15-16, 6-12, PPP: 1.0, PPP Allowed: 1.06) (LAST WEEK: 10) … Pat Chambers’ squad might not have gotten the end to the season it had hoped for in an 18-point loss at Minnesota on Sunday, but it’s been a season of progress for the Nittany Lions, who finished the regular season outside of last place for the first time since the 2010-2011 season. They do get a second chance at the Golden Gophers this Thursday in Indianapolis in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament.

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Big Ten Power Rankings: March 3

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The Inside the Hall Big Ten Power Rankings are back as we enter the final week of conference play. This week’s rankings feature a couple shake-ups in the top four and several throughout the bottom seven, as we head into the final stretch of what has been a thrilling regular season.

Without further ado, check out where each team stands after week nine of league play: 

12. Northwestern (12-17, 5-11, PPP: .89, PPP Allowed: 1.03) (LAST WEEK: 12) … The Wildcats remain at the bottom of this week’s power rankings as their lone game last week, at Nebraska, resulted in a 54-47 loss. They played it to the pace they want — a 57-possession game — but as of recently the Wildcats just simply haven’t been able to win those types of games. They’re now on a six-game losing streak entering the final week of the season. (Up next: March 6 vs. Penn State, March 9 at Purdue)

11. Purdue (15-14, 5-11, PPP: 1.0, PPP Allowed: 1.07) (LAST WEEK: 8) … It’s hard to look past the Boilermakers’ loss to Michigan this past week, in which the Boilermakers had every opportunity to knock out the Big Ten leader. But the Wolverines came storming back, forced overtime without ever even holding a lead in the game and won on a last-second lay-up from Glenn Robinson III. And the Boilermakers followed that with a deflating loss at Iowa on Sunday in which they, again, got close and couldn’t finish the deal. Purdue, this season, doesn’t have one win over a team ranked in the KenPom.com top 50. They’re the only Big Ten team without one. (Up next: March 5 at Wisconsin, March 9 vs. Northwestern)

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Big Ten Power Rankings: February 24

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(Photo credit: Scott Mapes, UMHoops.com)

The Inside the Hall Big Ten Power Rankings are back for another week as the end of conference play nears. This week’s rankings feature stability at the top and more shake-ups in the bottom six as we head into the final stretch of the regular season.

Without further ado, check out where each team stands after week eight of league play: 

12. Northwestern (12-16, 5-10, PPP: .89, PPP Allowed: 1.04) (LAST WEEK: 9) … Just a couple weeks ago, the Wildcats were 5-5 in the conference and were fourth in the Big Ten standings. It was a nice story for Chris Collins and company in his first year in Evanston, but injuries and a simple lack of elite talent have caught up to the Wildcats. They have now lost five straight, as finding wins in February were not easy to come by. (Up next: March 1 at Nebraska)

11. Penn State (13-14, 4-10, PPP: 1.0, PPP Allowed: 1.09) (LAST WEEK: 10) … Since pulling off the shocking victory at Indiana on Feb. 12, the Nittany Lions have gone 0-2 with losses by 12 and 13 points. They never got momentum on Thursday at Nebraska in an 80-67 defeat, and with a difficult end to the schedule on-tap, it might be tough for Pat Chambers’ squad to pull off another win this season. (Up next: Feb. 27 vs. Ohio State, March 2 vs. Wisconsin)

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Big Ten Power Rankings: February 17

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(Photo credit: Scott Mapes, UMHoops.com)

The Inside the Hall Big Ten Power Rankings are back for another week as we head towards the final stretch of conference play. This week’s rankings feature more shake-ups after another set of shocking results in what has been — to say the least — an exciting Big Ten season.

Without further ado, check out where each team stands after week seven of league play: 

12. Illinois (14-12, 3-10, PPP: .93, PPP Allowed: 1.03) (LAST WEEK: 11) …  Against teams not named Indiana or Penn State this season, Illinois has struggled immensely, going a combined 0-9 against the rest of the Big Ten. That included two losses this past week to Nebraska and Ohio State. Illinois’s 13-2 start to the season is long in the past, as John Groce’s team ranks last in the Big Ten standings with just five games to go and is floundering to the finish with the league’s second-worst offense. (Up next: Feb. 19 at Minnesota) 

11. Indiana (14-11, 4-8, PPP: .97, PPP Allowed: 1.01) (LAST WEEK: 9) … This past week might have been the most tumultuous in the Tom Crean era, which included an 11-point collapse to Penn State in the final 2:26 of the game, the arrest of sophomore Hanner Mosquera-Perea and an 18-point blowout defeat at the hands of rival Purdue. Earlier in the season, plenty were talking about how tough of an out the Hoosiers might be as the season went on. Instead, the Hoosiers have regressed, now on a three-game losing streak and losers of four of their past five. (Up next: Feb. 18 vs. Iowa, Feb. 22 at Northwestern)

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Big Ten Power Rankings: February 10

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The Inside the Hall Big Ten Power Rankings are back for another week as conference play has passed its halfway point with less than a month remaining until the end of the regular season. This week’s rankings feature more shake-ups as upsets have become the norm this season in conference play.

Without further ado, check out where each team stands after week six of league play: 

12. Penn State (12-12, 3-8, PPP: .99, PPP Allowed: 1.08) (LAST WEEK: 10) … The Nittany Lions had plenty of chances to bring home a victory on Sunday against an Illinois squad on an eight-game losing streak, but once again they couldn’t close out a win on their home court. It appeared the Nittany Lions were making progress, winning their past two on their home court against Purdue and Nebraska, but Sunday’s loss was more like their early-season struggles where they could not close out a home victory. (Up next: Feb. 12 at Indiana, Feb. 15 vs. Iowa)

11. Illinois (14-10, 3-8, PPP: .96, PPP Allowed: 1.04) (LAST WEEK: 12) …  Well, the eight-game losing streak is finally over, and many thanks can go to freshman Kendrick Nunn’s game-sealing 3-pointer with about 22 seconds left, three of his 19 points on Sunday afternoon. Still, two of the Fighting Illini’s three conference wins have come against Penn State, so they don’t move up much after their first win in more than a month. (Up next: Feb. 12 at Nebraska, Feb. 15 vs. Ohio State) 

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Big Ten Power Rankings: February 3

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The Inside the Hall Big Ten Power Rankings are back for another week as conference play continues to prove to be, well, unpredictable. This week’s rankings feature another set of shake-ups after yet another wild week in conference action that saw plenty of upsets.

Without further ado, check out where each team stands after week five of league play: 

12. Illinois (13-9, 2-7, PPP: .94, PPP Allowed: 1.03) (LAST WEEK: 11) …  Illinois’s slide to the bottom of the Big Ten became complete on Saturday, as the Illini scored its most points since Jan. 4 against Penn State but allowed 81 points en route to a seven-point loss at home to Iowa. The Illini haven’t won since that game against the Nittany Lions and will get their second chance at the Nittany Lions this week in State College. (Up next: Feb. 4 vs. Wisconsin, Feb. 9 at Penn State) 

11. Purdue (13-9, 3-6, PPP: .99, PPP Allowed: 1.04) (LAST WEEK: 9) … After two losses this week on the road — one to a surging Michigan squad and another to Penn State on Sunday — the Boilermakers find themselves on a four-game losing streak and near the bottom of the Big Ten standings, once again. Though Purdue is rebounding 36.1 percent of its misses in Big Ten play, it hasn’t really mattered much, as it is shooting only a 42.9 effective field goal percentage (second-worst in conference action) and is getting 14.4 percent of its shots blocked. (Up next: Feb. 5 vs. Minnesota, Feb. 8 at Ohio State)

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Big Ten Power Rankings: January 27

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The Inside the Hall Big Ten Power Rankings are back for another week as conference play continues. This week’s rankings feature (once again) a new No. 1 and another set of shake-ups after yet another wild week in conference action.

Check out where each team stands after week four of league play. (Photo credit: Dustin Johnson of UMHoops.com)

12. Penn State (10-10, 1-6, PPP: .97, PPP Allowed: 1.08) (LAST WEEK: 12) … Well, the Nittany Lions finally won a close game. On Thursday, the Nittany Lions battled a Nebraska team coming off a win at home against Ohio State and held the Cornhuskers to 54 points in a comeback victory at the Bryce Jordan Center. Still, the Nittany Lions are 1-5 in games decided by five points or less this season. (Up next: Jan. 29 at Ohio State, Feb. 2 vs. Purdue)

11. Illinois (13-8, 2-6, PPP: .92, PPP Allowed: 1.02) (LAST WEEK: 9) …  Another two losses for the Fighting Illini put John Groce’s group on a six-game losing streak as of Sunday after starting the Big Ten season 2-0. The Illini boast the conference’s second-worst offensive efficiency and worst effective field goal percentage (40.5), and in their six-game skid, they are averaging only 55.7 points per game. In a league where you need offense to win, Illinois is simply lacking. (Up next: Feb. 1 vs. Iowa) 

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