The Inside the Hall Big Ten Power Rankings are back for another week, as Wisconsin has clinched at least a share of the Big Ten title while five other teams remain in contention for top four Big Ten tournament seeding.
Here’s a look at where each team stands following the ninth week of play in 2015:
14. Rutgers (10-19, 2-14, PPP: .89, PPP Allowed: 1.07) (Last week: 14) … The 12-game losing streak continues, but the Scarlet Knights showed life in Thursday’s loss at Purdue. They got down by as many as 20 points midway through the second half, but to close the game Rutgers outscored Purdue, 38-25, even cutting the Boilermakers lead to just six points with 21 seconds remaining. The game also happened to have the Scarlet Knights’ most efficient offensive output in that losing streak at 1.11 PPP, their best mark since their Jan. 11 win over Wisconsin. (Next up: March 3 vs. Maryland; March 7 at Michigan)
13. Penn State (15-14, 3-13, PPP: .95, PPP Allowed: 1.01) (Last week: 13) … They had just one game this past week, and the Nittany Lions nearly managed to earn their first win in three weeks. But an up-and-down game against Iowa ended in yet another loss for Pat Chambers’ squad, as it sealed a bottom-four finish in the league for the fourth straight year in Chambers’ tenure. The Nittany Lions, however, did give Iowa a run for its money — taking a 12-point lead early and coming back from a seven-point halftime deficit to force overtime. The stinging, game-deciding play, however? A D.J. Newbill turnover with 30 seconds left in his second-to-last ever game inside the Bryce Jordan Center that turned into two Iowa free throws and an insurmountable deficit. (Next up: March 4 vs. Ohio State; March 8 at Minnesota)
The Inside the Hall Big Ten Power Rankings are back for another week, as Wisconsin is now just a game away from clinching at least a share of the Big Ten title, while three other teams — Purdue, Maryland and Michigan State — have separated themselves by a two-game margin in the top four of the Big Ten standings.
Here’s a look at where each team stands following the eighth week of play in 2015:
14. Rutgers (10-18, 2-13, PPP: .87, PPP Allowed: 1.07) (Last week: 14) … The Scarlet Knights’ pitiful slide toward the bottom of the Big Ten standings took another step in that direction this past week with two 30-point losses. The first, an 81-47 defeat, came on the road at Iowa, who was coming off two losses of their own. The second was an 84-54 home loss to Indiana on Sunday, the fifth straight game they were limited to less than a point per possession. After Sunday’s loss, Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan was asked whether his team still has fight. It does, he suggested, but he said his team simply isn’t “good enough” yet to compete in this league. (Next up: Feb. 26 at Purdue)
13. Penn State (15-13, 3-12, PPP: .95, PPP Allowed: 1.01) (Last week: 12) …Another season has gone to the wayside for the Nittany Lions. There was a glimmer of hope after beating Nebraska on Feb. 7, but since then they have turned in three of their four-worst offensive outputs of the season — two of them coming in the past week — all of them losses. In fact, Saturday’s 60-39 defeat at Northwestern, in which they recorded just .68 PPP, was the third worst offensive effort the Nittany Lions have had in Pat Chambers’s entire four years in State College. (Next up: Feb. 28 vs. Iowa)
The Inside the Hall Big Ten Power Rankings are back for another week, as Wisconsin maintains its three-game lead on the Big Ten field while just one game separates second place from sixth in the league standings.
Here’s a look at where each team stands following the seventh week of play in 2015:
14. Rutgers (10-16, 2-11, PPP: .89, PPP Allowed: 1.04) (Last week: 13) … It seems like ages ago that the Scarlet Knights managed to beat Wisconsin in Piscataway — but it really was just over a month ago. That’s because since that game, Rutgers has gone 0-9, most recently suffering a 10-point loss to Purdue at home on Thursday in a game in which they only scored 51 points. But in that game, their .82 points per possession rate was nowhere near its worst in league play — the Scarlet Knights have had three worse offensive outputs in Big Ten games this season. (Next up: Feb. 19 at Iowa; Feb. 22 vs. Indiana)
13. Northwestern (11-14, 2-10, PPP: 1.00, PPP Allowed: 1.13) (Last week: 14) … Well, the losing streak is finally over. It took more than a month and a half between wins, but on Sunday the Wildcats pulled out a 66-61 overtime win against Iowa in Evanston. And that didn’t come without drama, either — as the Wildcats came back late only to be forced into overtime by a Jared Uthoff 3-pointer with three seconds remaining. But in the extra period, a key Sanjay Lumpkin steal and Scottie Lindsey block with less than a minute to go allowed the Wildcats to seal the win — their first after 10 straight losses. (Next up: Feb. 18 at Minnesota; Feb. 21 vs. Penn State)
The Inside the Hall Big Ten Power Rankings are back for another week, as Wisconsin has pulled away with a three-game lead while the next six teams in the standings each have four losses.
Here’s a look at where each team stands following the sixth week of play in 2015:
14. Northwestern (10-13, 1-9, PPP: 1.00, PPP Allowed: 1.13) (Last week: 14) … The Wildcats’ losing streak stretched to nine games this past week after losses on the road to Nebraska and Wisconsin. The two losses, though, were unlike their previous six — in that each were by double-digit margins. They also included two of their three worst defensive performances thus far this Big Ten season — with top five Big Ten offenses Iowa and Michigan State looming on the schedule this week. (Next up: Feb. 10 vs. Michigan State; Feb. 15 vs. Iowa)
13. Rutgers (10-15, 2-10, PPP: .90, PPP Allowed: 1.05) (Last week: 13) … When their losing streak was at six games after a loss at Indiana, Scarlet Knights coach Eddie Jordan said he was used to leading losing teams. They have yet to find that elusive win — losing their two games this past week by double digit margins to both Illinois and Ohio State. Most notable about the Scarlet Knights’ struggles, though, has been their offense. Just how bad is it? Their points per possession rate is the second worst in league play dating back to the 2004-2005 season. (Next up: Feb. 12 vs. Purdue)
12. Penn State (15-9, 3-8, PPP: .99, PPP Allowed: 1.00) (Last week: 12) … They did not have great offense in either of their two games this past week, with just .85 points per possession against Maryland and a 25.8 percent turnover rate against Nebraska, but the Nittany Lions split results and have three wins in their past five after their 0-6 start to Big Ten play. Their defense in their win against Nebraska was stellar, too — as they forced the Cornhuskers into shooting a dreadful 15-of-51 from the floor. (Next up: Feb. 11 at Ohio State; Feb. 14 vs. Maryland)
The Inside the Hall Big Ten Power Rankings are back for another week, and with it comes plenty of movement at the halfway point of conference action.
Here’s a look at where each team stands following the fifth week of play in 2015:
14. Northwestern (10-11, 1-7, PPP: 1.01, PPP Allowed: 1.10) (Last week: 13) … It’s been more than a month since the Wildcats have won a game. Their lone game this past week was on Saturday at home against Purdue, and even then the largest lead they had the entire game was just three points. Midway through the second half, the Boilermakers had the win in the bag. Efficiency wise, the Wildcats rank in the bottom half in both offense and defense — but neither ranks last in the league. They simply haven’t been able to find ways to win. (Next up: Feb. 3 at Nebraska; Feb. 7 at Wisconsin)
13. Rutgers (10-13, 2-8, PPP: .91, PPP Allowed: 1.04) (Last week: 12) … Just as a reminder, three weeks ago the Scarlet Knights beat Wisconsin in Piscataway. Because since then, they haven’t shown much. The Scarlet Knights now find themselves on a six-game losing streak after Saturday’s loss at Indiana — as even the Big Ten’s worst offense couldn’t get enough production against the league’s second-worst defense. Their remaining schedule isn’t easy, either — their remaining opponents are a combined 44-28 in league play thus far. (Next up: Feb. 3 at Illinois; Feb. 8 vs. Ohio State)
The Inside the Hall Big Ten Power Rankings are back for another week, and with it comes a new No. 1.
Here’s a look at where each team stands following the fourth week of play in 2015:
14. Penn State (13-7, 1-6, PPP: 1.03, PPP Allowed: 1.07) (Last week: 14) … Well, it took longer than the Nittany Lions had hoped for but on Saturday they finally picked up their first win of the Big Ten season in a 79-51 drubbing of Rutgers. But outside of that result, not much has gone well for Patrick Chambers’s squad. They rank last in the league in effective field goal percentage defense, and despite keeping things close in East Lansing last Wednesday, they still don’t have enough to put performances into wins. (Next up: Jan. 28 vs. Minnesota; Jan. 31 at Illinois)
13. Northwestern (10-10, 1-6, PPP: 1.01, PPP Allowed: 1.09) (Last week: 13) … If there has been a theme that has emerged with the Wildcats this season it has been they have been close over and over — and have failed to put the result together when it has mattered most. They held an 11-point lead at Maryland with 4:21 to go on Sunday and lost. They gave Ohio State a stern test on Thursday and lost. In their past five games, all losses, the Wildcats have been defeated by a combined 17 points. (Next up: Jan. 31 vs. Purdue)
The Inside the Hall Big Ten Power Rankings are back for another week as just one team now remains winless in conference play and four are within one game of first place in the league standings.
Here’s a look at where each team stands following the third week of play in 2015:
14. Penn State (12-6, 0-5, PPP: 1.00, PPP Allowed: 1.13) (Last week: 14) … An already bad week for the Nittany Lions got worse on Sunday after it was revealed they turned down at least 30 people at ticket counters before Saturday’s game against Purdue, even though it was nowhere near sold out. The week started with the announcement of the suspension of John Johnson and continued with two losses to Indiana and the Boilermakers, and the Nittany Lions now find themselves as the lone winless team in Big Ten action. (Next up: Jan. 21 at Michigan State; Jan. 24 vs. Rutgers)
13. Northwestern (10-8, 1-4, PPP: .97, PPP Allowed: 1.07) (Last week: 13) … The Wildcats found themselves in two close games this past week, battling back against Illinois late and with a second-half lead at Michigan. Both times, though, they did not have the late-game playmaking to prevail. And in a league as unforgiving as the Big Ten is, close losses aren’t going to cut it. Perhaps one positive they could take from the four league losses is that they are playing so competitively despite such poor efficiency numbers. (Next up: Jan. 22 vs. Ohio State; Jan. 25 at Maryland)