Big Ten Power Rankings Archive

Big Ten Power Rankings: January 26


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)


Big Ten Power Rankings: January 19


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)


Big Ten Power Rankings: January 12


The Inside the Hall Big Ten Power Rankings are back for another week as no team remains undefeated in league play following Rutgers’ upset over No. 4 Wisconsin on Sunday evening. Here’s a look at where each team stands following the second week of play in 2015: 

14. Penn State (12-4, 0-3, PPP: .96, PPP Allowed: 1.12) (Last week: 11)  After a non-conference season that had many optimistic about the Nittany Lions, it’s clear that a breakthrough season is very much in doubt. The Nittany Lions have started Big Ten season with three straight losses — with their past two at Rutgers and at home against Michigan — and their defense through the first two weeks of conference action has been the worst in the league. Their offense has not been much better, either, though they do play a vulnerable Indiana defense on Tuesday. (Next up: Jan. 13 at Indiana; Jan. 17 vs. Purdue)

13. Northwestern (10-6, 1-2, PPP: .95, PPP Allowed: 1.08) (Last week: 13)  The Wildcats gave Michigan State a run for its money on Sunday, nearly topping the Spartans before the home team pulled away in overtime in East Lansing. And Chris Collins’ squad pulled off upset after upset last season, but through more than half of the 2014-2015 campaign, the Wildcats have shown none of that magic thus far — its best win coming against Rutgers. That isn’t saying much, as the Scarlet Knights rank just No. 150 in the rankings. (Next up: Jan. 14 vs. Illinois; Jan. 17 at Michigan)


Big Ten Power Rankings: January 5


The Inside the Hall Big Ten Power Rankings are back for another season as conference action now is underway. Here’s a look at where each team stands following the first week of play in 2015: 

14. Rutgers (9-6, 1-1) … One of the two additions to the Big Ten last July, the Scarlet Knights have never had much success in basketball — their last NCAA tournament appearance was in 1991, five years before current college freshmen were even born. The woes have continued into year two under coach Eddie Jordan, as they have suffered home losses to the likes of St. Francis (Pa.) and Saint Peter’s and boast the nation’s No. 271 offense and an effective field goal percentage in the bottom 30 in the country. But the Scarlet Knights have wins over Vanderbilt and most recently Penn State, showing glimpses of potential success in a wide open Big Ten this season. (Next up: Jan. 8 at Nebraska; Jan. 11 vs. Wisconsin)

13. Northwestern (10-6, 1-2) … In Chris Collins’s second year at the helm in Evanston, the Wildcats have yet to find any of the magic they had last season in what has been a lackluster start thus far. With another young squad, the 33rd-least experienced in the country, the Wildcats’ offense has once again been slow and inefficient — with their points per possession, effective field goal percentage, offensive rebound percentage and free throw rate ranking all in the bottom half of the country. And through the first half of the season, they have yet to be competitive against upper-tier teams, either — losing to its five top-100 opponents thus far at the closest by seven points and an average 14 points per game. (Next up: Jan. 11 at Michigan State)

12. Nebraska (8-5, 0-1) … Despite returning much of its 2013-2014 NCAA tournament squad, Nebraska has struggled immensely to start this season. The main difference: Its offense has been nowhere near as efficient as it was in 2013-2014 — averaging nearly 0.12 points per possession less. And after losing once in its new Pinnacle Bank Arena last season, Nebraska has already lost three times in its home arena, including one to the University of Incarnate Word. (Next up: Today at Iowa; Jan. 8 vs. Rutgers; Jan. 11 vs. Illinois)


Big Ten Power Rankings: March 10


(Photo credit: Dustin Johnson,

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.


Big Ten Power Rankings: March 3


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 top 50. They’re the only Big Ten team without one. (Up next: March 5 at Wisconsin, March 9 vs. Northwestern)


Big Ten Power Rankings: February 24


(Photo credit: Scott Mapes,

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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