13 in a row over Minnesota. Tom Izzo down-played the meaning of 400, but you saw him with tears in his eyes.
Deshaun Thomas has made strides this year and welcome to the party Lenzelle Smith. Good complements to the inside-outside combo of Jared Sullinger and AaronCraft.
3.) #20 Michigan Wolverines (16-6, 6-3)
Trey Burke is the real deal. I wonder if the peeps in Ann Arbor really deserve this team; as they’re so obsessed with college football all the time. Hoops just isn’t as big.
4.) #25 Wisconsin Badgers (16-5, 5-3)
The first five-game win streak within a Big Ten season since 2008-09 (Feb. 5-19). The Badgers have now won nine in a row against Indiana, which ties for the third-longest winning streak by any opponent against the Hoosiers, with the last occurrence coming in 1935.
5.) #16 Indiana Hoosiers (17-4, 5-4)
UW has won 11 in a row at the Kohl Center vs. Indiana. The Hoosiers’ last win in Madison came in 1999. IU really coming back down to Earth in conference play. Still miles ahead of where most of expected them.
6.) Illinois Fighting Illini (15-6, 4-4)
The Penn State thing was EMBARRASSING. Seriously, PSU is terrible, how does this keep happening? Dropped 3/4 in Creepy Valley. My kingdom for even a little bit of consistency with this team. Their RPI is 36, but they need to steal another one on the road down the stretch. Or not hold serve at home from now on out, in order to stay in the NCAA field.
At 15-7, 5-4 in conference, RPI 52, SoS 46 and 5-5 and vs the RPI top 50 their profile looks very average. And it includes bad losses to Butler and Penn State. They also have a two point win over High Point and a 1 point win over Iona which look ugly on paper but doesn’t really matter. This isn’t based on the polls which can be influenced by margin of victory.
But they don’t have any true signature victories.
“every time I think I’m out, they keep pulling me back in.” Every time they win a game that gets them off the NCAA Tournament bubble, they go and lose a couple games and fall right back off. This time though, they're done. The Purdue loss doomed them to the NIT. They're not going 7-3 down the stretch and they're not winning the BTT.
9.) Minnesota Golden Gophers (16-6, 4-5)
So far, they’re making the biggest statement about the worthlessness of non-conference records. They’re this league’s Seton Hall. The Pirates are getting beat back in the Big East, just like the Gophs are here. Meyers Leonard totally bailed them out with the "and 1" foul in the final seconds of regulation. Illini just gave game away.
10.) Nebraska Cornhuskers (11-9, 3-6)
Does anybody follow this? Seriously, it’s just football season year round in Lincoln, right?
11.) Iowa Hawkeyes (11-11, 3-6) a home loss to Nebraska, you’re joking right?
Does anybody follow this? Seriously, it’s just JoePa worshiping season year round in Paternoland, right? At least that's what the media tells us now anyway.
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