Doing a power rankings is fun and interesting in the beginning and/or middle of the season. Towards the end, it’s kind of useless. You just look at the standings. Also, preconference basketball doesn’t really mean as much as conference action. That’s when we’ll learn a lot more. Now that Butler has knocked off the #1 Hoosiers
, you know they’ll lose their spot at #1 here as well.
Guess who the new #1 is...
The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament tips off Thursday, March 8, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Heading into the tournament, the Big Ten continues to lead all conferences in the RPI and Sagarin ratings and is the only conference in the country with five top-15 teams. So you could easily say it’s the toughest... Read more »
Overshadowed this week by UNC-Duke, the best rivalry in college basketball and Syracuse-Georgetown, the greatest in the Big East, is Illini vs. Hoosiers, a great rivalry in itself. The all time series was tied at 83 entering tonight. However, Illinois was 5-1 in their last 6 versus IU. And that one loss in Bloomington... Read more »
Ohio State or Michigan State? Who’s number one? Welcome to the Big Ten power rankings. Go here for our most recent Big East Power Rankings, which are probably more informative and accurate than the rankings below will turn out. 1) #10 Michigan State Spartans (17-4, 6-2) 13 in a row over Minnesota. Tom Izzo down-played... Read more »
I’ve always said that doing power rankings is only fun (and worth reading) when the hierarchy is rather grey and things are up in the air. PRs are kind of stupid and pointless when you get towards the end of regular season and close to conference tournament time- if you’re the sort who has rankings... Read more »
Nine undefeated teams left in all of college basketball. And none of them are named Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Duke (ESPN loves them so much I felt the need to list them twice), Ohio State, Florida or Kansas. In other words, if you’re still undefeated at this point of this season, you are legit- at... Read more »
Hands down, the Indiana Hoosiers are probably the worst team in the Big Ten right now. It’s very unfamiliar territory considering the storied Hoosier tradition. In all college basketball, they’re third all-time in national titles, fifth in tournament appearances, sixth in tourney wins, seventh in Final Fours, and 11th in wins. But since Tom Crean... Read more »
Two teams entered 0-3 in the Big Ten; one emerged with a tremendous burden removed from their shoulders. Since the injury to star forward John Shurna, the conference’s leading scorer, the Northwestern Wildcats have been struggling mightily. But they took care of IU 93-81 Sunday night, to improve to 10-4. The Indiana Hoosiers got off... Read more »