Manned by Patrick Conners, TBHR will look around the Big Ten Conference to determine which teams are the best AND worst week-to-week.
- Michigan State
- Penn State
- Ohio State
The biggest jump from my last power rankings is the Michigan Wolverines. They have looked much better in recent weeks, despite going 2-2 since the last power ranking came out. Maryland stayed atop the list, and Wisconsin jumped Purdue due to the fact that they’ve have had some losses that just don’t seem to add up.
By the way, Northwestern is a tourney team this year and the biggest surprise in the Big Ten. While I want to put Michigan at the 5 spot, MSU does deserve some credit for beating the Wolverines over the weekend. As for Indiana, they are a VERY unstable 7. They’ve lost two in a row and we don’t quite know the extent of the James Blackmon Jr. injury yet. The longer he’s out, the more they’ll continue to struggle. As for the rest of the conference, it’s still a toss up. Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska all boast wins over Purdue, but have also lost some questionable games. I have a feeling things will look a lot different within the conference in the next couple weeks.
Where Michigan Stands
As far as Michigan is concerned, I think they’ve finally gotten it together — for the most part. The next three games will be BEYOND big for the Wolverines. At minimum, I think they must win two of the next three games to keep within reach of the NCAA Tournament. If they want to send a message, they’ll go 3-0. These wins would include wins vs. Ohio State and Michigan State at home, and Indiana on the road. This team has the talent to do it and I hope they go out and prove it. I love what I’m seeing out of the bigs recently, and the guard play has improved overall, especially with the way Derrick Walton has been playing.
If everyone can show up (preferably without the flu), there is no reason this team can’t finish out strong and crack into the top 5 of the conference come B1G tourney time. Maybe with some magic they can even reach that 4 spot!