It’s that time of the week again! While the rich get richer, and the poor have to deal with it – The B1G continues to fill out as the best conference in all of the land.
I don’t know about you, but the more I watch this conference, the more I realize that there are 4 Legitimate teams that could make a play for the conference crown.
And at least six teams have a decent shot at making a run in the conference tournament.
Of course, this poll was compiled at the beginning of the week, before Michigan, Indiana, Ohio State, and Minnesota picked up wins early in the week against Northwestern, Purdue, Wisconsin, and Nebraska.
Thanks againt to Andy Coppens of The B1g Time for compiling and planning this poll. Here is a list of this week’s voters.
Andy Coppens - The B1G Time/ MadTown Badgers (Wisconsin) (@andycoppens)
Will Nahikian - The B1G Time MSU contributor (@TheB1GTimeMSU)
Robert - A Lion Eye (Illinois) (@ALionEye)
Ross WB - Black Heart Gold Pants (Iowa) (@BHGP & @RossWB)
Brad Muckenthaler - Maize N Blue Nation (Michigan) (@MaizeBlueNation)
Ace Anbender - MGoBlog (Michigan) (@aceanbender)
Tom - The Daily Gopher (Minnesota) (@TheDailyGopher)
David McGee - CornNation (Nebraska) – (@CornNation)
Joe Dexter - The Buckeye Battle Cry (Ohio State) – (@joedexter)
Without further ado, this week’s poll.
|Place||School (1st place votes)||Points||Last Week||Point Change|
Andy Coppens shares some of his thoughts on the poll:
- Clearly a four game losing streak is taking it’s toll on the Gophers, who dropped the most of any team in terms of points (-17) and positions (2).
- Michigan may have a clear advantage in the national polls, but here they actually dropped a 1st place vote from last week, so perhaps that win by Indiana over MSU was powerful enough to sway a vote their way, huh?
- Purdue is starting to gain a lot more attention and love from the pollsters this week, jumping 11 points (the highest along with OSU) and amazingly sits in the top half of the conference standings as well.
- Nebraska won it’s 2nd conference game this week and gained 4 points in the poll as a result, could they make a move outside of the bottom two by season’s end?
- For the 2nd straight week the Nittany Lions received every single last place vote and I doubt that’s changing anytime soon.
Games To Watch:
There are some great games still on the slate on the back end of this week. Let’s break down the rest of the week in the B1G.
Illinois @ Michigan State 7 PM ET ESPN – The last time these two teams met exactly a year ago, It was Illinois squeaking out a one point victory. After starting strong, Illinois has really struggled in Big Ten play. It looks like things are turning around though behind the play of D.J. Richardson, who averaged 21 ppg last week. The Illini have lost 4 out of 5 conference contests, but could give Sparty a run for their money. Michigan State is a nine point favorite at home tonight and lost to Indiana on Sunday.
Penn State @ Iowa 8 PM ET ESPNU – I’d have a hard time sitting down to watch this game, but you can get a really good look at how good this Iowa team will be in the future. For Coach Chambers and Penn State, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. But a lot of darkness ahead
Ohio State @ Nebraska 7 PM ET BTN – We will preview this game to a tee, thanks to Ken “The Man” — our residential Previewing SAVAGE. That man has some beautiful breakdownability. Yes, I just made that word up. Badger fans, if you got a problem — Deal With It. Man, I love Operation kick Bucky when they are down. Speaking of down for the count, It looks like Coach Miles has a lot more recruiting to do to get the Huskers up to par in the conference.
Michigan @ Indiana 9 PM ET ESPN – Who will separate themselves as the best in the conference? Last year, Michigan gained an identity of a good team that could not win tough games away from Crisler. This year, they will look to get away from that monicker with their first true road conference test. I like Indiana at assembly, even with Crean’s existence lost in New Orleans.
Iowa @ Minnesota 1 PM ET BTN – The Gophers are looking to salvage what is left of the B1G season. That starts Saturday with the Hawkeyes. Rodney Williams has to continue being the leader of this team for them to win. Trevor Mbakwe should return, but until he does. It will be Williams answering the bell. Assuming they get past Penn State tonight, Iowa will need a major win to keep in NCAA tourney talks. Minnesota helps, but losing 3 out of four to OSU, Penn State, Purdue and Minnesota would not be good for the March Resume.
Wisconsin @ Illinois 3;#0 PM BTN – Can Wisconsin stop a playmaker defensively? we will find out tonight against Michigan State. If not, it could be a tough two game losing streak for the Badgers. Brandon Paul has the ability to take over a ballgame and D.J. Richardson is playing his best basketball of the year.