|1. Michigan (18-6, 10-2) • Even|
|Last week: Feb. 5 W vs Nebraska 79-50, Feb. 8 L at Iowa 67-85|
|This week: Tuesday W at #22 Ohio State 70-60, Sunday vs #21 Wisconsin 1pm CBS|
Michigan needed to stop the bleeding after a drubbing in Iowa resulted in its second loss in three games. The team that won 10 games in a row showed up in the second half in Columbus, leading Michigan to its first win there since 2003 and putting the Wolverines back atop the Big Ten standings.
|2. Michigan State (21-4, 10-2) • Even|
|Last week: Feb. 6 W vs Penn State 82-67, Feb. 9 L at Wisconsin 58-60|
|This week: Thursday W vs Northwestern 85-70, Sunday vs Nebraska 3pm|
The Spartans are mired in a tough stretch in which they had lost three of their last five games. Last night’s win over Northwestern and upcoming games against Nebraska and Purdue should provide an opportunity to get back on track before the big showdown in Ann Arbor on February 23.
|3. Wisconsin (20-5, 7-5) • Up 7|
|Last week: Feb. 4 W at Illinois 75-63, Feb. 9 W vs #9 Michigan State 60-58|
|This week: Thursday W vs Minnesota 78-70, Sunday at #15 Michigan 1pm CBS|
Although a win over Illinois ended a streak of five losses in six games for the Badgers, beating first-place Michigan State hinted at a possible return of the Wisconsin that started the season ranked in the top 10.
|4. Iowa (18-6, 7-4) • Even|
|Last week: Feb. 4 L vs Ohio State 69-76, Feb. 8 W vs #10 Michigan 85-67|
|This week: Saturday at Penn State 1pm ESPNU|
In its last six games, Iowa has rotated between wins and losses, making it difficult to gain any ground in the Big Ten standings. Its inconsistency was nowhere to be found on Saturday, though, as it dominated Michigan on national television.
|5. Nebraska (13-10, 5-6) • Even|
|Last week: Feb. 5 L at #10 Michigan 50-79, Feb. 8 W at Northwestern 53-49|
|This week: Wednesday W vs Illinois 67-58, Sunday at #9 Michigan State 3pm BTN|
Tim Miles’s team finally picked up a road win last Saturday with a win over the streaking Wildcats in Evanston. Nebraska continues to protect its home court, moving to 11-1 with its second straight win on Wednesday night.
|6. Ohio State (19-6, 6-6) • Up 2|
|Last week: Feb. 4 W at #17 Iowa 76-69, Feb. 8 W vs Purdue 67-49
|This week: Tuesday L to #15 Michigan 60-70, Saturday at Illinois 8pm BTN|
Just when Aaron Craft and his crew began to look like the preseason top 10 team they were four months ago, Michigan went into Columbus and won for the first time since 2003. Ohio State had won three games before the loss to Michigan, and the schedule offers an opportunity to build another winning streak into March.
|7. Northwestern (12-13, 5-7) • Down 4|
|Last week: Feb. 8 L vs Nebraska 49-53|
|This week: Thursday L at #9 Michigan State 70-85, Sunday vs Minnesota 6pm BTN|
Northwestern’s magical stretch that brought it as high as fourth in the Big Ten came to an abrupt halt Saturday when it became the first team to lose to Nebraska at home this season. An extremely busy week lies ahead for Chris Collins’s crew, as it will host Minnesota in between trips to East Lansing and Columbus.
|8. Penn State (13-12, 4-8) • Down 2|
|Last week: Feb. 6 L at #9 Michigan State 82-67, Feb. 9 L vs Illinois 55-60|
|This week: Wednesday W at Indiana 66-65, Saturday vs #16 Iowa 1pm ESPNU|
The Big Ten’s last place team shook up the conference with a three-game winning streak last week, but followed up by losing twice in four days. Penn State got back on track Wednesday night by pulling off a shocker on the road against Indiana.
|9. Minnesota (16-9, 5-7) • Even|
|Last week: Feb. 5 L at Purdue 74-77 3OT, Feb. 8 W vs Indiana 66-60|
|This week: Thursday L at #21 Wisconsin 70-78, Sunday at Northwestern 6pm BTN|
An outstanding non-conference performance by Minnesota evaporated during Big Ten play, in which it has lost five of its last eight. Before beating Indiana last Saturday, Richard Pitino’s team dropped three straight against teams with losing conference records.
|10. Indiana (14-10, 4-7) • Down 3|
|Last week: Feb. 8 L at Minnesota 60-66|
|This week: Wednesday L to Penn State 65-66, Saturday at Purdue 4pm ESPN|
Indiana got the enormous win it needed to turn its season around when it handed the first-place Wolverines their first conference loss. Unfortunately for this team, the next two games featured losses to Minnesota and Penn State, dropping the Hoosiers right back to where they were.
|11. Purdue (14-10, 4-7) • Even|
|Last week: Feb. 5 W vs Minnesota 77-75 3OT, Feb. 8 L at Ohio State 49-67|
|This week: Saturday vs Indiana 4pm ESPN|
Fans in West Lafayette enjoyed a thrilling triple-overtime win over Minnesota last week, but Purdue’s struggles leave little reason for hope as the Big Ten season nears a close.
|12. Illinois (14-11, 3-9) • Even|
|Last week: Feb. 4 L vs Wisconsin 63-75, Feb. 9 W at Penn State 60-55|
|This week: Wednesday L at Nebraska 58-67, Saturday vs #22 Ohio State 8pm BTN|
In its last 10 games, Illinois does boast a win over 11th-place Penn State, but the other nine games are all loses. Chances of making the NCAA Tournament in 2014 have evaporated for this young team.