A week into Big Ten play and each team has played at least one conference game. The top two teams stayed the same while everyone else shuffled up and down. Iowa and Purdue were the biggest risers while Illinois took the biggest plunge.
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|1. Wisconsin (14-1, 2-0) – Even|
|Last Week: Beat Penn State 89-72, Beat Northwestern 81-58||This Week: Wed vs Purdue, Sun at Rutgers|
Wisconsin kicked off the conference season with a couple of blowout wins, smashing Penn State by 17 and Northwestern by 23. The Badgers will carry their seven-game winning streak into very winnable pair of games this week.
|2. Maryland (14-1, 2-0) – Even|
|Last Week: Beat MSU 68-66 2OT, Beat Minnesota 70-58||This Week: Wed at Illinois, Sat at Purdue|
Maryland’s resume is incredibly similar to that of Wisconsin, as the Terps have only lost their ACC/Big Ten Challenge game to a top-three opponent. Maryland picked up a huge win in their first Big Ten matchup, knocking off the Spartans in East Lansing.
|3. Iowa (10-4, 1-0) – Up 5
|Last Week: Beat #20 Ohio State 71-65||This Week: Mon vs Nebraska, Thurs vs Michigan State|
The Big Ten season got off to a great start for Iowa, which went into Columbus and knocked off the No. 20 Buckeyes. The Hawkeyes are facing a gauntlet of a schedule over their next five games.
|4. Ohio State (12-3, 1-1) – Up 1
|Last Week: Lost to Iowa 65-71, Beat Illinois 77-61||This Week: Tue at Minnesota, Sat at Indiana|
Thad Matta’s team quickly recovered from a stunning home loss to start the conference season by thrashing Illinois 77-61 Saturday. Now Ohio State hits the road for matchups with Minnesota and Indiana.
|5. Indiana (11-3, 1-0) – Down 1
|Last Week: Beat Nebraska 70-65||This Week: Mon at Michigan State, Sat vs #22 Ohio State|
An overtime loss to Georgetown soured the end of Indiana’s non-conference season, but they bounced back to beat Nebraska on the road in their Big Ten opener, something only the conference-champion Wolverines did all of last season.
|6. Purdue (10-5, 2-0) – Up 6|
|Last Week: Beat Minn 72-68, Beat Michigan 64-51||This Week: Wed at #4 Wisconsin, Sat vs #11 Maryland|
The most surprising team through one week of Big Ten games might be the Boilermakers, who beat two teams that figured to be among the league’s leaders at the beginning of the year. If Purdue wins in Wisconsin Wednesday, that’ll turn some heads.
|7. Northwestern (10-5 1-1) – Up 3|
|Last Week: Beat Rutgers 51-47, Lost to #4 Wisconsin 58-81||This Week: Sunday at Michigan State|
The Wildcats were on a roll to finish out the non-conference season before hitting a brick wall at home against Wisconsin. Chris Collins might feel the wrath of an alarmingly easy schedule now that Big Ten play has started.
|8. Penn State (12-3, 0-2) – Down 5|
|Last Week: Lost to #4 Wisconsin 72-89, Lost to Rutgers 46-50||This Week: Tue vs Michigan|
Penn State was expected to lose its Big Ten opener to Wisconsin, but when it dropped Saturday’s showdown with Rutgers, the 12-1 non-conference record started to look a little fluky.
|9. Minnesota (11-4, 0-2) – Down 2|
|Last Week: Lost to Purdue 68-72, Lost to #12 MD 58-70||This Week: Tue vs #22 OSU, Sat at Michigan|
Richard Pitino’s team has only played three tough games, and Minnesota lost all three of them by at least nine points. The Gophers will carry an 0-2 conference record into a matchup with Ohio State.
|10. Michigan State (9-5, 0-1) – Down 1
|Last Week: Lost to #12 Maryland 66-68 2OT||This Week: Mon vs Indiana, Thu at Iowa, Sun vs NW|
After righting the ship against The Citadel following an unthinkable loss to Texas Southern, Michigan State dropped its Big Ten opener at home to newcomer Maryland.
|11. Michigan (8-6, 1-1) – Up 3
|Last Week: Beat Illinois 73-65 OT, Lost to Purdue 51-64||This Week: Tue at Penn State, Sat vs Minnesota|
It looked like Michigan might start to turn its season around with a win over Illinois in the Big Ten opener, but a horrific offensive display in the second half against Purdue has dropped Michigan near the bottom of the league in contention status.
|12. Rutgers (9-6, 1-1) – Up 1
|Last Week: Lost to NW 47-51, Beat PSU 50-46||This Week: Thu at Nebraska, Sun vs #4 Wisconsin|
Rutgers has struggled to put together a consistent stretch all season, never winning more than two games in a row. The trend continued in the conference opener, when the Scarlet Knights fell at home to Northwestern.
|13. Illinois (10-5, 0-2) – Down 7|
|Last Week: Lost to Mich 65-73 OT, Lost to #20 OSU 61-77||This Week: Wed vs #11 Maryland, Sun at Neb|
No, this week’s Illinois games were not re-runs. For the third straight season, Jon Groce’s team put together a strong non-conference season, only to drop the ball at the beginning of Big Ten play.
|14. Nebraska (8-5, 0-1) – Down 3|
|Last Week: Lost to Indiana 65-70||This Week: Thu vs Rutgers, Sun vs Illinois|
Nebraska may be the only team more disappointing than Michigan in the Big Ten. The Cornhuskers have no great wins and three ugly losses with a loaded conference slate on tap.