While a solid core, it’s hard to see this team making a climb for the Big Ten’s top half unless at least two of those four make a notable leap on offense. Penn State had a great chance to move up in the power rankings with a win over Indiana last Wednesday but instead lost in overtime by a score of 87-85. 5 Iowa, both on the road. (A fourth transfer, Abel Porter, recently had to end his career due to a heart condition.) Defense has repeatedly been an issue for Iowa teams in recent years, but its offense stands to be so good in 2020–21 that in many games, it will simply be able to overwhelm its opponent. The development of four-star freshmen Jaden Ivey and Ethan Moten is also something to monitor. They placed 23rd in the preseason AP poll—fifth among Big Ten teams—but rank as low as ninth in various outlets’ Big Ten previews. Facebook. Tumblr. Forward Miller Kopp continues to lead the team in scoring with 14.4 points per game and is shooting 54.3% from three-point range. Wisconsin feels like it has the highest floor in the conference, and in a season that could be as unpredictable as one taking place during a global pandemic, that doesn’t count for nothing. Penn State was coming off a breakout season, but the transition to life without Lamar Stevens and Mike Watkins was already tricky enough even before the late coaching change. Expectations were raised for the Golden Gophers when transfers Liam Robbins (Drake) and Both Gach (Utah) were both granted immediate eligibility, and together, the duo might be one of the most underrated additions nationwide. Share this article share tweet text email link Robert Bondy. The Wildcats are going to be mighty young—again—but you can definitely see the outline of a group that will continue to gel and gain invaluable experience before likely making a move away from the conference basement in a year. Then there’s this: of Wisconsin’s 10 losses last season, five came before Potter was eligible to suit up, and the 6’ 10” Ohio State transfer quickly showed he’s a difference-maker, with the ability to stretch the floor (45.1% from three on 51 attempts) and control the boards (first in conference play in defensive rebound rate, per KenPom). 21 Minnesota. Liddell are all critical returning pieces, but ultimately, this team’s ceiling may hinge on whether Sueing and Towns live up to expectations, particularly on the offensive end. Free throw shooting continues to plague the Scarlet Knights, who shot 4-12 from the line vs. Iowa. Check out the fifth edition of the rankings below. 25 Ohio State Sunday. 1 seed in the canceled Big Ten tournament. We've done the ACC, Big 12 and Big East, and the Pac-12 and SEC are still to follow. Potter did it in 17.5 minutes per game, and while the Badgers added a five-man recruiting class led by forward Ben Carlson, their most direct path to improvement may be from Potter simply playing a larger role. Junior forward Justin Aherns led the way with 18 points in the blowout. The hesitation to put the Hawkeyes first is this: it’s hard to see exactly how their defense—which earlier this year finished 97th nationally and 12th in the Big Ten in KenPom’s adjusted efficiency—is going to suddenly and significantly improve with largely the same cast. 8 Wisconsin. "It's always good to see that, particularly in conference games.". The addition of Hauser combined with the natural progressions of Aaron Henry, Rocket Watts, Gabe Brown and Marcus Bingham should keep Michigan State in the thick of the Big Ten race, though it remains to be seen how this team will adapt to life without a program legend like Winston. 3. And it’s that Jordan Bohannon, once one of the conference’s best shooters before a hip injury limited him to 10 games in 2019–20, is, in essence, being added to an offense that was already elite. Pat Chambers’s abrupt resignation one month before the 2020–21 season leaves the Nittany Lions in a tough spot, and not just on the recruiting trail. "I'm sure it was visible from where you guys are, where you watch the game. The other main question is up front, where Jon Teske’s graduation puts a lot of pressure on the likes of 7' 2" freshman center Hunter Dickinson and fifth-year senior Austin Davis. “I was pleased to see some balanced scoring on our part," Illinois coach Brad Underwood said. The stacked Big Ten took another ranked victim this week when Maryland upset Wisconsin, 70-64, in Madison on Monday. In the backcourt and on the wing, Rob Phinisee, Al Durham and Jerome Hunter all return to pair with incoming five-star point guard Khristian Lander, who can give Phinisee some ballhandling relief and add scoring. There’s a lot to like about this roster—for one thing, there are five seniors who are major rotation pieces (D'Mitrik Trice, Brad Davison, Nate Reuvers, Micah Potter and Aleem Ford), and the Badgers only lost Brevin Pritzl from a group that came a bit out of nowhere to earn the No. The Spartans were one of the big winners of the transfer cycle back in spring 2019, but it’s taken until now to reap that reward. Opens in a new window Opens an external site Opens an external site in a new window Opens an external site Opens an … The Wildcats have another tough test up next, home vs. Illinois on Thursday night. Over the last week, Northwestern lost to Iowa by a score of 87-72 and then lost to Michigan by a score of 85-66. 1 … Though the Big Ten never got a chance to flex its muscle this past March, make no mistake: 2019–20 was a banner year for the conference. 1. 372) on the SiriusXM app now. CBSSports.com's college basketball scoreboard features in-game commentary and player stats. ReddIt. Don’t expect that to be the case in the Big Ten in 2020–21; in fact, the conference is potentially poised to be just as good, with 11 or 12 teams that can enter the season with tournament hopes if things break right. They are so far as Michigan remains undefeated and has four conference wins to sit in first place. 2. Meanwhile, the 6’ 6” Gach is coming off a solid sophomore season at Utah and has the ability to play either lead guard spot, adding another dynamic to the Marcus Carr/Gabe Kalscheur-led backcourt. The Conference held its preseason media day on October 13 in Washington, D.C. The season began on November 11 and conference play started on December 27.. With a win over Indiana on February 28, 2017, Purdue … Big Ten Basketball continues to prove that it is by far the best conference in all of college basketball. 5-ranked Hawkeyes remain the biggest threat to the Wolverines for the league title with only one Big Ten loss — at Minnesota. The Cavaliers forward is helping Cleveland businesses hurt by the pandemic by wearing apparel to every game. Following the season 9 teams participated in post season tournaments. Mark Turgeon didn’t add any true impact pieces on paper, so the effort to replace those two will come via committee. Ten Big Ten teams are currently projected to make the tournament in Joe Lunardi’s latest bracketology with two more in the first four out, 12 are ranked in the top 50 of the kenpom.com efficiency rankings, 11 appeared in the top 45 of the season’s first NET rankings and six are ranked in Monday’s AP Top 25. Mary Langenfeld, Mike Carter, Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports. Half a game ahead of Illinois in the standings, Michigan picked up its first ranked victory of the season Sunday in an 85-66 rout of the Northwestern Wildcats. Gone are stalwarts Matt Haarms and Nojel Eastern, but Trevion Williams is back for what could be a big year for the junior center, and he’ll be the clear fulcrum to which the offense runs through. How much transfer additions Chaundee Brown (Wake Forest) and Mike Smith (Columbia) and the Big Ten’s top-ranked recruiting class bring to the table will go a long way toward determining whether Michigan can truly make a play at the conference title or simply get lost in a sea of capable teams. The Spartans represent the end of the conference’s preseason “top tier,” because despite the loss of talents as big as Winston and Xavier Tillman, this is a promising roster. The Cornhuskers continue to get beat up in the Big Ten, losing over the last week badly to Ohio State and Michigan State. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, third in SI’s Big Ten summer power rankings. The transfer of the uber-efficient Alan Griffin was significant to a team that too often struggled to shoot the rock last season, but Brad Underwood is hoping incoming top-40 recruit Adam Miller will soften that blow. It’s not just that Garza is back. According to T-Rank, only 19 teams nationally bring back more returning possession minutes than Rutgers—and only four other teams among the Power 5 or Big East. Guard Teddy Allen continues to lead the team in scoring with 18.2 points per game. Michigan State opened Big Ten play with three-straight losses for the first time in 19 years. Trevion Williams led the team with 21 points. The Spartans are being led by forward Aaron Henry, who is scoring 13.4 points per game. If Iowa can continue to defend at … Sophomore point guard Boo Buie looks like a future league standout, even if his efficiency numbers left a lot to be desired as a freshman thrown into the fire. Gaurd Marcus Carr continues to lead the team in scoring and assists with 22.1 points per game and 5.9 assists per game. Trailing for much of the second half, the Hawkeyes win it after forcing a turnover with five seconds left. The Spartans stopped the bleeding Saturday with an 84-77 loss at Nebraska, but take another hard fall in the AP poll, now ranked No. Check out the fifth edition of the rankings below. A shorthanded Rutgers team beat Purdue 81-76, but the Scarlet Knights dropped a hard-fought two-point home loss Saturday against the Iowa Hawkeyes. In the basketball world, the Huskers lost two straight games since last week’s power rankings. Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings (1/28/20) Another week, more changes. Penn State's game on Sunday vs. Wisconsin was postponed due to health and safety concerns. In their first three years under Archie Miller, the Hoosiers have been a program for which the parts haven’t quite seemed to mesh (thanks, partly, to injuries); this could be the season that changes. RPI Rank: 1 Conf. NEWS SCORES POLLS SOCIAL CONFERENCES STATS VIDEOS ODDS. Week to week, the Big Ten power rankings are highly volatile due to many upsets within the conference. It was another tight week in Big Ten basketball as the conference schedule rolled in in early January. The Nittany Lions return on Wednesday night on the road at Ohio State. But if it wants to achieve all of its goals this season, being 97th nationally on defense again isn’t going to cut it. 23. The two combined for 31.8 ppg, with Cowan—a four-year starter—running the offense, and Smith powering the team’s rebounding effort and interior presence. 6 Wisconsin, the Gophers take down No. UFC president Dana White discusses the upcoming fight cards, plus the future of Jon Jones, Amanda Nunes and more. Michigan State has a big test on Tuesday night when they play host to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. 1. Michigan State opened Big Ten play with, three-straight losses for the first time in 19 years. Over the last week, there were some great conference games between Rutgers and Iowa and Penn State vs. Indiana. Through a month of play, how does the Big Ten stack up against each other? After a loss at No. Fellow juniors Sasha Stefanovic, Eric Hunter and Aaron Wheeler will be key to the Boilermakers’ hopes, and the group will need to stabilize what was a wildly up-and-down team a season ago. The Big Ten will play 20 conference games for the first time, offering up better matchups for teams on the bubble. The Badgers were third in SI’s Big Ten summer power rankings, but after (repeatedly) sleeping on it, we’ve bumped them up to No. 8. In the coming week, the Golden Gophers will face off against No. Pinterest. 2020-’21 Week 7 Big Ten Power Rankings - A New Leader Check out BTP's current set of Big Ten power rankings. The Terrapins go 0-2 in the Big Ten over the last week. Per T-Rank, they return only 21% of possession minutes, which ranks 338th nationally and last in the Big Ten. Pete Pistone and the rest of the SiriusXM Big Ten Radio team continue to unveil Power Rankings each week of the college basketball season. Here is the Big Ten basketball hierarchy as it stands with at least 15 games remaining for each team. This is a deeper group than the one that sputtered down the stretch in 2019–20, and that should make a difference. Big Ten Basketball: Power Rankings | January 8, 2021 Another grueling week in the Big Ten as teams within the conference continue to try and sort themselves out. By Thomas Beindit @tbeindit Jan 11, 2021, 7:41am CST Get the fastest scores, stats, news, LIVE videos, and more. There’s no doubting this team’s credentials on that end. Each week, 247Sports will release an updated version of the Big Ten's power rankings. Picking Michigan State as a dark horse feels like cheating, so let’s turn to a different team in the Mitten State. Trayce Jackson-Davis continues to lead the Hoosiers, dropping 22 points and hauling in 15 rebounds vs. the Terrapins. The Nets have a new Big 3 with Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving, but do they have enough to dethrone the Lakers? Irving has not played since Jan. 5 after sitting out five games due to personal matters. Iceland native Thorir Thorbjarnarson—the lone roster holdover from the Tim Miles era—is the team’s leading returning scorer and is poised to take another step forward in his senior year, but the story here is about the newcomers. It’s likely to be another long year–but with more of a light at the end of the tunnel this time. 12 GAMES tomorrow. First, Maryland dropped an 84-73 loss at home vs. Michigan. The range of expectations for the Buckeyes seems to be higher than most teams. The Boilermakers are an intriguing case for 2020–21. Marcus Carr, guard, MinnesotaAyo Dosunmu, guard, IllinoisLuka Garza, forward, IowaTrevion Williams, forward, PurdueTrayce Jackson-Davis, forward, IndianaSixth Man: Franz Wagner, guard, Michigan.