Coleman Hawkins, Illinois Fighting Illini, Big Ten basketball

Joe Jackson and Ethan Carbone combine to give their Big Ten basketball power rankings one week into the season.

 

Matchup of the week: #19 Illinois vs #8 UCLA

Sneaky good matchup of the week: #12 Indiana vs Xavier

All games listed are EST

1) Illinois Fighting Illini

Last week ranking: N/A

Record: 3-0

Last Week: Eastern Illinois (W) 87-57, UMKC (W) 86-48, Monmouth (W) 103-65

Next Week: UCLA (Nov. 18 – 9:30 p.m.)

Best Wins: Eastern Illinois, Monmouth

Worst Losses: N/A

Illinois handled both opponents, although UMKC hung around for a bit. Coleman Hawkins looked really good for Illinois as someone that can facilitate but also score. Shannon looked good slashing his way to 19 points per game. Sophomore Dain Dainja also had a monster game of 20 points and 15 rebounds against UMKC. Then, on Monday against Monmouth, Shannon went off for 30 points. Illinois has been cruising.

2) Indiana Hoosiers

Last week ranking: N/A

Record: 2-0

Last Week: Morehead State (W) 88-53, Bethune Cookman (W) 101-49

Next Week: Xavier (Nov. 18 – 6 p.m.), Miami OH (Nov. 20 – 5:30 p.m.)

Best Wins: Morehead State, Bethune Cookman

Worst Losses: N/A

Indiana dominated both opponents this week, going 2-0. Bethune Cookman started out the game strong against IU, but then Indiana started to knock down perimeter shots and dominate the game. Freshmen Jalen Hood-Schifino and Malik Reneau were solid, and they should give Indiana fans confidence. Trayce Jackson-Davis had an efficient two games to start out his All-American campaign.

3) Michigan Wolverines

Last week ranking: N/A

Record: 2-0

Last Week: Purdue Fort Wayne (W) 75-56, Eastern Michigan (W) 88-83

Next Week: Pittsburgh (Nov. 16 – 6 p.m.), Ohio (Nov. 20 – 7 p.m.)

Best Wins: Eastern Michigan, Purdue Fort Wayne

Worst Losses: N/A

Michigan handled Purdue Fort Wayne behind a dominant performance of 22 points and 12 rebounds from Dickinson, and freshman Jett Howard went 5-of-10 from deep and had 21 points. In their second game, Michigan got all they could handle from Emoni Bates and Eastern Michigan. Dickinson led the way with 31 points on 13-of-17 shooting. Terrance Williams was big with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

4) Purdue Boilermakers

Last week ranking: N/A

Record: 2-0

Last Week: Milwaukee (W) 84-53, Austin Peay (W) 63-44

Next Week: Marquette (Nov. 15 – 8:3 p.m.)

Best Wins: Austin Peay, Milwaukee

Worst Losses: N/A

Purdue took care of both opponents, although in very different fashions. In the first game, the starting freshman backcourt of Braden Smith and Fletcher Loyer had great debuts. Smith had 7 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 7 steals. Loyer had 17 points and went 5-of-12 from three. Edey had 12 points, 17 rebounds, and 6 blocks. In the second game, Edey had a career-high 30 points on 12-of-13 shooting to go along with 11 rebounds.

5) Iowa Hawkeyes

Last week ranking: N/A

Record: 2-0

Last Week: Bethune Cookman (W) 89-58, North Carolina A&T (W) 112-71

Next Week: Seton Hall (Nov. 16 – 7:30 p.m.)

Best Wins: North Carolina A&T, Bethune Cookman

Worst Losses: N/A

Iowa ran and they scored, putting up 89 and 112 points respectively. In the second game, Kris Murray had 22 points and 8 rebounds. Iowa is currently shooting 39.3% from downtown, and they are winning the turnover battle by a wide margin. They once again will speed teams up on both offense and defense.

6) Michigan State Spartans

Last week ranking: N/A

Record: 1-1

Last week: Northern Arizona (W) 73-55, Gonzaga (L) 64-63

Next week: Kentucky (Nov. 15 – 7 p.m.), Villanova (Nov. 18 – 8 p.m.)

Best Wins: Northern Arizona

Worst Losses: Gonzaga (by default)

Michigan State took care of business against Northern Arizona, and then they had arguably the game of the week against Gonzaga. Mady Sissoko looked dominant, but foul issues forced him out of the game early. Gonzaga was then able to use Drew Timme to dominate the interior and have the comeback victory.

7) Penn State Nittany Lions

Last week ranking: N/A

Record: 3-0

Last week: Winthrop (W) 93-68, Loyola MD (W) 90-65, Butler (W), 68-62

Next week: Furman (Nov. 17 – 11:30 a.m.)

Best wins: Winthrop, Loyola MD

Worst Losses: N/A

Penn State came out scorching hot from three, going 34-of-68 between the two games. Jalen Pickett looks like he has legit superstar potential, scoring 23 points in the first game and having 11 assists in the second game. Then, against Butler, Pickett notched a triple-double. Penn State has some of the best ball movement in the country.

8) Ohio State Buckeyes

Last week ranking: N/A

Record: 2-0

Last Week: Robert Morris (W) 91-53, Charleston Southern (W) 82-56

Next Week: Eastern Illinois (Nov. 16 – 7 p.m.)

Best Wins: Robert Morris, Charleston Southern

Worst Losses: N/A

Ohio State took care of business against two teams that they should have. Justice Sueing looked good in his first game in close to a year with 20 points and 2 rebounds. Zed Key had double-doubles in both games, and freshman Brice Sensabaugh looked very good in their second game, scoring 14 points.

9) Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Last week ranking: N/A

Record: 3-0

Last week: Columbia (W) 75-35, Sacred Heart (W) 88-50, UMass Lowell (W) 73-65

Next week: Temple (Nov. 18 – 5 p.m.)

Best wins: UMass Lowell, Sacred Heart, Columbia

Worst Losses: N/A

Clifford Omoruyi had a dominant performance against UMass Lowell, scoring 22 points, 15 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Rutgers was able to take care of all three opponents, although UMass Lowell was able to keep it entertaining.

10) Wisconsin Badgers

Last week ranking: N/A

Record: 2-0

Last week: South Dakota (W) – 85-59, Stanford (W) 60-50

Next week: Green Bay (Nov. 15 – 9 p.m.)

Best wins: Stanford, South Dakota

Worst Losses: N/A

Wisconsin took care of business against South Dakota, and then they battled with Stanford but ultimately won. Neither team shot well, but Tyler Wahl was able to be dominant down low with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Wisconsin is going to rely on Wahl and his post-game throughout the season.

11) Maryland Terrapins

Last week ranking: N/A

Record: 2-0

Last week: Niagara (W) 71-49, Western Carolina (W) 71-51

Next week: Binghamton (Nov. 15 – 7 p.m.), Saint Louis (Nov. 19 – 1 p.m.)

Best wins: Niagara, Western Carolina

Worst Losses: N/A

The duo of Jahmir Young and Donta Scott led the way for Maryland as they won by 20+ in both games. Maryland will look to get significant contributions from their transfers. This is a very senior-heavy team that will look to make some noise as the season progresses.

12) Northwestern Wildcats

Last week ranking: N/A

Record: 2-0

Last week: Chicago State (W) 85-54, Northern Illinois (W) 63-46

Next week: Georgetown (Nov. 15 – p.m.), Purdue Fort Wayne (Nov. 18 –  p.m.)

Best wins: Chicago State, Northern Illinois

Worst losses: N/A

The Wildcats will play some small ball with Robbie Beran at the 5. They feature a trio of guards in Boo Buie, Chase Audige, and Ty Berry. They will have to rely on them and perimeter play to be a surprising team this season.

13) Minnesota Golden Gophers

Last week ranking: N/A

Record: 2-1

Last week: Western Michigan (W) 61-60, St. Francis NY (W) 72-54, DePaul (L), 53-69

Next week: Central Michigan (Nov. 17 – 9:00)

Best wins: St. Francis NY, Western Michigan

Worst losses: N/A

Minnesota was able to barely survive against Western Michigan, and they handled St. Francis NY. It is tough to get a true gauge on this team until Jamison Battle comes back. Guard Ta’Lon Cooper has looked good though, dishing out 16 assists between the two games. The Gophers struggled at home against DePaul, dropping their first game of the season.

14) Nebraska Cornhuskers

Last week ranking: N/A

Record: 2-0

Last week: Maine (W) 79-66, Nebraska Omaha (W) 75-61

Next week: St. John’s (Nov. 17 – 6:30), Arkansas Pine Bluff (Nov. 20 – 3:30)

Best wins: Maine, Nebraska Omaha

Worst losses: N/A

Nebraska won both games, although they were not able to blow either team out. Sam Griesel and CJ Wilcher both looked good for Nebraska, and they should be a large part of the team throughout the season.

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