Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana Hoosiers, Big Ten Basketball

Joe Jackson and Ethan Carbone combine to give their Big Ten basketball power rankings for week 13.

 

Matchup of the week: Michigan State vs. Purdue

Sneaky good matchup of the week: Ohio State vs. Indiana

All times listed are EST.

1) Purdue Boilermakers

Last week’s ranking: 1 (-)

Record: 21-1 (10-1)

Last week: @ Michigan (W) 75-70, Michigan State (W) 77-61

This week: Penn State (Feb. 1 – 6:30 p.m.), @ #21 Indiana (Feb. 4 – 4 p.m.)

Best wins: Gonzaga, Marquette, Michigan State (x2), Duke, Penn State

Worst losses: N/A

Purdue worked their way into the top spot of the AP poll as they claimed the first unanimous #1 in the season.

This came after a 19 and then a 38-point outing as Zach Edey scored his career-high on the path to becoming the National Player of the Year.

Fletcher Loyer also chipped in at the free-throw line when it mattered most, going 8-for-8 in the close win over Michigan.

2) Indiana Hoosiers

Last week’s ranking: 3 (+1)

Record: 15-6 (6-4)

Last week: Minnesota (W) 61-57, Ohio State (W) 86-70

This week: @ Maryland (Jan. 31 – 9 p.m.), #1 Purdue (Feb. 4 – 4 p.m.)

Best wins: @ Xavier, @ Illinois, Michigan State, North Carolina

Worst losses: N/A

Although they played Minnesota close, Trayce Jackson-Davis shined with an unbelievable game with 25 points and 21 rebounds. 

He then followed up with another double-double domination against Ohio State. Jalen Hood-Schifino has stood out and played like a veteran, shooting 8-for-12 for 24 points against the Buckeyes.

The Hoosiers have looked like a team that can and will make some noise in March.

3) Illinois Fighting Illini

Last week’s ranking: 4 (+1)

Record: 15-6 (6-4)

Last week: Ohio State (W) 69-60, @ Wisconsin (W) 61-51

This week: Nebraska (Jan. 31 – 7 p.m.), @ Iowa (Feb. 4 – 2:30 p.m.)

Best wins: UCLA, Texas, Michigan State

Worst losses: N/A

Illinois looked good this week, playing defensive basketball in wins over Ohio State and Wisconsin.

Matthew Mayer, Epps, Terrence Shannon Jr., and Coleman Hawkins all scored in double figures against the Badgers as the Illini have now won 6 of their last 7 games.

4) Northwestern

Last week’s ranking: 8 (+4)

Record: 15-5 (6-3)

Last week: @ Nebraska (W) 78-63, Minnesota (W) 71-51

This week: @ Iowa (Jan. 31 – 9 p.m.), Michigan (Feb. 2 – 7 p.m.), @ Wisconsin (Feb. 5 – 6:30 p.m.)

Best wins: @ Michigan State, Illinois, @ Indiana

Worst losses: N/A

The Wildcats have been very impressive as they have overachieved based on their defense and senior leadership.

Boo Bouie and Chase Audige have carried the weight of the Wildcats. If the season progresses at the level that it has been, Northwestern will go to its second-ever March Madness.

5) Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Last week’s ranking: 2 (-3)

Record: 14-7 (6-4)

Last week: Penn State (W) 65-45, @ Iowa (L) 82-93

This week: Minnesota (Feb. 1 – 8:30 p.m.), Michigan State (Feb. 4 – Noon)

Best wins: @ Purdue, Indiana, @ Northwestern, Wake Forest, Penn State

Worst losses: Temple

Rutgers dominated Penn State, forcing them to take and miss poor shot choices. Clifford Omuryi took over the paint with a double double.

Against Iowa, they let up 93 points, which is not ideal especially seeing as they gave up more than double the free throw attempts. Rutgers either plays defense and doesn’t foul or they foul to the point where many players are in foul trouble, leading to easy points for the other team.

6) Iowa Hawkeyes

Last week’s ranking: 6 (-)

Record: 13-8 (5-5)

Last week: @ Michigan State (L) 61-63, Rutgers (W) 93-82

This week: Northwestern (Jan. 31 – 9 p.m.), Illinois (Feb. 4 – 2:30 p.m.)

Best wins: Iowa State, @ Rutgers, Clemson, Indiana, Seton Hall

Worst losses: Eastern Illinois, @ Nebraska, @ Ohio State

Iowa nearly went 2-0 this week, but Michigan State’s guard play was too much for the Hawkeyes to overcome. However, with their big win over Rutgers, Iowa showed that at full strength they will always be able to contend in the tough Big Ten conference.

7) Michigan State Spartans

Last week’s ranking: 5 (-2)

Record: 14-8 (6-5)

Last week: Iowa (W) 63-61, @ #1 Purdue (L) 61-77

This week: Rutgers (Feb. 4 – Noon)

Best wins: @ Penn State, @ Wisconsin, Rutgers, Iowa, Kentucky, Oregon

Worst losses: @ Notre Dame

MSU is able to use their veteran guards to dominate, however when faced with an opposing big man that is very talented they seem to struggle. Seeing as they are coming off a game where they gave Zach Edey his new career high in points (38).

8) Penn State

Last week’s ranking: 10 (+2)

Record: 14-7 (5-5)

Last week: Rutgers (L) 45-65, Michigan (W) 83-61

This week: @ #1 Purdue (Feb. 1 – 6:30 p.m.), @ Nebraska (Feb. 5 – 4:30 p.m.)

Best wins: @ Illinois, Iowa, Indiana

Worst losses: N/A

When Penn State shoot well they’re one of the best teams in the Big Ten. When they don’t they tend to float. Jalen Pickett continues to play like the MVP of this team and as one of the best guards in the country. He had 25 points, 8 assists, and 8 rebounds in the win over Michigan.

9) Maryland Terrapins

Last week’s ranking: 12 (+3)

Record: 14-7 (5-5)

Last week: Wisconsin (W) 73-55, Nebraska (W) 82-63

This week: #21 Indiana (Jan. 31 – 9 p.m.), @ Minnesota (Feb. 4 – 9 p.m.)

Best wins: Miami (Fla), Illinois, Ohio State, Saint Louis

Worst losses: N/A

Maryland dominated in both of their games this week thanks to Jahmir Young who has been a force for the Terrapins this season.

10) Wisconsin Badgers.

Last week’s ranking: 9 (-1)

Record: 12-8 (4-6)

Last week: @ Maryland (L) 55-73, Illinois (L) 51-61

This week: @ Ohio State (Feb. 2 – 7 p.m.), Northwestern (Feb. 5 – 6:30)

Best wins: @ Marquette, @ Iowa, Penn State, USC, Dayton

Worst losses: N/A

Wisconsin has now lost six of their last seven games and it isn’t looking very good for the Badgers. The Badgers are also 74th in the NET, on the outside looking in at the NCAA Tournament.

11) Michigan Wolverines

Last week’s ranking: 7 (-4)

Record: 11-10 (5-5)

Last week: #1 Purdue (L) 70-75, @ Penn State (L) 61-83

This week: @ Northwestern (Feb. 2 – 7 p.m.), Ohio State (Feb. 5 – 1 p.m.)

Best wins: Penn State, Pittsburgh, Northwestern

Worst losses: Central Michigan, @ Maryland

Michigan is 2-5 in their last seven games and went 0-2 this past week. The Wolverines are sprinting toward needing to win the Big Ten Tournament to make March Madness.

12) Ohio State Buckeyes

Last week’s ranking: 11 (-1)

Record: 11-10 (3-7)

Last week:  @ Illinois (L) 60-69, @ Indiana (L) 70-86

This week: Wisconsin (Feb. 2 – 7 p.m.), @ Michigan (Feb. 5 – 1 p.m.)

Best wins: Rutgers, Iowa, Cincinnati, Texas Tech

Worst losses: Minnesota, @ Nebraska

After a strong start, Ohio State is now 1-7 in their last eight games and cannot seem to figure it out offensively. A freshman-heavy team is starting to show its inexperience.

13) Nebraska Cornhuskers

Last week’s ranking: 13 (-)

Record: 10-12 (3-8)

Last week: Northwestern (L) 63-78, @ Maryland (L) 63-82

This week: @ Illinois (Jan. 31 – 7 p.m.), Penn State (Feb. 5 – 4:30 p.m.)

Best wins: @ Creighton, Iowa, Ohio State

Worst losses: @ St. John’s

Nebraska cannot keep up with the rest of the Big Ten, having now lost 9 of their last 13 games.

14) Minnesota Golden Gophers

Last week’s ranking: 14 (-)

Record: 7-13 (1-9)

Last week: Indiana (L) 57-61 @ Northwestern (L) 61-81

This week: @ Rutgers (Feb. 1 – 8:30 p.m.), Maryland (Feb. 4 – 9 p.m.)

Best wins: @ Ohio State, Cal Baptist, Central Michigan

Worst losses: DePaul, Nebraska, UNLV

Minnesota can keep it close on occasion but Ben Johnson needs his guys to develop before the Golden Gophers are to be successful to keep up in the Big Ten.

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