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January 8, 2022 Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings
No. 14 Nebraska (6-9, 0-4 B1G)
Previous: No. 13
No. 13 Maryland (8-6, 0-3 B1G)
Previous: No. 12
No. 12 Michigan (7-6, 1-2 B1G)
Previous: No. 8
Not only has Michigan struggled on the court, barely above .500, but the Wolverines are now facing difficulties off the court with players out due to illness and personal reasons. Michigan had a chance to redeem themselves with big home games this week against MSU and Purdue, but Saturday’s game against the Spartans was canceled for COVID-related reasons within the Michigan program.
No. 11 Minnesota (10-2, 1-2 B1G)
Previous: No. 9
No. 10 Northwestern (8-4, 1-2 B1G)
Previous: No. 10
Northwestern’s dreams of making a second NCAA Tournament took a big hit with a hard-to-explain home loss to Penn State. Northwestern even made 46% of their threes in the contest, but a lack of rebounding hurt the Wildcats.
No. 9 Iowa (11-4, 1-3 B1G)
Previous: No. 5
No. 8 Penn State (7-5, 2-2 B1G)
Previous: No. 14
2021 Penn State was a bit shaky. 2022 Penn State has come out swinging. The Nittany Lions sit in the Top-75 of KenPom after securing wins vs. Indiana and at Northwestern.
No. 7 Rutgers (8-5, 2-1 B1G)
Previous: No. 11
No. 6 Ohio State (9-3, 3-1 B1G)
Previous: No. 3
No. 5 Indiana (11-3, 2-2 B1G)
Previous: No. 6
What a way to get your first Quad-I win of the season. Not only did IU defeat the No. 13 Ohio State Buckeyes, they did so with a suffocating defense and working through Trayce Jackson-Davis. After a matchup with Minnesota on Sunday, IU will have a chance to fix their road woes next week.
No. 4 Purdue (12-2, 1-2 B1G)
Previous: No. 1
No. 3 Wisconsin (12-2, 3-1 B1G)
Previous: No. 4
How do the Badgers keep finding themselves near the top of the conference? This year, that answer has been the emergence of Johnny Davis. He’s put together another spectacular week, scoring 37 in the Badgers’ upset at Purdue, and dropping 26 more in a home win over Iowa. What will he have in store when the Badgers go to Maryland?
No. 2 Illinois (11-3, 4-0 B1G)
Previous: No. 7
No. 1 Michigan State (13-2, 4-0 B1G)
Previous: No. 2
Michigan State hasn’t lost since Nov. 26, going 8-0 with all victories coming by at least six points. With Saturday’s game at Michigan canceled, MSU should start Big Ten play 6-0 before heading to Wisconsin on Jan. 21. Can MSU win their 4th Big Ten title in five years?
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