05 December 2011

B1G Power Rankings - Finals Week Edition

With 12 teams now in the B1G this power ranking stuff is going to take 9.1% more effort.  We're up to the task.

1.  Ohio State (8-0)  No brainer. Two big home wins over Florida and Duke.  Only question remains how they will play on the road.  
2.  Wisconsin (6-2)  Lost at home to Marquette and at UNC.  Marquette loss was a surprise but may have just been one of those nights.  Only notable win against BYU on neutral court.
3.  Purdue (7-2) Lost to Alabama in a tourney and Xavier on the road.  Defeated Iona (no typo - they are good!), Temple and Miami.
4.  Michigan State (6-2)  Lost to Duke and UNC on neutral courts.  Defeated FSU at home.
5.  Illinois (8-0)  Defeated the 'Zags at home, Richmond on neutral court, and Maryland on the road.  Difference has been Maniscalco their PG transfer and emergence of Meyers Leonard.
6.  Indiana (8-0)  Defeated NC State on the road.  Zeller looks good, but the jury is only beginning deliberations on the Hoosiers.
7.  Michigan (6-2)  Lost at UVA and to Duke on neutral court.  Defeated Memphis on neutral court.  Will Trey Burke be able to fill Darius Morris's shoes?  Hardaway and Morgan will help the cause.
8.  Northwestern (7-1)  Lost to Baylor at home.  Three neutral court wins against NIT-type teams.  Game at Creighton will be a good litmus test.
9.  Minnesota (8-1)  Surviving so far without Mbakwe but for how long?  Nice win at home against VT.
10.  Nebraska (4-3)  Bad loss at home to Wake Forest.  Also lost to Oregon at home and at Creighton.  Best win was double OT at USC.
11.  Iowa (5-3)  Bad loss to Campbell at home.  Also lost to Clemson at home and to Creighton on neutral court.  No meaningful victories.
12.  Penn State (6-3)  No bad losses (Kentucky, St Joes, Mississippi) but no real meaningful wins.  In basement until we see more under new coach without Talor Battle.