You mean there was action in the Big Ten that didn’t involve back room deals, player walk outs, and press conferences? Who knew?
By virtue of better wins (if you want to call the outcome of the Northwestern game a win) Indiana jumps to the top of the list. They beat Purdue, and survived against NU. For a team dealing with what they are, you can’t ask for much more.
The Buckeyes may be on the wrong side of the bubble, but winning in Columbus hasn’t been easy. They also beat Illinois, a team better than their record indicates (at least when they play the Gophers).
Despite their loss at Indiana, they still have a shot at winning the Big Ten. Who else is hoping for mass defections during the off season?
#4 Michigan State
They beat some bottom feeders, but doing what your supposed to do isn’t enough to jump teams that are two games better in the standings.
#5 Ohio State
Perhaps the Buckeyes decided they are cursed in national championship games, and would rather try to win the NIT. All but a lock a few weeks ago, the Buckeyes are free falling and are probably on the outside looking in. A win or two the rest of the way should put them on the right side of the bubble, but it is anyone’s guess if they can pull that off.
Besides the Illinois travesty, the Gophers have consistently beat up the team below them. Enough to stay at #6, but until they get a quality win they aren’t going anywhere.
The Wolverines have won four of their last five, and didn’t even need 50 points to beat Illinois. Like the Gophers, they beat up the teams they should.
With a bit of selective score board checking, the Hawkeyes are just as good as Indiana. Unfortunately, that makes them barely better than Northwestern.
#10 Penn State
had rough weeks…