After a week off for national signing day coverage we are back with the Big Ten basketball Power Poll and as the saying goes – the more things change, the more they stay the same – and that's about as accurate of a discription of the Big Ten as you can get this year.
Indiana and Michigan have both spent time at the No. 1 spot in the national polls since we last left you and a lot of crazy finishes have greeted us as fans of the Big Ten. Who will ever forget the Indiana vs. Michigan finish, the Illini upset of Indiana with 0.9 seconds left, or the buzzer-beating thriller in Madison? Those all happened in the past week alone.
So, with that, where did our panel see things shaking down? Well, it is one of the most intriguing of polls we've had all season.
If you need a reminder, here is the panel of Big Ten bloggers we've assembled for this poll:
Andy Coppens - The B1G Time/ MadTown Badgers (Wisconsin) (@andycoppens)
Will Nahikian - The B1G Time MSU contributor (@TheB1GTimeMSU)
Robert - A Lion Eye (Illinois) (@ALionEye)
Ross WB - Black Heart Gold Pants (Iowa) (@BHGP & @RossWB)
Brad Muckenthaler - Maize N Blue Nation (Michigan) (@MaizeBlueNation)
Ace Anbender - MGoBlog (Michigan) (@aceanbender)
Tom - The Daily Gopher (Minnesota) (@TheDailyGopher)
David McGee - CornNation (Nebraska) – (@CornNation)
Joe Dexter - The Buckeye Battle Cry (Ohio State) – (@joedexter)
Let's get into this week's poll shall we?
|Place||School (1st place votes)||Points||Last Week||Point Change|
|2||Michigan State (1)||94||3||6|
Notes from the Poll:
- Michigan State picks up it's first 1st place votes in three weeks (our week 10 poll) and make their first march into the top 2 of the poll all season long.
- Wisconsin makes it's first appearance in the Top 4 of the poll all season long as well following OT wins vs. Iowa and Michigan this week, interestingly the Badgers have the most wins over Top 25 opponents in Big Ten play with four.
- For the first time all season the bottom two were the same for every poll out there – Nebraska getting all 11th place votes and Penn State with all 12th place votes (as has been the case for weeks now for PSU).
- Illinois was the most volitile team in this week's poll as they were voted as low as 10th and as high 6th in the ballots this week.
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