Monday, January 14, 2008

Big Ten Power Poll: Week 2

1. Wisconsin (3-0)
Right now, they get the top spot. They've been on a roll, but they'll face their stiffest test yet at Penn State tomorrow night, where Minn. just won. Hmm. Wisconsin does have the easiest conference schedule.

2. Indiana (3-0)
Narrow home win over Illinois will quickly be followed by a visit to Minnesota. These Hoosiers seem out of sync, and could be ripe for an upset.

3. Michigan State (2-1)
The Sparties lose 36-43 at Iowa? The fears with MSU's offense (turnovers, shooting) are confirmed.

4. Minnesota (2-1)
The freshmen came up big at PSU, with Hoffarber hitting threes and Nolen hitting frees. Al Nolen has been a backcourt defensive terror, and is getting starting minutes. Foes beware.

5. Ohio State (3-1)
They played pretty well at Purdue, but if the Buckeyes can't win there, then they're not contenders.

6. Purdue (2-1)
Good solid home win over Ohio State. The next four games should say a lot about what kind of team Matt Painter has on his hands (@Iowa, Illinois, @PSU, Wis.)

7. Penn State (2-1)
PSU led almost the whole game against Minnesota, but at the end of the game, they still lose.

8. Iowa (1-3)
Huge win over MSU! Indiana can feel a little better about its narrow victory at Iowa, but I don't see the Hawkeyes winning a lot on the road.

9. Illinois (0-4)
The Illini have started putting it together, too bad the last two games were at Wisconsin and at Indiana. Are they better without point guard Chester Frazier? Stay tuned on that one.

10. Michigan (1-3)
A win at NU keeps them out of the cellar. Maybe the Wolverines can build on that win a little.

11. Northwestern (0-4)
Not doing well at all with another home loss (to Michigan). Craig Moore's shooting touch seems to go away with the start of every conference season. But Kevin Coble just dropped 34 points vs. Michigan.


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