Big Ten Basketball Power Ratings: February 27th

Steve Deace

According to the only poll that matters -- the NCAA tournament selection committee's NET rankings. Actual NET ranking in parentheses. 

1. Maryland (10)
Incredible road comeback at Minnesota gives them a two-game lead with four to play, and on their way to their first ever Big Ten title. 

2. Michigan State (13)
This is definitely not the season the consensus preseason number one team was supposed to have.

3. Ohio State (18)
Chris Holtmann has done one of several noteworthy coaching jobs in this league this season. 

4. Michigan (22)
Tonight Wolverines have an opportunity they must take advantage of -- getting that rare quad-1 win at home. 

5. Penn State (26)
Avoiding a catastrophic choke job at home to Rutgers, thanks to a clutch three point in the final seconds. 

6. Iowa (28)
Like Holtmann, Fran McCaffrey has done an admirably job overcoming numerous personnel issues this season. 

7. Wisconsin (30)
Greg Gard needs some praise, too, given the loss of a generational player and the departure of Kobe King. 

8. Rutgers (34)
Probably in good shape to make its first NCAA Tournament in almost 30 years, but one more signature win calm the nerves. 

9. Illinois (36)
If you actually watch them play at full strength, you know there aren't 35 teams better than these guys.

10. Purdue (37)
Still a top 40 team despite a .500 record overall, Boilermakers need to finish strong to get back on the right side of the bubble. 

11. Minnesota (45)
Gophers could've easily won these last three home games and cemented a NCAA bid, instead they lost all three in heartbreaking fashion. 

12. Indiana (52)
The overall record and quality wins says the Hoosiers should be in, but this NET ranking says not necessarily. 

13. Northwestern (177)

14. Nebraska (185) 

Comments (3)
FlyingIllini
FlyingIllini

Net Ranking is nonsense when you compare one team to another. Illinois is ranked 36th while Michigan is 22nd? In what universe? The bottom line is that Illinois beat Michigan twice and has a better B1G record (+2 games). So in the Net ranking, it appears that actual results, head-to-head outcomes no less, are not valued.

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Over It
Over It

How on earth is MSU still higher than us? Near identical record and we've performed better vs. better teams. Makes no sense.

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DezzNutz1001
DezzNutz1001

After last night's lost I see why. Our Seniors, Specifically Teske on BOTH sides of the ball, as well as Simpsons poor FT shooting, will be our undoing in the upcoming Tourneys. Teske for one needs to come off the bench. There is nothing we can do about FT % at this point in Xavier's career. I'm already excited for next season and this one isn't over yet. Athletic bigs like everyone else in the Big 10 has will be nice


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