Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings 2-28-11

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When doing a Big Ten Power rankings this time of year, there’s three tiers. You have your top three teams, a force to be reckoned with in national college basketball. Then you have this muddled mix of mediocre blah. Some of it will rise to the cream, and possibly make a run in March because this is kind of a down year nationally.

Some of the muddled mass is just blahhhh ughh though; but those teams will get a tourney bid anyway because expanding the field by three (although the perfect move at the perfect time, making the field more even and eliminating the condescending play-in game) has actually watered down the bracket much more than anyone anticipated.

Then there’s the third tier- which is just…kind of ugly.

By Paul M. Banks

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Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings February 2011 Edition

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Lots of shakeup this week in my Big Ten Power Rankings. Let’s see where everyone shakes up. “CAN’T WAIT” as the New York Jets Bart Scott would say:

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Big 10 Power Rankings 1-17-11 Edition

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Ohio State takes over the #1 position in both national college basketball polls. Just like they did in college football a couple months ago…then they lost their very next game at Wisconsin. In hoops, they don’t visit Madison until February 12th, so maybe they’ll be alright for awhile this time.

After the Buckeyes, the talent level drops off DRAMATICALLY! as 2-6 are about as interchangeable as can be. And 7 and 8 are right in there too.

You’ve heard of the expression “for argument sake,” well you can arguably put the big mass of teams in the muddled middle in various spots.

By Paul M. Banks

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Big Ten Power Rankings: Start of Conference Season Edition

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Back around Halloween, there was this belief that the Big Ten was the most powerful conference in college basketball. Of course that was before the season started. With the league going just 17-18 versus other power conference teams, while the Big East has gone 24-12 with the same criteria.

In other words, this league is rather overrated; and they’ve suffered some unexpected losses in the pre-conference. So I’ll use the losses on everyone’s resume to rate the team’s this week.

By Paul M. Banks

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Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings: Holiday Party Edition

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When you get into mid-late December, the featured games in college basketball can be less than appealing. We’re past the riveting pairings of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and Feast Week Thanksgiving tournaments. However, we still have three weeks until conference season begins. Last Saturday’s nationally televised match-ups on Saturday were so dreadfully boring that Indiana Hoosiers vs. Kentucky Wildcats and Marquette Golden Eagles versus Wisconsin Badgers were the BEST options.

It also doesn’t help that college football was over by last Saturday, and the NFL hasn’t started their games on Sat part of the schedule. But hey, at least you have 7th tier bowl games coming up this week, it’ll give you something to distract you from all the hoops powerhouses loading up on cupcakes before conference season begins.

Perhaps this is why all your non-family related Christmas parties are going on right now. So spike the eggnog at the office yuletide, because you won’t get much excitement from watching your team destroy somebody you’ve never heard of with a hyphenated name by 30 points.

By Paul M. Banks

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2011 Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings, Premature Edition

As we learn every November/December, college basketball polls in the early season are often pretty useless. Therefore, as I do my power rankings I’m going to try and ignore the polls in evaluating these Big Ten teams. We’ll see how that works out. Going with the eye test here.

By Paul M. Banks

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