Big 10 Power Rankings 2-11

By Paul M. Banks

1. Purdue (20-3, 9-3)

yes, the Spartans still didn’t have a 100% Kalin Lucas, but winning at the Breslin Center is still winning at the Breslin Center. And the Boilers, winners of five in a row, now look like the conference team positioned to make the best tournament run in March.

2. Michigan State (19-6, 9-3)

Every team hits a rough patch at some point of the season. Better to get it over with now than during the tourney, right? At least no one can used the tired “they’re peaking too soon” cliche on State.

3. Ohio State (19-6, 9-3)

Can we start calling Evan Turner “His Royal Smoothness”? Given the extreme shortage of really good nicknames in this generation, we need this one.

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Big Ten Power Rankings 2-4

By Paul M. Banks

1. Michigan State (19-4, 9-1)

As bad as the Kalin Lucas injury looked, it’s not that bad. The green & white nation can all breathe in a collective sigh of relief. However, right when it seemed like State was going to floor it and put everyone back in their rearview mirror, a funny thing happened- a conference race began.

2. Wisconsin (17-5, 7-3)

I admit it, I was a huge heretic; especially after Jon Leuer went down. But they’ve somehow gotten better since then. I will never doubt Bo Ryan again. They could probably beat the 1991 UNLV team if the game was held at the Kohl Center

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Big 10 Power Rankings 1-22

By Paul M. Banks

1. Michigan State (16-3, 6-0)

Who’s the class of the conference yet again? This decade has belonged to the Spartans in basketball, the same manner that the Buckeyes have owned the gridiron.

2. Ohio State (14-5, 4-3)

When you have the league’s best player (that would be Evan Turner NOT Kalin Lucas), back in midseason form, you deserve to grab the #2 slot back.

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Big Ten Power Rankings 1-14

By Paul M. Banks

1. Michigan State (14-3, 4-0)

They’re starting near “March season form” now, as they’re getting out into the open court more. Even though a couple of their last opponents have a style that doesn’t exactly lend the pace of the game to such things. A big reason is junior wing Durrell Summers. Who described what the key to the Spartans’ running game has been “Rebounding. If our inside guys and our wings like myself can get the ball, coach is comfortable with all of us pushing it and igniting the break. and if everyone is unselfish and aggressive at the same than it’s a jailbreak.”

2. Purdue (14-2, 2-2)

Missed best start in school history by just one game. And now back-to-back losses? Matt Painter needs to right the ship, and soon. He probably will, as the schedule gets slightly easier now. Just three more victories and Painter joins the 100 win club. Time flies doesn’t it?

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