Big Ten Discussion


#1643

Purdue in a good position to beat Louisville with under a minute left.


#1644

Purdue looks set to win. Iowa and Illinois in close games at half


#1645

So what Big Ten teams have impressed you, or even had impressive moments, this season.

Michigan State has the win over UNC and that’s huge.

I was high on Purdue (and still am) but their trip to Atlantis was a near disaster (saved by the win over Arizona).

Minnesota has been good, but not really tested. Wisconsin has 4 ‘good losses’, but hasn’t beaten anyone. NW? Iowa? Ohio State? Michigan? Penn State has yet to really beat anyone.

Not sure what to make of the league right now.


#1646

OSU & PSU are better than I thought they’d be. But still not very good teams.

Iowa & N’W worse than i thought and look to be mediocre.

MSU looks as good as advertised.


#1647

MSU is at the top. Purdue has wins over Marquette, Arizona, and Louisville, which is pretty good, and their losses are respectable. Minny hasn’t lost and has a couple decent sins.

Otherwise it’s been a pretty mediocre nonconference at best. I won’t believe anything good about Penn State until I see some proof. Iowa appears bad. Illinois just lost to a bad Wake team.

At least UM gets Purdue and Minny at home for some potentially good wins and then maybe can ring up a good conference record.


#1648

1-6 in the challenge so far…man. Michigan’s margins are gonna be very thin because there are not going to be very many tournament teams from the B10 this year.


#1649

There should be at least 5. I think if we finish 5th or better, we have a good shot at getting in.


#1650

BartTorvik’s projections had 5 as the average BEFORE tonight is factored in. I’ll be interested in seeing them at the beginning of conference play.


#1651

Home team has won every game so far except FSU win at Rutgers.

Not really surprised to see ACC up 6-1 at this point with the way the early schedule lined up.

Very interested to see if PSU can be competitive at NC ST tonight.

Only underdog to win so far is GA TECH, and NW was a very small favorite. Very formful results so far.


#1652

Looks like an opening, if Michigan gells, for a better-than-anticipated finish in the league race.


#1653

But who doesn’t want to hear about Max Biefeldts calf muscles?


#1654

B10 teams in the top 100 of RPI as of right now:

Minnesota: 21
MSU: 32
Purdue: 57
Michigan: 84
Penn State: 99
WIsconsin: 100


#1655

I think anyone who thinks the Big Ten is going to offer up many easy nights based on early results is way off base. I think it’s just bad that the conference didn’t take care of its business during the pre-conference schedule. A lot of these teams have talent. Indiana has plenty of talent from what I see in this game.


#1656

Who is the No. 4 team in the Big Ten? I truly have no idea.


#1657

Despite the record, I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to say Wisconsin. They haven’t beaten the top teams they’ve faced, but they haven’t lost to bad ones like most of the other teams in contention have.


#1658

Presume it starts with:

  1. MSU
  2. Minn
  3. Purdue

I would choose Maryland as #4. They have some talent and played Syracuse tough also beat Butler. I am not feeling Wisconsin. Happ is a beast but everything else leaves something to be desired. At least with Michigan, I feel like we have 2 stud players to Wisconsin’s 1.


#1659

Yeah, despite saying Wisconsin not even an hour ago, thinking back to the games I’ve watched of theirs, it’s just so ugly. Penn State and Maryland would probably be the only other ones that could be argued for.


#1660

Too soon to tell. Some teams that looked good initially are raising doubts now (Northwestern). Others looked bad early on, but seem to be improving lately (Indiana). Stay tuned for further developments.


#1661

When has NW looked good this year?


#1662

They won 3 of first 4 games with the only loss being to a pretty good Creighton team. They were a preseason top 25 team in numerous polls. I was in the minority thinking that they were overrated last year.

My point remains, this early in the season, who knows how good most teams are. I am not so sure that Minnesota is a top 3 team.