The Moving Screen: Talking Michigan’s undefeated start, John Beilein’s past, and what’s ahead for Michigan State


#1

#2

Purdue 11th in the conference! Sheesh! I don’t know how they are still 15th in KenPom, but 11th in the Big Ten!


#3

I don’t understand their KenPom ranking. Some combination of preseason, close games and brutal SOS.


#4

Well, PU lost by 4 @Tex (KP 37), @Michigan (KP 2), by 1 @ FSU (14), and by 6 on a neutral court to VTech (12). Those are all “good losses,” and are a couple breaks away from being in really good shape right now. They are 306 in KP luck.


#5

Yeah, I said I don’t understand it … I do get that they played close games and lost to good teams … I’m just not convinced they are good.


#6

They haven’t done much to convince me either way, but I will be pretty surprised if they finish 11th or even 10th in the conference. If they do, it’s a deep Big Ten indeed.


#7

That’s kind of where I am at too. I don’t think they are very good either, but I can’t see them finishing 11th in the conference. I would probably put them at 7 or 8 now, behind Michigan, MSU, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Nebraska, and Indiana. They are right there with Maryland and Iowa, for me.


#8

To be fair, I don’t think we are really saying they are going to finish 11th. More of a what have you done lately when power ranking teams.


#9

Right. I guess, even now, I just don’t see them as the 11th best team in the conference. I should have said that, instead.


#10

You’d have to imagine Carsen Edwards will win them enough games to at least stay within the top ten.


#11

You would think… Then again, he scored 40 last weekend and they still lost. The rest of that Purdue team is not very good.


#12

All the talk of Purdue kind of makes me sad we won’t play them again unless we meet in the BTT.

Really is kind of amazing what a difference a couple shots can make. Besides PU, IU wins three games by 5 points, Northwestern loses two enormous 2-pt games. Especially for those teams who aren’t really trying to win the conference, it can be such a boon or albatross. At least the conference does provide a ton of chances for quality wins this year.


#13

Yeah that’s true. They’ll need some more production from their role players than they got against Texas.