Most people might not be willing to admit it, but the Big 10 might be the best conference in college basketball. Three teams had impressive first weeks moving them into the top five in the newest AP poll. Outside of the big three, there are three other teams that sit in the top 25 and can compete for the conference crown.
Illinois looked to jump out to conversations of the best team in the country; putting up back to back 60 point victories. They were brought back to earth slightly, scraping out a two point win against Ohio. I don’t think that near slip up is much to worry about though. Any team can struggle when playing in their third game in three days. Ayo Dosunmu asserted his dominance as one of the top players in the country with a late bucket to pull the Illini ahead. He’s leading the team with slightly over 25 points per game. Kofi Cockburn has also been huge with double doubles in every game so far.
Iowa won’t be tested until next week when they take on North Carolina. But how about that performance from Luke Garza. Through one week, he is my player of the year pick. Obviously that will change throughout the year but 41 points and only one missed shot is insane. It’s not just Garza though. This team is deep and everyone can get a bucket. Let’s see how long they can average 100 points. Check out this play call below. They do some great things to get Garza open.
Wisconsin put up two typical Wisconsin performances. They win quietly. Putting up 92 points with your high scorer being 19 is impressive. This team is very deep. I can’t wait until conference play starts and we get to see these teams face off.
One player I want to recognize here in week one is Josh Langford. He has fought back from major foot problems. He considered quitting basketball due to the complications of stress fractures he’s had over the last few years. Tom Izzo has said that when he was healthy, he was the team’s best player. Even with the likes of Miles Bridges, Cassius Winston, and Nick Ward all coming in the same freshman class. He looked good this week. I hope all the best for him this season.
Let’s get in to the power rankings:
- Iowa Hawkeyes (2-0)
- Illinois Fighting Illini (3-0)
- Wisconsin Badgers (2-0)
- Michigan State Spartans(2-0)
- Rutgers Scarlet Knights(3-0)
- Michigan Wolverines(2-0)
- Ohio State Buckeyes(2-0)
- Indiana Hoosiers(2-0)
- Maryland Terrapins(3-0)
- Minnesota Golden Gophers(3-0)
- Penn State Nittany Lions (1-0)
- Purdue Boilermakers (1-1)
- Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-1)
- Northwestern Wildcats (0-0)