April 17, 2014

Big Ten race tightens up as Illinois tops #1 Indiana

The #1 ranking in College Basketball has been a curse this season.  For the 5th straight week, the top team has lost after ascending to the top of the poll.  Illinois squeaked by #1 Indiana Thursday night 74-72 on a buzzer beating lay-up by Tyler Griffey.

With 8-conference games remaining, only 1-game separates the top 5 in the Big Ten.  Indiana is now 8-2 in the conference tying them with #3 Michigan and #12 Michigan State.  Wisconsin joins #10 Ohio State at 7-3, just a game out of the top spot.  Minnesota and Purdue sit tied for the 6th spot with even 5-5 marks.  Northwestern checks in at 4-6 while Illinois and Iowa are each 3-7.  Nebraska is 2-8 while Penn State sits on the bottom at 0-10.

Things could shake up even more after this weekend.  The Badgers host Michigan at the Kohl Center Saturday for an 11 AM tip-off.  Indiana will look to bounce back Sunday as they visit Ohio State while Michigan State travels to Mackey Arena to take on Purdue on Saturday.