The Hoosiers should sit atop the rankings this week - USA TODAY Sports
It looks as if the No. 1 ranking in the country will change hands when the rankings are announced on Monday, but stay within the Big Ten.
With their win over Michigan at Assembly Hall on Saturday night, Indiana should sit atop the college basketball rankings for the 2nd time this season. Last week didn't feature as many top 25 suffering a loss as the previous week, only 11 top 25 teams lost compared to 14 the previous week. Ohio State figures to move back into the top 10 after losses by Butler, Oregon, and the Syracuse Orange falling twice. The Buckeyes should have a shot to dethrone Indiana from the top spot on Sunday when the Hoosiers visit Value City Arena.
Washington (13-9, 5-4): LOSS v. #8 Arizona (57-53), WIN v. Arizona State (96-92): For as well as Washington played during their 4-game winning streak to start the month of January, they played just as poorly to close the month. Washington's failed upset attempt of Arizona on Thursday night meant they would end the month with a 4-game losing streak. The Huskies led Arizona 28-23 at half but couldn't hold on as Arizona got their first win in Seattle since 2007. As the calendar turned to February the Huskies are hoping that Saturday's win against Arizona State will propel them to another winning streak. Andrew Andrews led Washington with 20 points and Aziz N'Diaye registered another double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. This week Washington will head to Los Angeles with games against UCLA on Thursday and USC on Sunday.
#5 Duke (19-2, 6-2): WIN @ Wake Forest (75-70), WIN v, Florida State (79-60): The Blue Devils needed every one of Mason Plumlee's career-high 32 points to avoid the upset against Wake Forest on Wednesday night. With 4:02 left in the 2nd half Wake Forest was up 66-65 but that was the last lead that the Demon Deacons had in the game. Duke really struggled from 3-point range against Wake Forest, hitting only 2 of the 14 3-pointers they took. Against Florida State it was a different story as Duke went 11-18 from long range. The Blue Devils opened the game with a 18-2 lead and had little problem with the Seminoles. Seth Curry led the charge against Florida State with 21 points, including 5 3-pointers. Duke will try and avenge last month's loss to N.C. State on Thursday before making the trip up to Boston College on Sunday.
#2 Kansas (19-2, 7-1): WIN @ West Virginia (61-56), LOSS v. Oklahoma State (85-80): In their first-ever meeting with West Virginia, Kansas extended the nation's longest winning streak to 18 games behind 15 points each from Travis Releford and Jeff Withey. The Jayhawks weren't able to extend their winning streak to 19 games though as they lost on Saturday at home to Oklahoma State. The loss also snapped Kansas' 33-game winning streak at Allen Fieldhouse. Ben McLemore was a bright spot in the loss, scoring 23 points. Kansas will try and regroup from the loss this week with a pair of road games versus TCU on Wednesday and Oklahoma on Saturday.
Nebraska (11-12, 2-8): LOSS @ #23 Minnesota (84-65), LOSS v. #11 Ohio State (63-56): Ray Gallegos came to play for Nebraska on Tuesday against Minnesota, unfortunately the rest of the Cornhuskers didn't. Gallegos scored 30 points, including hitting 6 3-pointers, but it wasn't nearly enough Nebraska was dominated on the glass by Minnesota, getting outrebounded 36-19. The Cornhuskers showed a little more fight against Ohio State on Saturday but couldn't overcome the big disparity at the free throw line. Nebraska went 4-5 from the free throw line while Ohio State went 23-28. Nebraska only has one contest this week, welcoming Penn State into Lincoln on Saturday.
Illinois (15-8, 2-7): LOSS @ #13 Michigan State (80-75), LOSS v. Wisconsin (74-68): After entering Big Ten play at 13-1, Illinois has really struggled in John Groce's first year, going 2-7 in the last month. Illinois looked to be in good shape after the 1st half against Michigan State, leading 37-27 at the break. They weren't able to hold the lead though, being outscored by 15 in the 2nd half by the Spartans. Sunday's game against Wisconsin had Illinois really struggle in the 1st half, getting themselves in a hole that they didn't have enough time to dig themselves out of. Joseph Bertrand scored 17 points against the Badgers. Illinois rough time in the Big Ten might get worse this week with a home matchup against Indiana on Thursday before visiting Minnesota on Sunday.
Purdue (11-11, 4-5): LOSS v. #3 Indiana (97-60), LOSS @ Northwestern (75-60): The week started off ugly for Purdue, suffering their worst home loss in school history against Indiana, and didn't get much better on Saturday with a loss to Northwestern. A.J. Hammons scored half of Purdue's points in the lopsided loss to Indiana with Ronnie Johnson being the only other Boilermaker in double-figures with 13 points. Hammons didn't start against Northwestern because he late for the team bus to Northwestern. Hammons entered the game with 3 minutes into the game and finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds, but the damage had already been done with Northwestern jumping out to a 12-0 lead. Purdue will try and turn things around on Tuesday at Penn State before welcoming Michigan State to West Lafayette on Saturday.
#1 Michigan (20-2, 7-2): WIN v. Northwestern (68-46), LOSS @ #3 Indiana (81-73): In their first game as the nation's number 1 ranked team since 1992-93, the Wolverines had their way with Northwestern. Michigan only committed 2 turnovers, which was a game-low for any team in the country this season. Trey Burke had 18 points and 8 assists for Michigan in the victory. Michigan's stint as the number 1 team will be a short one though as they lost to Indiana in Bloomington on Saturday night. Jordan Morgan, who sprained his ankle the previous week against Illinois, didn't play against Northwestern and only logged 2 minutes against Indiana. The Wolverines welcome in Ohio State for Tuesday night's clash before traveling to Wisconsin on Saturday.
#13 Michigan State (18-4, 7-2): WIN v. Illinois (80-75): The Spartans may have beaten Illinois on Thursday but could pay the price with a couple injuries that were suffered during the game. Travis Trice took a shot to the head after playing 11 minutes in the 1st half and didn't return. The injury was especially troubling since Trice suffered a broken nose and concussion in the first game of the year against Connecticut. Freshman Gary Harris left the game in the 2nd half with back spasms and didn't return. Michigan State, who were led by Keith Appling's 24 points, trailed 37-27 at halftime but scored the first 14 points of the 2nd half to regain control of the game. Minnesota comes into the Breslin Center on Wednesday night before the Spartans hit the road and take on Purdue on Saturday night.
Iowa (14-8, 3-6): WIN v. Penn State (76-67), LOSS @ #23 Minnesota (62-59): A win on Thursday night against Penn State snapped Iowa's two-game losing streak. Aaron White scored a career-high 27 points as Iowa jumped out to an early lead with a 14-0 run in the 1st half. The Hawkeyes weren't able to build a winning streak though after being sunk by Austin Hollins' 3-pointer with 11 seconds to go on Sunday afternoon. Mike Gessell was the leading scorer for Iowa with 11 points, but couldn't hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime. The Hawkeyes will try and avoid going on another losing streak on Wednesday when they travel to play Wisconsin before coming back to Iowa City on Saturday for an afternoon matchup with Northwestern.
Penn State (8-13, 0-9): LOSS @ Iowa (76-67): Penn State wasn't able to notch their first win in Big Ten play this season as they lost in the only game they played last week. The downfall of the Nittany Lions was committing 17 turnovers and allowing Iowa to go to the free throw line 39 times. D.J. Newbill scored 20 points in the losing effort. Penn State will be in search of their first conference win this week when Purdue visits on Tuesday followed by a trip to Nebraska on Saturday.
Wisconsin (15-7, 6-3): LOSS @ #11 Ohio State (58-49), WIN @Illinois (74-68): The Badgers seemed to be getting all of the bounces against the Buckeyes in the 1st half, but it didn't roll over to the 2nd half as Ohio State pulled away. Traevon Jackson, the son of former Buckeye star Jim Jackson, led Wisconsin with 12 points in the loss. After a slow start in the game against Illinois, the Badgers really poured it on and weren't really threatened in the 2nd half by the Illini. Ben Brust paced the Badgers with 20 points while Ryan Evans added 15 points and 9 rebounds. Wisconsin will try and avenge the loss that Iowa pinned on them last month on Wednesday in Madison before Michigan visits the Kohl Center on Saturday afternoon.
#3 Indiana (20-2, 8-1): WIN @ Purdue (97-60), WIN v. #1 Michigan (81-73): Cody Zeller was back in a big way for the Hoosiers last week, as Indiana should regain the number 1 spot in the country on Monday. After scoring 11 points combined in his 2 previous games, Zeller recorded a double-double in each of Indiana's wins last week. In the lopsided win versus Purdue Zeller scored 19 points and added 11 rebounds. On the heels of that Zeller contributed 19 points and 10 rebounds in the Saturday night showdown with the number 1 ranked Wolverines. The Hoosiers held the top spot for seven weeks earlier this season before losing to Butler on December 15th. Indiana will have to defend the number 1 ranking on the road this week, with games against Illinois on Thursday and Ohio State on Sunday.
Northwestern (13-10, 4-6): LOSS @ #1 Michigan (68-46), WIN v. Purdue (75-60): Northwestern was no match for Michigan on Thursday night in Ann Arbor. Northwestern didn't get a chance to capitalize on any Wolverine mistakes, as Michigan committed only 2 turnovers and 9 fouls during the game. Alex Olah was the only Wildcat to reach double figures in the game. Northwestern shot considerably better against Purdue, hitting 53 percent of their shots including going 11-26 from 3-point range. Reggie Hearn was the high-scorer with 26 points for Northwestern. The Wildcats will visit Iowa on Saturday in their only game of the week.
#23 Minnesota (17-5, 5-4): WIN v. Nebraska (84-65), WIN v. Iowa (62-59): With Tuesday's win against Nebraska, Minnesota snapped a four-game losing streak in conference play. After failing to score 50 points in 2 games the previous week, the Golden Gophers found their stroke, shooting 54% from the field. Sunday's game with Iowa was much closer than Tuesday's tilt with Nebraska. Minnesota needed a go-ahead 3 from Austin Hollins to dispatch the Hawkeyes. Hollins finished the game with 17 points for the Golden Gophers. Minnesota will try and get their second win of the season against Michigan State on Wednesday when they travel to East Lansing before returning home on Sunday versus Illinois.