Early conference play has come and is essentially already gone. Not only that, but our Cornhuskers got a big conference win, and forced overtime on the road in their other early game! How’d it affect the various standings and rankings? Let’s get into it.
Everyone except for Michigan State and Northwestern have played their two early conference games so far, with those two facing off Wednesday night. That leaves 12 teams tied for second place, with Michigan State alone in 1st and NU in 14th place.
1. Michigan State Spartans (1-0)
T-2. Ohio State Buckeyes (1-1)
T-2. Penn State Nittany Lions (1-1)
T-2. Illinois Fighting Illini (1-1)
T-2. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-1)
T-2. Maryland Terrapins (1-1)
T-2. Michigan Wolverines (1-1)
T-2. Minnesota Golden Gophers (1-1)
T-2. Iowa Hawkeyes (1-1)
T-2. Wisconsin Badgers (1-1)
T-2. Indiana Hoosiers (1-1)
T-2. Nebraska Cornhuskers (1-1)
T-2. Purdue Boilermakers (1-1)
14. Northwestern Wildcats (0-1)
The Huskers are no longer in last place in the conference, at least in one category that is. Nebraska jumped all the way up to 128th in KenPom this week on the strength of their overtime road loss to Indiana and home win over Purdue.
In addition, they are now 133rd in adjusted offense, a jump good enough for 13th place in the conference in that category with a 101.8 rating. Defensively, still last, but up to 140th overall with a 98.8 rating. Adjusted tempo is now good for 26th, up from 28th last week, with a 74.3 rating.
The overall conference is as follows:
Again, Huskers are not in last place now. The Big Ten remains second as a conference nationally in rankings, however.
Nebraska remains in last place in BPI, but is making good headway at jumping Northwestern to exit the basement spot.
Joe Lunardi currently projects 8 teams from the Big Ten to make the tournament. In the east it’s Ohio State as a 1 seed, with Penn St. a 6 seed and Purdue a 7 seed. In the midwest is Maryland as the 2 seed. Then in the west is Michigan State at the 4 seed and Indiana the 7 seed. Finally, in the south is 2 seed Michigan and Iowa in the play-in against BYU for the 12 seed.
It will be a bit before NET rankings are out. We’ll get into it when they finally are, though.