A day after the last of the remaining Big Ten football teams ended their seasons, the conference’s basketball teams resume league play, closing out the non-conference season and taking center stage.
So far this season, the league’s 14 teams are 33-27 against the six other high-major conferences (Atlantic Coast, American Athletic, Southeastern, Big 12, Pac 12 and Big East), and the league’s top 11 teams are 31-18. That clip has resulted in the conference slotting six teams in the top 25 of the NCAA’s NET Rankings, which will heavily influence NCAA Tournament seeding (the league has eight in the top 36 and 11 in the top 54 as well). That’s a far cry from last season, when the Big Ten finished 22-34 against high-major, non-conference opponents and only had four teams make the NCAA Tournament.
So now, with the league almost certain to have eight or more teams make the Big Dance, the 14 teams will duke it out to try and decide who it will be. Every team has enjoyed a lull in their schedules in both opponent strength and rest days between games, but which teams come home with titles will be decided over the next two months.
Who has impressed, who hasn’t and where do all 14 teams stack up entering the effective second half of the season? Using stats, the eye test and other factors, we break down all 14 teams in our weekly Big Ten Power Rankings.