Big 10 Basketball Standings

Big 10 Basketball Standings

The Big 10 basketball conference is one of the most competitive leagues in college basketball. With powerhouse programs like Michigan, Illinois, Purdue, and Wisconsin, the race for the regular season title often goes down to the final games.

Key Takeaways

  • Michigan and Illinois lead the Big 10 conference with 13-3 records
  • Purdue, Wisconsin, and Ohio State round out the top 5 teams
  • The middle of the pack includes Iowa, Rutgers, Michigan State, and Indiana
  • Penn State, Maryland, Minnesota, and Northwestern are still in contention
  • Nebraska and bottom dwellers are out of the race for the regular season title

Current Standings

Here are the current Big 10 basketball standings as of January 7, 2024:

TeamConference RecordOverall Record
Michigan13-318-3
Illinois13-317-4
Purdue12-418-3
Wisconsin11-415-5
Ohio State10-515-5
Iowa9-614-7
Rutgers8-714-7
Michigan State8-713-8
Indiana7-814-7
Penn State7-813-8
Maryland6-912-9
Minnesota4-1110-10
Northwestern4-1112-8
Nebraska3-1210-12

As we near the end of the regular season, Michigan and Illinois are neck and neck at the top of the standings with 13-3 conference records. These two teams have separated themselves from the pack.

Purdue, Wisconsin, and Ohio State round out the top 5 teams in a tight battle for position behind the leaders. These three teams all have double-digit wins in Big 10 play.

The middle of the pack includes Iowa, Rutgers, Michigan State, and Indiana. These teams are hovering around .500 in conference play and are battling for position in the upper half of the standings. They still have an outside shot at making a run toward the top.

Penn State, Maryland, Minnesota, and Northwestern fill spots 9 through 12 in the standings. While their hopes of winning the regular season title are dwindling, these teams are still in contention for a decent tournament seeding.

Bottom Teams Eliminated from Title Contention

At the bottom of the standings sit Nebraska and the other bottom dwellers with 3 wins or fewer in Big 10 games. These teams have been eliminated from contention for the regular season conference championship. However, Nebraska and others may still have a chance to play spoiler against teams jockeying for tournament position.

Remaining Schedule and Title Race

With just a few weeks left in the regular season, the race for the Big 10 title is coming down to the wire. Here’s a look at the remaining schedules for the top contenders:

  • Michigan has games remaining against Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Their rivalry matchup against the Spartans could determine who finishes atop the standings.
  • Illinois still must face Indiana, Penn State, and Michigan. The Wolverines game will likely decide the champion.
  • Purdue has very winnable games left against Minnesota, Rutgers, and Northwestern. Can they win out and apply pressure to Michigan and Illinois?
  • Wisconsin plays Maryland, Rutgers, and Michigan in their final stretch. The Badgers need to defend home court and steal a road win.

The final weeks will determine if Michigan or Illinois can hold on to win the regular season title. However, the race for prime tournament seeding spots also remains up for grabs. It should be an exciting finish!

Key Games Remaining

  • Michigan vs Michigan State (2/16) – In-state rivalry game with Big 10 title implications
  • Illinois vs Indiana (2/9) – Can the Hoosiers play spoiler at home?
  • Wisconsin vs Michigan (3/2) – Critical matchup of top Big 10 teams
  • Purdue vs Rutgers (2/22) – Boilermakers can’t overlook scrappy Scarlet Knights
  • Illinois vs Michigan (3/5) – Likely will decide the Big 10 champion and #1 seed

Predictions for Finish

Based on remaining schedules and current momentum, here are predictions for the final Big 10 standings:

  1. Michigan – Will edge Illinois because of more favorable closing schedule
  2. Illinois – Can’t quite catch the Wolverines but still poised for #1 seed
  3. Purdue – Strong finish will land Boilermakers on 3-seed line
  4. Wisconsin – Earn 4th place but disappoint with early NCAA exit
  5. Ohio State – Swept by Michigan/Illinois will relegate Buckeyes to 5th
  6. Iowa – Late season slides continues downward trend
  7. Rutgers – Build momentum with strong finish to conference play
  8. Michigan State – Too inconsistent to rise higher than 8th place
  9. Indiana – Collapse down the stretch after promising start
  10. Penn State – peeked too soon; limp into NCAA bubble
  11. Maryland – tamper expectations for next year after late rally
  12. Minnesota – only play spoiler role in last couple weeks
  13. Northwestern -Winless last 7 games seals Wildcats’ fate
  14. Nebraska – Counting down days until season mercifully ends

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