Seeds are set, and so are the final rankings of the regular season. The Big Ten enters post-season play with one team in the top-ten and four teams ranked. Here's how the rankings look for the Big Ten, with the tournament in Indianapolis incoming:
One team had to stay hot down the stretch to keep their tourney hopes alive, and they did just enough. The Nebraska Cornhuskers aren't necessarily the hottest team in the conference, but their streaky play is the most relevant as of now. After dropping a pivotal game on the road to Illinois, the Cornhuskers rattled off three wins in a row, capped by what might be the biggest win in 'Huskers' basketball history on Sunday over the Wisconsin Badgers in PBA. The Cornhuskers, making a push for the first tournament berth since 1998, may have done just enough.
With all the hype in the beginning of the season, the Iowa Hawkeyes were poised to challenge for the Big Ten title. The Hawkeyes then went on to drop five out of their last six with three of those loses to teams in the bottom half of the conference. Iowa is a tournament team, sure. But, they didn't nothing to help themselves and their momentum going into the post-season.
The ACC, represented by the Virginia Cavaliers (6) and the Duke Blue Devils (7), is the only conference with two teams in the top ten in this weeks poll. The Syracuse Orangemen fell just short of joining their ACC allies, as they come in this week at 11. The American leads all conferences with five teams ranked. Louisville (5), Cincinnati (13), Memphis (19), Connecticut (21) and Memphis (25) round out their representation. Florida is now the only representative from the SEC in the AP Poll. The Gators received 50 of the 65 first place votes; Wichita State received 15.