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Week 20: Big Ten Maintains 4 Ranked Teams - Spartans Blow Up In Polls

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The Big Ten maintained the same number of ranked teams as last week, but look much stronger.

MSU's win over Wisconsin was vital to their rise this week.
MSU's win over Wisconsin was vital to their rise this week.
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Seeds are set, and so are the final rankings before the NCAA Tournament. 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:

AP Top 25

Rank Team Record Votes Prev
7 Michigan 25-8 n/a 8
11 Michigan State 26-8 n/a 22
12 Wisconsin 26-7 n/a 12
22 Ohio State 25-9 n/a 24

Others Receiving Votes: n/a

USA Today Coaches' Poll

Rank Team Record Points Prev
8 Michigan 25-8 563 9
13 Michigan State 26-8 394 22
15 Wisconsin 26-7 387 13
24 Ohio State 25-9 91 24

Others Receiving Votes: Nebraska 6, Iowa 1

Who's Hot:

Michigan State jumped significantly up the rankings this week and considering some of the comments out there, some may have pushed them even further.

Moving up 11 spots in 1 week is incredible, however it happens. MSU beat Northwestern, Wisconsin, and then Michigan last week. Beating 2 ranked teams in a single week is never an easy task and the Spartans have cemented themselves as a tourney favorite.

Who's Not:

Not too much changed here for the Big Ten, but Wisconsin did slide slightly after going 1-1 against Minnesota and MSU this week. That really is not a bad week all things considered so there should not be too many red flags in terms of the Badgers right now.

Notables Nationwide:

Probably the most notable thing about this week's poll is that SMU is ranked. This may not seem that interesting, but SMU was not selected to the NCAA Tournament. Yes, a ranked team will not be included in the big dance, which is astounding. Whether you value the rankings or not, that's not something you see everyday.