After yet another perfect week for Tom Izzo's Spartans, the Big Ten is now home to the #1 ranked team in both the AP and USA Today polls. The Purdue Boilermakers also remained unbeaten, keeping them at #11 in both polls, while the Maryland Terrapins moved down in both after losing their first game to North Carolina.
This is the second straight week that the Big Ten has just three teams ranked. This isn't a great start for a conference that was supposed to be up there with the ACC as the best in college basketball. The conference does have a few teams an undefeated week or two away from being ranked again, including three that have receiving votes in at least one of the two polls.
Today, we take a look at how the three ranked Big Ten teams fared last week and a peak at what team may appear in the top-25 next.
Michigan State Spartans (9-0)
- AP: #1 (62) USA Today: #1 (26)
The Spartans jumped to #1 in both polls after another impressive win against Louisville in which the Spartans trailed for almost the entire game before taking the lead late in the second half. Michigan State also easily handled Binghamton on Saturday 76-33. Denzel Valentine continues to be huge for Tom Izzo as he averages an unbelievable 19.7 points, 8.8 assists, and 7.9 rebounds.
Michigan State has two games this week and should stay unbeaten as they play two games this week both at home. The Spartans will take on Maryland Eastern-Shore on Wednesday and an unranked Florida team on Saturday. While Florida could provide some trouble for Michigan State, the Spartans are pretty battle tested for this early in the season with wins over Kansas, Providence, and Louisville already.
Maryland Terrapins (7-1)
- AP: #6 (1) USA Today: #9
While Maryland suffered their first loss of the season, dropping them in the polls, it wasn't anything to dwell on as they fell to a great North Carolina team 89-81 on the road. The Terrapins shot the ball well against the Tar Heels but Mark Turgeon's team was careless with the ball and couldn't get enough stops on the defensive end. Maryland rebounded, taking care of St. Francis (PA) on Saturday 96-55.
Maryland will play a tough Connecticut team at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday before ending the week with Maryland Eastern-Shore on Saturday. The Terrapins will have to bring their 'A' game against Connecticut if they want to remain in the top-10.
Purdue Boilermakers (8-0)
- AP: #11 USA Today: #11
Purdue stayed unbeaten by beating Pittsburgh and New Mexico this past week. While neither is a top-25 win, both were quality wins for Matt Painter's squad, especially winning at Pittsburgh. Isaac Haas continues to impress as he averages 14.6 points and 5.9 rebounds in just 18 minutes per game.
The Boilermakers should remain unbeaten this week with 3 home games against IUPUI, Howard, and Youngstown State. This could propel Purdue into the top-10, possibly giving the Big Ten a 3rd top-10 team.
While some might think Northwestern could be the next team up with a 7-1 record, the Wildcats just don't have any quality wins on their resume to warrant a top-25 nod. The Iowa Hawkeyes (6-2), on the other hand, have a potential huge win on their schedule with Iowa State on Thursday night. It will be a tough test on the road, but if Iowa can win it, they'd surely jump up in to the top-25.