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Week 11 Rankings Reaction: Ohio State, Michigan crack top 25

BTP looks at the latest rankings.

NCAA Basketball: Michigan at Michigan State Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

The Big Ten doubled the amount of teams they have in the top 25 this week. Ohio State and Michigan both capped off great weeks to land themselves in both polls. Michigan’s success came at the extent of the nation’s former top team in Michigan State. The Spartans had yet another questionable loss, and have now fallen in the ranks for the second consecutive week. The Boilermakers continued their dominance, as they are now ranked three in both polls.

Let’s take a look.

Week 11 AP Poll:

  • No. 3 Purdue
  • No. 9 Michigan State
  • No. 22 Ohio State
  • No. 23 Micigan

Week 11 Coaches Poll

  • No. 3 Purdue
  • No. 9 Michigan State
  • No. 22 Ohio State
  • No. 24 Michigan

Thoughts

-Purdue continues to rise.

Michigan’s victory over the Spartans has made the Boilermakers victory in Ann Arbor seem even more important that it already did. Although Michigan gave Purdue everything they had, the Boilermakers were able to show the voters why they belong at the top of the ranks. Thanks clutch free throws from Isaac Haas, Purdue was able to stave off a second half run by the Wolverines.

Following their mid week victory, Purdue went on to absolutely destroy Minnesota. They were able to hold Jordan Murphy to just 10 points and four rebounds. Vincent Edwards led the way for Purdue with 25 points.

Purdue has shown no signs of slowing down this past week and looks to continue their success this week when they face Wisconsin at home. After that they go on to face Iowa on the road.

-Spartans lose again.

The Spartans woes continued as they got embarrassed by the Wolverines on their home floor. Nick Ward as again another no show, with just four points in the loss. Moritz Wagner out of Germany had a spectacular performance, scoring 27 points in the upset. Michigan State got bullied on the boards, as the Wolverines were able to get to the basket for the entire second half. The Spartans had a few runs in them but it was not enough.

Although Michigan State has a lot of talent on their roster, they need to figure out their kinks if they want to return to the top of the rankings. It was weird to see the Wolverines just have their way with them, but that is also a testament to how great of a team Michigan can be.

The Spartans will look to rebound with games against Indiana and Illinois this week.

-Ohio State enters the ranks.

The Buckeyes followed their huge upset over the Spartans with another brilliant week of play. They completely dominated both Maryland and Rutgers as Keita Bates-Diop continues his incredible season. The big man had another outstanding performance against Maryland where he scored 26 points to go along with eight rebounds shooting a remarkable 10 for 15 from the floor. Over the last four games he is averaging 26.3 points and 9.3 rebounds over his last four games.

With the emergence of Diop, the Buckeyes are a very scary team going forward. They will look to continue this ride of success as they take on Northwestern and Minnesota this week.

-Michigan rounds it off.

The Wolverine took some notes from their arch rival, and knocked off the Spartans in relatively comfortable fashion. Despite their loss to Purdue earlier in the week, Michigan’s upset of the Spartans earned them enough respect to step their way into the top 25. Mortiz Wagner seemed to embody his fellow countryman, Dirk Nowitzki, as he had a sensational performance in East Lansing. One of the nation’s top teams had no answer for them, and he was able to keep his team in the lead, despite multiple pushes from Michigan State.

It is not just Wagner that makes this team play so well, they have a variety of scoring options. Three other wolverines were able to reach double figure in the win. The Wolverines ability to get to the rack, and consistently from three makes them a very tough team going forward, They will look to continue their rise against Maryland and Nebraska this week.