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Week 10 Rankings Reaction: Spartans fall, Boilermakers rise

Where did the Big Ten fall this week?

NCAA Basketball: Nebraska at Purdue Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports

After ten weeks of the 2017-2018 college basketball season, the Big Ten still has just two teams ranked in both polls.

Last week Michigan State was named the nations top team by both the AP and Coaches poll. The Spartans did not hold on to their number one ranking, falling handily to an inferior Ohio State team on the road.

On the other hand, the Purdue Boilermakers continue to rise as the team had two dominating victories to open up conference play. Purdue is beginning to look more and more like one of the nation’s most well rounded teams.

Week 10 AP Poll:

  • No. 4 Michigan State
  • No. 5 Purdue
  • Receiving Votes: Ohio State (29), Michigan (5)

Week 10 Coaches Poll:

  • No. 4 Michigan State
  • No. 7 Purdue
  • Receiving Votes: Michigan (9), Ohio State (9)

Reaction

-Michigan State squanders top spot.

Not many people thought the Spartans would relinquish their top tanking so quickly. Michigan was absolutely stunned by the Buckeyes in Columbus thanks to a career-high 32 points by Keita Bates-Diop. The win can be highlighted by an electrifying 12-0 run the Buckeyes went on to end the first half. The run took the wins out of the nation’s top team’s sails, as they were unable to recover from the deficit.

Nick Ward was a complete no show, failing to make a single field goal the entire game. It was an uncharacteristic shooting night for the Spartans, who shot just 39 percent. Before the game Michigan led the nation in field goal percentage.

Although this is a tough loss, Michigan State is a very good team that will rebound from this quickly.

-Purdue cracks the top five.

The Boilermakers continued their impressive season with double digit wins over Rutgers and Nebraska. Although those aren’t the confrences’ toughest competition, Purdue was able to showcase their talent.

In their latest win, it was Vincent Edwards who led the team with 21 points. He also managed to secure his seventh double double on the year, coming away with 10 boards. Purdue was again able to show their versatility, with three players in double figures. Although they did not shoot the lights out, it was their rebounding that led to the victory.

Purdue enters the week as a top five team and deservedly soon, they have the length and the depth to take on just about any team. This is a fun team to watch and look forward to seeing how their players, especially Vincent Edwards, play down the stretch of conference play.

-Ohio State enters the mix.

With their impressive win against the Spartans, Ohio State earned some well deserved votes in both polls. The Buckeyes seem to have found a groove, winning eight of the team’s last nine games with the one loss coming from UNC.

Keita Bates-Diop is establishing himself as a lethal threat. He was the major reason the Buckeyes were able to complete the upset, hitting 12 of his 21 shots. He leads the team with 20 points per contest, and looks to keep the Buckeye’s rolling this week as they take on Maryland and Rutgers.

-Michigan gets some more votes.

Michigan was able to garner a few more votes compared to the lone vote they got last week. Thanks to their two latest wins they now have votes in both polls and hope to ease their way into the top 25 with more wins. In their latest victory over Illinois, six different Wolverines scored in double figures. They shot pretty well at 51 percent, despite being out rebounded by the Illini.

If Michigan wants to be ranked they have a tough road ahead of them. Probably the toughest you can have in this conference as they are going up against both of the teams mentioned above this week.

Should be some good Big Ten basketball ahead.