Big Ten Basketball Update & Power Rankings
Big Ten basketball Update and Power Rankings
It is another important weekend for the Big 10 to try and re-establish itself among college basketball’s elite conferences.
The top three slots easily go to the Big East, ACC and Big 12. But the Big 10 can make some inroads as Minnesota plays No. 9 Louisville, No. 13 Purdue plays No. 21 Davidson and No. 22 Michigan St. playing No. 5 Texas. Although Minnesota and Michigan St. are playing at neutral sites, they will be prohibitive underdogs. The 9-0 Gophers have played a very soft schedule, while Louisville has a team capable of going to the Final Four in Detroit. The key for the young Gophers is how well their inexperienced front court deals with Cardinal forward Samardo Samuels who is averaging more than 17 points and six rebounds.
The game is also a reunion between Smith and Louisville coach Rick Pitino. Smith served as Pitino's assistant at Kentucky from 1989-91 before he went to Tulsa. Smith eventually replaced Pitino in 1997 after Pitino went to the NBA.
Michigan St. (7-2) has lost it two toughest tests to Maryland and North Carolina. But they finally got center Goran Suton back last week. Suton missed a couple of weeks with a knee injury. He played briefly against Alcorn St. and then logged 17 minutes against The Citadel. The Spartans are going to need some girth against Texas giant Dexter Cambridge who has become a very strong low post precence. Purdue’s (8-2) task will be to limit the nation’s best player in guard Stephen Curry who is averaging 31.9 points per game. The good news is that their three forwards in Robbie Hummel, JaJuan Johnson and Nemanja Calasan have combined to average about 38 points.
Buckeyes lose Lighty
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