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And now the Big Ten is really up for grabs

Posted on: February 10, 2010 12:47 am
Edited on: February 10, 2010 12:51 am
 

Michigan State was 9-0 with a three-game lead in the Big Ten just last week.

And that's the stunning part.

Not that the Spartans are tied with Illinois atop the Big Ten standings -- and also tied in the loss column with Purdue and Ohio State -- but that Tom Izzo's team was 9-0 and in total control of the league race just eight days ago. Then Michigan State went to Wisconsin, Kalin Lucas sprained his ankle, and, well, here we are. Now MSU is 9-3 in the Big Ten after Tuesday's 76-64 loss to Purdue, and suddenly the conference championship is more up for grabs than it seemed over the weekend, and it seemed pretty up for grabs over the weekend.

Here are the updated standings:
  • Michigan State (9-3)
  • Illinois (9-3)
  • Purdue (8-3)
  • Ohio State (8-3)
  • Wisconsin (8-4)
Who knows how this will end up?

Everything changes week to week.

Consider: Michigan State has lost three straight since winning 10 straight, Purdue has won six straight since losing three straight, Ohio State has won seven of eight since losing three of four, Illinois has won five straight since losing three straight, and Wisconsin is coming off a rare home loss. Nothing makes sense. What we knew yesterday is now irrelevant, what will happen tomorrow is anybody's guess.

Why do I say that?

Because nobody would've ever guessed this.

Not considering where we were just a week ago.
Comments

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2010 11:02 am
 

And now the Big Ten is really up for grabs

and then Michigan goes and beats Minnesota on their home floor...so both NW and Minny are now below .500 in the conference.  I do not recall too many teams in the B10 that got in with losing conference records.  Still time though.




Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2010 4:15 pm
 

And now the Big Ten is really up for grabs

So how much does the loss to Iowa last night hurt NW chances?Well, if they were truly a lock before, then losing this one game shouldn't kill them; however, IMO, they were not a lock and losing that game last night is their death knell.

Big 10 Blows--The Big-10 is not the best conference in CBB, but to equate it with the A-10 is absurd.  The Big-10 has had a team in the NC game 2 of the last 3 years and won more NCAAT games than both of your Gold Standards, the Big East and Big-12, as recently as 2007. Nevertheless, I feel compelled to respect your opinion.  Anyone who is a fan of the Pirates, is obviously quite knowledgeable in the area of sports teams that blow.



Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2010 12:32 pm
 

And now the Big Ten is really up for grabs

Quit your whining - who follows the CBSsportsline rankings anyways?  The Big East and Big Twelve are the deepest and dominant conferences.  The Big Ten continues to struggle in the NCAA Tourny and until they proove beyond one team that they can play deep into the tourny it will be ranked just below the A10.  My advice to you is to win some games, look at the respected rankings and stop whining.




Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2010 8:47 am
 

And now the Big Ten is really up for grabs

So how much does the loss to Iowa last night hurt NW chances?  That's an ugly double digit loss to a team that is not very good...trust me I have watched Iowa all year and we stink.



Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2010 6:49 pm
 

And now the Big Ten is really up for grabs

Sorry about the last two posts. I thought I could reply directly to another poster.



Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2010 6:46 pm
 

And now the Big Ten is really up for grabs

I can't believe an Ohio State fan believes the Buckeyes will lose at Illinois.

It won't be close. The Buckeyes will win big in Champaign.



Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2010 6:43 pm
 

And now the Big Ten is really up for grabs

At Purdue?




Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2010 5:53 pm
 

And now the Big Ten is really up for grabs

  I am so sick of BT bashing because we play real basketball, not the NBA-ized version, run and gun, don't bother playing D garbagExcept Michigan State which seems to be trending to the NBA "no D" version!! See, eg. Wisconsin Illinois, Purdue....

I heard that Travis Walton was not an asst. coach. Help Travis Help!



Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2010 4:24 pm
 

And now the Big Ten is really up for grabs

Correction.  Turner played in both games against Minnesota.  The first game Nolen shut him down and the second game Nolen didn't play and Turner had a good game.  If you are going to rip on a team at least get your facts straight.  It would make you sound like you might know what you are talking about.



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2010 4:19 pm
 

And now the Big Ten is really up for grabs

Says the guy who's team lost to Indiana. 


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