Only two teams in the CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings played Friday. One is Purdue. The other is Illinois. Both won. So the Boilermakers and Illini will now enter Monday's showdown against each other with eight combined victories in a row and as two of at least five teams with realistic chances to win the Big Ten.
It's a fascinating race highlighted by multiple All-American candidates. At Purdue, there's Jaden Ivey, Trevion Williams and Zach Edey, the last of whom got 22 points and nine rebounds in Friday's 92-65 win over Nebraska. At Illinois, there's Kofi Cockburn, the physically overwhelming big who finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds in Friday's 68-53 win over Michigan. Then there's Johnny Davis at Wisconsin, E.J. Liddell at Ohio State and Gabe Brown and Max Christie at Michigan State -- not to mention Keegan Murray at Iowa and Trayce Jackson-Davis at Indiana. Simply put, the Big 12 is probably a better league top to bottom, but no conference has a better mix of really good teams and great college players than the Big Ten possesses this season.
It's been a blast to follow.
Big Ten schools are fourth (Michigan State), fifth (Wisconsin), seventh (Purdue), 18th (Ohio State) and 23rd (Illinois) in Saturday morning's updated Top 25 And 1. Each of the five is capable of eventually securing the league title. But, odds are, that won't be decided until the final week of the regular season given how little the gap appears to be between any of those teams.
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Top 25 And 1 rankings
|Jabari Smith finished with 25 points and seven rebounds in Tuesday's 81-77 win at Alabama. The Tigers' next game is Saturday at Ole Miss.||--||28-6|
|Baylor finished with 14 turnovers and 14 assists in Tuesday's 65-62 loss to Texas Tech. The Bears' next game is Saturday against Oklahoma State.||--||27-7|
|Drew Timme finished with 30 points and five rebounds in Thursday's 110-84 win over BYU. The Zags' next game is Saturday at Santa Clara.||--||28-4|
|Max Christie finished with 16 points and five rebounds in Wednesday's 71-69 win over Minnesota. The Spartans' next game is Saturday against Northwestern.||--||23-13|
|Brad Davison finished with 25 points and three rebounds in Thursday's 78-68 win over Ohio State. The Badgers' next game is Tuesday at Northwestern.||--||25-8|
|Darius Days finished with 20 points and six rebounds in Wednesday's 64-58 win at Florida. The Tigers' next game is Saturday against Arkansas.||--||22-12|
|Zach Edey finished with 22 points and nine rebounds in Friday's 92-65 wn over Nebraska. The Boilermakers' next game is Monday at Illinois.||--||29-8|
|Ochai Agbaji finished with 22 points and seven rebounds in Tuesday's 62-61 win over Iowa State. The Jayhawks' next game is Saturday against West Virginia.||--||34-6|
|Josh Carlton finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds in Saturday's 76-66 win over Wichita State. The Cougars' next game is Saturday at Tulsa.||--||32-6|
|Justin Kier finished with 14 points and four rebounds in Thursday' s 76-55 win over Colorado. The Wildcats' next game is Saturday against Utah.||--||33-4|
|Collin Gillespie finished with 21 points and three rebounds in Wednesday's 64-60 win at Xavier. The Wildcats' next game is Sunday against Butler.||--||30-8|
|Chevez Goodwin finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds in Thursday's 81-71 win over Oregon State. The Trojans' next game is Saturday against Oregon.||--||26-8|
|Iowa State finished with two more turnovers than assists in Tuesday's 62-61 loss at Kansas. The Cyclones' next game is Saturday against Texas.||--||22-13|
|Paolo Banchero finished with 24 points and five rebounds in Wednesday's 76-64 win at Wake Forest. The Blue Devils' next game is Saturday against NC State.||--||32-7|
|Kevin Obanor finished with 17 points and two steals in Thursday's 78-57 win over Oklahoma State. The Red Raiders' next game is Saturday at Kansas State.||--||27-10|
|Jaime Jaquez finished with just four points and four turnovers in Thursday's 84-81 overtime loss to Oregon. The Bruins' next game is Saturday against Oregon State.||--||27-8|
|Xavier missed 19 of the 24 3-pointers it attempted in Wednesday's 64-60 loss to Villanova. The Musketeers' next game is Saturday against Creighton.||--||23-13|
|Ohio State missed 16 of the 19 3-pointers it attempted in Thursday's 78-68 loss at Wisconsin. The Buckeyes' next game is Sunday against Penn State.||--||20-12|
|Santiago Vescovi finished with 14 points and five assists in Tuesday's 66-46 win over South Carolina. The Vols' next game is Saturday at Kentucky.||--||27-8|
|Oscar Tschiebwe finished with 30 points and 13 rebounds in Tuesday's 78-66 win at Vanderbilt. The Wildcats' next game is Saturday against Tennessee.||--||26-8|
|Nate Watson finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds in Saturday's 83-73 win over St. John's. The Friars are on a COVID pause.||--||27-6|
|Braden Norris finished with 23 points and four assists in Loyola Chicago's 81-74 double-overtime win over Valparaiso. The Ramblers' next game is Saturday at Indiana State.||--||25-8|
|Kofii Cockburn finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds in Friday's 68-53 win over Michigan. The Illini's next game is Monday against Purdue.||--||23-10|
|Andrew Jones finished with 22 points and four steals in Tuesday's 66-52 win over Oklahoma. The Longhorns' next game is Saturday at Iowa State.||--||22-12|
|Jalen Bridges finished with 22 points and five rebounds in Tuesday's 70-60 win over Oklahoma State. The Mountaineers' next game is Saturday at Kansas.||--||16-17|
|Seton Hall lost 96-92 at Depaul on Thursday despite finishing 29-of-32 from the free throw line. The Pirates' next game is Saturday at Marquette.||--||21-11|