Big Ten Power Rankings 1/19/15-1/25/15

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1.  Wisconsin (16-2, 4-1).  No Traevon Jackson, no problem for the Badgers as Bronson Koenig filled in nicely with 11 points in their win over Nebraska.  Look for Frank Kaminsky (22 pts v Nebraska) to be even more aggressive in looking for his offense when they host the Hawkeys. 2.  Maryland (17-2, 5-1).  For those […]

Big Ten Power Rankings 1/12/15-1/18/15

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1. Wisconsin (15-2, 3-1). Without Frank Kaminsky and Traevon Jackson (2nd half), the Badgers fall to Rutgers on the road. Without the rim protection of Kaminsky, Rutgers shot 67%FG in the 2nd half. the Badgers gutted out a tough win against resurgent Purdue. Unlikely the Badgers have a repeat performance when they host Nebraska on […]

Big Ten Power Rankings 1/5/15-1/11/15

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1. Wisconsin (14-1, 2-0). The Badgers withstood an offensive show by Penn State in the first half only to have their own shooting clinic in the 2nd half with 63% shooting on the game! Same hot shooting, same result over Northwestern. Frank “Big Daddy Kane” Kaminsky with a league leading 7th double double. Badgers host […]

Big Ten Power Rankings 12/15/14-12/28/14

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1. Wisconsin (10-1). After a week off the Badgers head west to take on the Cal Bears. Curious to see if Sam Dekker will come back full strength from his nagging ankle injury. 2. Maryland (11-1). The Terps have been the biggest surprise in the Big Ten thus far with another impressive win, this time […]

Big Ten Power Rankings 12/8/14-12/14/14

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1.  Wisconsin (10-1).  Badgers continue to roll this week with wins over Milwaukee and Nicholls State.  Nine-day break before heading to Berkeley to take on the California Bears will benefit Sam Dekker and his ankle the most. 2.  Ohio State (8-1).  Besides the Louisville game which resulted in their only loss, the competition the Buckeyes […]

Big Ten Power Rankings 12/1/14-12/7/14

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1.  Wisconsin (8-1)  Duke’s ability to create shots and switching defense proved to be too much for the Badgers.  Bounced back to take a defensive struggle against rival Marquette which Badgers won despite shooting only .327% (17-52) on the road. 2.  Ohio State (6-1)  Lee, Scott, and Tate combined 2-16 FG’s in loss to Louisville.  […]

Big Ten Power Rankings 11.24.14 – 11.31.14

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1. Wisconsin – (7-0) Won Battle for Atlantis behind balanced effort against quality field.  Sam Dekker’s ankle still appears to be far less than 100%.  Can Kaminsky hold his own against Jahlil Okafor? 2. Ohio State – (5-0) Buckeyes are 3rd nationally in Division 1 field goal percentage (.567).  Sam Thompson has double figures in […]

Big Ten Power Rankings – 11.16.14 – 11.23.14

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It’s my first Big Ten Power Rankings for the College Basketball Season and here are my standings: 1. Wisconsin – (4-0)  If Nigel Hayes continues to play this well the Badgers may find themselves with 3 All Americans.  Battle for Atlantis is top shelf and will give Badgers a gauntlet to navigate. 2.  Michigan State […]

Opening night of Big Ten Basketball 2014-2015

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The start of a new basketball season for me goes back 40 years ago, when I played junior sports basketball. The anticipation and excitement of playing on Saturdays at Winkler school was amazing! I was 6 years old and as I write this my body summons up the tingling sensation as if it were yesterday! […]