Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings: Week 14

Minnesota guard Nate Mason right drives against Northwestern guard  forward Scottie Lindsey during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Thursday Feb. 4 2016 in Evanston Ill

Minnesota guard Nate Mason right drives against Northwestern

The Big Ten released conference predictions on Wednesday, voting the Michigan Wolverines as this year's favorite to claim conference bragging rights. "A win here at Mariucci is a pretty big deal".

So for now it looks like MI and Maryland will be the class of the Big Ten and if either one can find its way to Omaha for the CWS, it would be a huge moment for a league that's improving in baseball, but could use a signature achievement.

MI is down to 13th in the conference in eFG% defense and the defensive shot chart from Big Ten games only is ugly. Prior to Saturday, the Gophers won the first five games between the two teams in Minneapolis.

The Badgers are fresh off a bye week after snagging two close 4-3 and 5-2 victories over Alaska two weekends ago, and are building momentum to make a run in the upcoming Big Ten Conference tournament. Last weekend he was more even-keeled, giving credit to his teammates.

"Having Mike back for his junior year is a very comforting thing as a coaching staff, Maryland coach John Szefc told reporters at the Terps media day". They are now the #18 team in the nation. "I play the way I do. In a short lineup those guys are going hard the whole game on the big ice with a Minnesota team that can skate as good as anybody".

The team now boasts a share of first place in the Big Ten with 27 points and looks to shoot ahead of Minnesota in the standings with two more away wins this weekend.

Checklist number two was closer to being just business than an accomplishment to celebrate.

Four of Minnesota's next six games are against ranked teams, the Star Tribune notes. Penn State is 16th and Minnesota is 21st. But with MI and Maryland establishing themselves as up-and-coming programs the past couple seasons, the Wolverines and Terrapins look like teams that could provide some postseason success.

Scheid also said a win would be meaningful to him, which as a native of the state was the only hint it would be a milestone. Rutgers went to triple overtime against IL which is nearly a win! After garnering a selection to the All-Big Ten third team and All-Big Ten Tournament teams, Adcock was named to the ABCA All-Mideast Region second team.

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