The Big Ten Conference has firmly established itself as the best conference in college basketball in 2020. As of January 18, five Big Ten teams rank inside the AP Top 25 Poll.
Over the last week, the Michigan Wolverines finally lost their first game of the season. The loss came at the hands of the Minnesota Golden Gophers, who won by a score of 75-57.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers are also dealing with a program-wide COVID-19 outbreak. On Sunday, head coach Fred Hoiberg announced he was among those who have tested positive for the virus.
“In challenging times like we are all experiencing, it reminds us what is truly important and that is our family and health. I unfortunately tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday,” Hoiberg said. “I immediately took direction from our medical staff when I found out and started self-isolating. I am experiencing symptoms, but my condition has improved over the last 24 hours. Our program has been hit hard over the last 10 days, and we are all trying to manage it and get through it. We are very fortunate to have a great medical team around us that is here to ensure the collective health and safety of our program. We have taken a pause from all basketball-related activities and will return only when it is absolutely safe to do so. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of social responsibility by wearing your mask and keeping proper social distance. Please stay safe and healthy.”
Weekly reminder: these are power rankings, so they aren’t projections of where the teams will be, but looks at where they are right now, the teams they’ve beaten and lost to at this point. And that means some of the teams near the bottom of the rankings now will have some upward mobility, and vice versa.
So, how does the Big Ten stack up against each other? Each week, 247Sports will release an updated version of the Big Ten’s power rankings. Check out the sixth edition of the rankings below.