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Big Ten Report - Preview (12/28/2009)

Monday, December 28, 2009 - Drew Montag

Big Ten Report – Preview (12/28/2009)

 

The Big Ten season starts next week, before the New Year again.  Last season was the first time I could remember Big Ten games in December, and they’ve scheduled them again this season.  I guess it’s the only way to squeeze in 18 games per team before NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday on 3/14/2010.

 

Standings

Once again, the Big Ten looks tough.  This season, there are five Big Ten teams that are ranked at the start of the Big Ten schedule: (#4) Purdue, (#11) Michigan State, (#15) Ohio State, (#23) Wisconsin, and (#25) Northwestern.  Here’s how the Big Ten teams have done so far this season:

 

 

Team

Big Ten

Overall

Wins

Losses

Percent

Wins

Losses

Percent

Purdue

0

0

0.000

11

0

1.000

Northwestern

0

0

0.000

10

1

0.909

Ohio State

0

0

0.000

10

2

0.833

Wisconsin

0

0

0.000

10

2

0.833

Michigan State

0

0

0.000

9

3

0.750

Minnesota

0

0

0.000

9

3

0.750

Illinois

0

0

0.000

8

4

0.667

Penn State

0

0

0.000

8

4

0.667

Michigan

0

0

0.000

6

5

0.545

Indiana

0

0

0.000

5

6

0.455

Iowa

0

0

0.000

5

7

0.417

 

The only surprise here is how well Northwestern has done.  Of course, they’ve only played 2 tough teams (Bradley and Notre Dame), and they only won one of them (ND).

 

By the way, some of the Big Ten teams still have some non-conference games to play:

 

·         12/28/2009 – Bryant at Indiana (Indiana should win)

·         12/30/2009 – Texas-Arlington at Michigan State (Michigan State should win)

·         01/01/2010 – West Virginia at Purdue (Purdue should win)

·         01/02/2010 – Gonzaga at Illinois (toss up game)

·         01/07/2010 – Texas-Pan American at Northwestern (Northwestern should win)

·         01/12/2010 – Tennessee State at Iowa (Iowa should win)

·         01/17/2010 – Connecticut at Michigan (Connecticut should win)

·         01/23/2010 – Ohio State at West Virginia (Ohio State should win)

·         03/03/2010 – Chicago State at Northwestern (Northwestern should win)

 

Here’s my prediction of what the Big Ten standings will look like at the end of the season:

 

 

Team

Big Ten

Overall

Wins

Losses

Percent

Wins

Losses

Percent

Purdue

16

2

0.889

27

2

0.931

Michigan State

15

3

0.833

24

6

0.800

Wisconsin

14

4

0.778

24

6

0.800

Ohio State

12

6

0.667

22

8

0.733

Northwestern

10

8

0.556

20

9

0.690

Minnesota

9

9

0.500

18

12

0.600

Michigan

8

10

0.444

14

15

0.483

Illinois

6

12

0.333

14

16

0.467

Penn State

4

14

0.222

12

18

0.400

Iowa

3

15

0.167

8

22

0.267

Indiana

2

16

0.111

7

22

0.241

 

The Upcoming Week

Here are the games scheduledfor the upcoming week (Week #1):

 

Monday (12/28/2009)

Bryant at Indiana (non-conference)

 

Tuesday (12/29/2009)

Purdue at Iowa

Penn State at Minnesota

 

Wednesday (12/30/2009)

Texas-Arlington at Michigan State (non-conference)

Northwestern at Illinois

 

Thursday (12/31/2009)

Michigan at Indiana

Ohio State at Wisconsin

 

Friday (01/01/2010)

West Virginia at Purdue (non-conference)

 

Saturday (01/02/2010)

Gonzaga at Illinois (non-conference)

Minnesota at Iowa

Michigan State at Northwestern

 

Sunday (01/03/2010)

Wisconsin at Penn State

Ohio State at Michigan

 

There are several big games this week:

·         Michigan at Indiana on Thursday.  Has Michigan slipped a notch?  Is Indiana improved from last year?  We’ll find out here.

·         Ohio State at Wisconsin on Thursday.  An early battle between a couple contenders for the Big Ten title.  Wisconsin is almost unbeatable at home.

·         Michigan State at Northwestern on Saturday.  This is probably the most intriguing of the early games.  Is Northwestern for real?  This game will tell us a lot.

 

Full Schedule

Here’s the entire Big Ten schedule, with the teams in alphabetical order.  I’ll include this table every week, with the wins and losses filled in:

 

Team

Record

Wins

Losses

Remaining Games

Illinois

0-0

 

 

Northwestern (H)

Iowa (H)

Indiana (A)

Penn State (H)

Michigan State (A)

Purdue (H)

Northwestern (A)

Penn State (A)

Indiana (H)

Iowa (A)

Michigan State (H)

Wisconsin (A)

Ohio State (H)

Purdue (A)

Michigan (A)

Minnesota (H)

Ohio State (A)

Wisconsin (H)

Indiana

0-0

 

 

Michigan (H)

Ohio State (A)

Illinois (H)

Michigan (A)

Minnesota (H)

Penn State (A)

Iowa (H)

Illinois (A)

Purdue (H)

Northwestern (A)

Ohio State (H)

Wisconsin (A)

Michigan State (H)

Minnesota (A)

Wisconsin (H)

Iowa (A)

Purdue (A)

Northwestern (H)

Iowa

0-0

 

 

Purdue (H)

Minnesota (H)

Illinois (A)

Michigan State (H)

Penn State (H)

Michigan State (A)

Indiana (A)

Ohio State (H)

Michigan (A)

Illinois (H)

Ohio State (A)

Northwestern (H)

Purdue (A)

Michigan (H)

Northwestern (A)

Indiana (H)

Wisconsin (A)

Minnesota (A)

Michigan

0-0

 

 

Indiana (A)

Ohio State (H)

Penn State (A)

Northwestern (H)

Indiana (H)

Wisconsin (A)

Purdue (A)

Michigan State (H)

Iowa (H)

Northwestern (A)

Wisconsin (H)

Minnesota (A)

Iowa (A)

Penn State (H)

Illinois (H)

Ohio State (A)

Minnesota (H)

Michigan State (A)

Michigan State

0-0

 

 

Northwestern (A)

Wisconsin (H)

Iowa (A)

Minnesota (H)

Illinois (H)

Iowa (H)

Minnesota (A)

Michigan (A)

Northwestern (H)

Wisconsin (A)

Illinois (A)

Purdue (H)

Penn State (A)

Indiana (A)

Ohio State (H)

Purdue (A)

Penn State (H)

Michigan (H)

Minnesota

0-0

 

 

Penn State (H)

Iowa (A)

Purdue (A)

Ohio State (H)

Michigan State (A)

Indiana (A)

Michigan State (H)

Northwestern (H)

Ohio State (A)

Penn State (A)

Michigan (H)

Northwestern (A)

Wisconsin (H)

Indiana (H)

Purdue (H)

Illinois (A)

Michigan (A)

Iowa (H)

Northwestern

0-0

 

 

Illinois (A)

Michigan State (H)

Michigan (A)

Wisconsin (H)

Purdue (H)

Ohio State (A)

Illinois (H)

Minnesota (A)

Michigan State (A)

Michigan (H)

Indiana (H)

Iowa (A)

Minnesota (H)

Penn State (H)

Wisconsin (A)

Iowa (H)

Penn State (A)

Indiana (A)

Ohio State

0-0

 

 

Wisconsin (A)

Michigan (A)

Indiana (H)

Minnesota (A)

Purdue (A)

Wisconsin (H)

Northwestern (H)

Iowa (A)

Minnesota (H)

Penn State (H)

Iowa (H)

Indiana (A)

Illinois (A)

Purdue (H)

Michigan State (A)

Penn State (A)

Michigan (H)

Illinois (H)

Penn State

0-0

 

 

Minnesota (A)

Wisconsin (H)

Michigan (H)

Illinois (A)

Iowa (A)

Indiana (H)

Wisconsin (A)

Illinois (H)

Purdue (A)

Ohio State (A)

Minnesota (H)

Michigan State (H)

Northwestern (A)

Michigan (A)

Ohio State (H)

Northwestern (H)

Michigan State (A)

Purdue (H)

Purdue

0-0

 

 

Iowa (A)

Minnesota (H)

Wisconsin (A)

Ohio State (H)

Northwestern (A)

Illinois (A)

Michigan (H)

Wisconsin (H)

Penn State (H)

Indiana (A)

Michigan State (A)

Iowa (H)

Ohio State (A)

Illinois (H)

Minnesota (A)

Michigan State (H)

Indiana (H)

Penn State (A)

Wisconsin

0-0

 

 

Ohio State (H)

Penn State (A)

Michigan State (A)

Purdue (H)

Northwestern (A)

Ohio State (A)

Michigan (H)

Penn State (H)

Purdue (A)

Michigan State (H)

Michigan (A)

Illinois (H)

Indiana (H)

Minnesota (A)

Northwestern (H)

Indiana (A)

Iowa (H)

Illinois (A)

 

With this season’s schedule, each team will play 8 teams twice, and only 2 teams once.  It’s interesting to see which teams each team gets to play only once:

 

Team

Doesn’t Play

Illinois

Michigan (H)

Minnesota (A)

Indiana

Michigan State (A)

Penn State (H)

Iowa

Penn State (A)

Wisconsin (H)

Michigan

Illinois (A)

Purdue (H)

Michigan State

Indiana (H)

Ohio State (A)

Minnesota

Illinois (H)

Wisconsin (A)

Northwestern

Ohio State (H)

Purdue (A)

Ohio State

Michigan State (H)

Northwestern (A)

Penn State

Indiana (A)

Iowa (H)

Purdue

Michigan (A)

Northwestern (H)

Wisconsin

Iowa (A)

Minnesota (H)

 

This season, the big winners are Northwestern and Ohio State, who both miss playing 2 contenders.  The big loser is Penn State, who misses playing 2 lower-division opponents.

 


Drew Montag
Men's Basketball Editor, UMGoBlue.COM

 
 
 
 
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