How did the Big Ten do in this week’s Power 36?
Four Big Ten teams are ranked in this week’s ‘Power 36’ as there has been a fluidity in the conference. Following a wild week in the Big Ten, all this movement shouldn’t be a surprise.
It also shouldn’t be a surprise that much of the movement for the Big Ten involved teams dropping down in the ‘Power 36’ or out of the ranking entirely.
The ‘Power 36‘ was created by college basketball insider Andy Katz, who also appears on the Big Ten Network as an in-studio commentator. He has been bullish on the conference as a whole, including his projections that nine Big Ten teams will make the NCAA Tournament this year.
Rutgers was one of two Big Ten programs to drop out of the ‘Power 36’ this week. Illinois, ranked No. 19 a week ago, got the boot as did Rutgers (formerly No. 28).
Nine Big Ten teams make the NCAA Tournament in the latest projections from FoxSports
Here is how the ‘Power 36’ shook out this week:
No. 6 Purdue (down three spots from the previous week)
No. 13 Northwestern (up four spots from the previous week)
No. 20 Maryland (down two spots from the previous week)
No. 30 Iowa (down seven spots from the previous week)
Future Big Ten program UCLA checked in at fourth overall in Katz’s rankings. USC, another incoming member to the conference, is in at No. 32.
ESPN BPI: Rutgers favored to close out season with four wins, has easiest schedule of Big Ten contenders