About three weeks into the Big Ten basketball season, the biggest thing we’ve learned is that any team can beat anyone else on any given night.
OK, maybe that doesn’t apply to Rutgers, but there is a ton of parity in the rest of the conference.
Entering this week, the Big Ten standings feature an ever-growing logjam in the middle and no clear sign of who could run away with the regular-season crown. Maryland (4-1) and Wisconsin (3-1) are the only teams with one loss. Every team in the conference has at least two conference wins, except for Rutgers (0-6) and Ohio State (1-4), which beat Michigan State on Sunday.
So can any team take over in the next few weeks and separate itself in a conference that looks like it could get a lot of 9 seeds in the NCAA Tournament?
Wisconsin is still the front-runner. The Badgers were the preseason favorites in the conference and have taken care of business in every game except one on the road, at Purdue.
The Boilermakers are definitely in contention for the Big Ten title, too, and they have a conference Player of the Year favorite in Caleb Swanigan. Meanwhile, Maryland sits alone in first place at 4-1 with a team led by Melo Trimble, and Michigan State is 4-2 with its talented crop of freshmen continuing to get better.
So we want to know, who do you think will be atop the Big Ten standings when the dust settles in early March?