Big Ten Briefing Feb. 11, 2019

There is no question that the Big Ten is one of the premier conferences in the nation. And that is on display day in and day out no matter what season it is. Let’s take a look back at some of the bigger games that took place in the conference this past week.

On Tuesday, the Illinois Men’s Basketball team got a big win against the No. 9 Michigan State Spartans.

This put the Spartans on a three game slide that they eventually put to an end to yesterday against Minnesota.

While not a huge game, after picking up their elusive first conference victory against Northwestern on Monday, the Penn State Nittany Lions traveled to Columbus to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes. These two always provide a thrilling contest in almost every sport and Thursday was no exception.

Staying in Columbus, there was an enormous showdown between the aforementioned teams on the wrestling mats. This matchup between No. 1 Penn State and No. 2 Ohio State did not live up to the rivalry as the Nittany Lions rolled behind this Bo Nickel pin to put away the match early.

Saturday gave us a ranked matchup between two perennial conference powers in Ann Arbor. No. 7 Michigan avenged their loss to Wisconsin earlier in the season.

Finally we had a thrilling overtime finish in Illinois that was bigger than hoops.

Now let’s take a look at the updated conference standings after the Sunday action is over (Top Six only).

Basketball

1. Michigan (11-2) 22-2

2. Purdue (10-2) 17-6

3. Michigan State (10-3) 19-5

4. Maryland (9-4) 18-6

5. Wisconsin (9-4) 17-7

6. Iowa (8-5) 19-5

Hockey

1. Ohio State (41 pts.) 19-5-4

2. Michigan (30 pts.) 12-11-6

3. Minnesota (27 pts.) 11-14-4

4. Penn State (26 pts.) 16-10-2

5. Notre Dame (25 pts.) 14-10-3

6. Michigan State (24 pts.) 10-15-5

Wrestling

1. Iowa (7-0) 12-0

2. Penn State (6-0) 11-0

3. Michigan (5-1) 10-1

4. Ohio State (5-2) 9-2

5. Minnesota (6-2) 13-3

6. Nebraska (5-3) 11-4

The Big Ten is by far the best conference from an overall standpoint and these standings prove that it is a gauntlet in every sport. Meaning the team that usually wins the conference is a team you can count on being right there once it’s National Championship time.

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