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Continued: Rayno's final Big Ten power poll (and conference predictions)

  • Article by: AMELIA RAYNO
  • Last update: March 14, 2013 - 12:36 AM

5. Wisconsin

The Badgers are a little prone to a letdown every now and then. In the same vein, when they are clicking, they can beat anyone. After sliding past Penn State in the season finale — a buzzer-beating victory and the only thing keeping them from dropping three straight — Wisconsin looks to get back on track and stay in the hunt for a top-four seed in the NCAA tourney.

 

6. Purdue

The days when the Boilermakers were getting beat by 30 points seem far away now that they have made a statement in their final stretch, beating Northwestern, Wisconsin and Minnesota in their last five games and nearly trumping Michigan as well. The Boilermakers don’t have enough victories to get an at-large bid into the Big Dance, so short of running the table this weekend they’re playing for the future.

 

7. Iowa

Winning six of their last eight, the Hawkeyes are peaking at the right time. Their weak overall resume hurts their chances of an NCAA tournament bid, but as Iowa heads into the Big Ten tournament, the young team is building up confidence for next season. A good Big Ten tournament run could yield an NCAA berth, or at worst momentum for a possible run in the NIT.

 

8. Illinois

The Illini have been up and down all year, and which of those high or low teams shows up could determine whether it makes the NCAA tournament or somehow falls off the bubble. Illinois has a very strong shot at making the NCAA tournament, but there is a difference between entering as an eight or nine and limping in as a double-digit seed.

 

 

 

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NY Mets 4 FINAL
St. Louis 5
Pittsburgh 4 FINAL
Minnesota 2
St. Louis 1 FINAL
Washington 1
Boston - LP: C. Buchholz 2 FINAL
Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran 4
NY Yankees 10 FINAL
Philadelphia 0
Tampa Bay 0 Cancelled
Baltimore 0
Detroit 1 FINAL
Toronto 4
Chicago WSox 3 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 6
Texas 6 FINAL
Oakland 7
Cleveland 2 FINAL
Arizona 3
Arizona 7 FINAL
LA Angels 2
Miami 0 Cancelled
Houston 0
Seattle - J. Paxton 8:05 PM
Kansas City - Y. Ventura
San Francisco 9:05 PM
Los Angeles
Colorado 9:05 PM
San Diego
Milwaukee 9:05 PM
Cincinnati
Detroit 89 4th Qtr 10:22
Orlando 78
LA Clippers 84 3rd Qtr 4:30
Philadelphia 66
Charlotte 77 3rd Qtr 0:38
Washington 74
Boston 47 3rd Qtr
New York 39
Cleveland 56 3rd Qtr
Brooklyn 57
LA Lakers 48 3rd Qtr
Toronto 46
Miami 37 3rd Qtr
Atlanta 55
Golden State 39 2nd Qtr 8:08
Memphis 27
Sacramento 32 2nd Qtr 4:20
New Orleans 38
Minnesota 31 2nd Qtr 7:25
Houston 40
Dallas 9 1st Qtr 6:18
San Antonio 11
Utah 8:00 PM
Denver
Portland 9:00 PM
Phoenix
Calgary 1 2nd Prd
Minnesota 1
Columbus 1 1st Prd 13:47
Chicago 1
Dallas 8:30 PM
Edmonton
UCLA 37 2nd Half 11:53
Gonzaga 49
NC State 39 2nd Half 17:57
Louisville 33
Utah 8:45 PM
Duke
Kent State 9:00 PM
Northern Ariz
Michigan State 9:07 PM
Oklahoma
(15) North Carolina 39 2nd Half 11:47
(3) South Carolina 45
(18) Iowa 40 2nd Half 11:35
(5) Baylor 58
(9) Arizona State 8:30 PM
(7) Florida State
(14) Stanford 9:00 PM
(2) Notre Dame
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