Big Ten grind highlights marquee matchups of ranked teams
Minnesota’s Marcus Carr (5) high-fives teammate Liam Robbins (0) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan State, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, in Minneapolis. Minnesota won 81-56. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

The Large Ten Conference had an impressive nine of their teams rated within the Top 25 within the latest poll Monday.

Naturally, the very best rated of these would immediately lose for an unranked opponent.

Maryland’s victory over sixth-rated Wisconsin on Monday night – together with No. 21 Minnesota’s rout of No. 17 Michigan Condition – sets happens for what is a legendary begin to 2012 within the improbably deep Big Ten.

Tenth-rated Iowa, fresh off its overtime loss towards the Golden Gophers, assumes No. 19 Northwestern on Tuesday night while No. 14 Purdue hosts Rutgers. Nebraska heads to No. 25 Ohio Condition on Wednesday, and Minnesota faces the Badgers with no. 16 Michigan attempts to remain unbeaten from the Terps on New Year’s Eve.

All prior to the weekend even begins.

The Hawkeyes continue their brutal schedule at Rutgers on Saturday, when Purdue heads to No. 15 Illinois and Michigan Condition visits the Cornhuskers. The weekend concludes Sunday with Wisconsin visiting Penn Condition, Northwestern going to Michigan and Ohio Condition visiting Minnesota in a set of matchups involving rated teams.

Prepare for an outrageous begin to 2021 within the Big Ten.

GONZAGA Will get A BREATHER

After blowing out then-No. 16 Virginia, giving the Bulldogs an archive four wins against Top 25 teams within the first seven games of the season, coach Mark Few’s team finally will get a breather now. Gonzaga ran roughshod over Northern Arizona on Monday night within the makeup of the game canceled earlier in December because of COVID-19, then removes to manage Dixie Condition night. The Bulldogs’ breezy week concludes Saturday against Bay Area.

“They’re the very best we’ve performed to date,” Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett stated, “and seem to be well-worthy of that ranking.”

Some Of The Best 25 TUSSLES

Two teams which have navigated their first six games with no loss meet Wednesday night when seventh-rated Tennessee visits No. 12 Missouri within the Southeastern Conference opener for teams.

On Saturday, the Chesapeake Bay Conference takes center stage. No. 18 Florida Condition plays No. 20 Duke in just the 3rd game for that Blue Demons since 12 ,. 4, with no. 23 Virginia plays No. 24 Virginia Tech inside a showdown of colleges separated by about 150 miles of Interstate 81. The Hokies curently have wins over teams which were rated in Villanova and Clemson.

BIG 12 BATTLES

The Large Ten has got the most teams within the Top 25 however the Big 12 might have the very best – the league has five teams rated within the top 13. And two best meet at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday when No. 8 Texas visits third-rated Kansas.

Second-rated Baylor added a late tune-facing Central Arkansas previous night visiting Iowa Condition on Saturday. No. 9 West Virginia heads to Oklahoma and Oklahoma Condition visits No. 13 Texas Tech exactly the same mid-day.

Outdoors The Ability 5

Fifth-rated Houston has navigated an agenda marked with a showdown using the Red Raiders and three postponements because of COVID-19 with no loss. The Cougars ought to be heavy favorites against Tulsa previous night a marque game within the American Sports Conference against unbeaten SMU on Sunday.

No. 11 Creighton plays its first game since beating then-No. 22 Xavier on 12 ,. 3 if this visits Providence on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Villanova wishes it might play anybody at this time. The 4th-rated Wildcats stopped their season Sunday when coach Jay Wright tested positive for COVID-19. Their game from the Musketeers on Saturday continues to be postponed but no decision has been created for the following three Big East games against DePaul, Marquette and Connecticut.

“Our players happen to be very diligent and disciplined with all the COVID protocols,” Wright stated inside a statement from the college. “Unfortunately, we’ve had two staff people test positive. I’m one of these. My signs and symptoms are mild, so we remain connected together and staff by telephone and Zoom.”