Big Ten Power Rankings 12/02/07

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Power Ratings for Dec 2nd, 2007

B10 Team Tempo Off Def Power Rank
1 Wisconsin 67.72 1.11 0.76 1.46 7
2 Michigan St. 64.21 1.24 0.91 1.37 13
3 Indiana 71.50 1.17 0.87 1.35 17
4 Minnesota 69.83 1.11 0.88 1.27 38
5 Illinois 66.56 1.11 0.88 1.26 44
6 Purdue 68.49 1.07 0.90 1.19 60
7 Ohio St. 66.43 0.97 0.86 1.13 90
8 Penn St. 72.27 1.01 0.94 1.07 114
9 Michigan 63.94 1.06 1.03 1.04 136
10 Iowa 61.00 0.89 0.95 0.94 209
11 Northwestern 65.24 0.95 1.06 0.90 242

This is a feature that I will run every Sunday during the season. The rankings are calculated using Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted offensive and defensive ratings. My formula is different than Pomeroy’s Pythogorean methodology but does result in the same ordinal ranking for all the teams.

I’ve waited until the third week of the season to provide the rankings in order to have enough data so that the results wouldn’t appear too out of whack. Still I think many will be surprised to see Wisconsin atop the list and perhaps also a little surprised that Ohio State only sits at eighth.

In a surprise from past seasons, Penn State’s pace of 72.7 possessions per game leads the B10. Traditionally, the Lions have been a plodder, methodically working the ball up court and into their half court offense. With the arrival of Stanley Pringle and Taylor Battle, the Lions now possess two of the quickest point guards in the league and their offense should reflect their new found speed.