Another week, another No. 1 in the Athlon Sports college basketball power rankings.
For the third week in a row, we have a new team in the top spot following Duke two weeks ago, then Michigan. We return to an old friend at No. 1 in Indiana, who defeated the Wolverines 81-73 on Saturday.
Michigan's trip to Indiana will be a good way to start Super Bowl weekend in a great night for college basketball. Ole Miss' Marshall Henderson heads to the road to face a dominant Florida team.</p>
Wednesday night turned out to be only a formality for the top two teams in the Big Ten.
If anything, two easy victories against overmatched conference opponents for Michigan and Indiana showed neither teams are having jitters for one of the biggest games of the regular season. Michigan dispatched Northwestern 68-46, and Indiana followed in the nightcap with a 97-60 win over Purdue.
Marshall Henderson has revived Ole Miss basketball, but he's also become one of college basketball's most divisive players. He's great, but he's also a villain alongside Christian Laettner, J.J. Redick and more.</p>
A light week of college basketball, relatively speaking, should come to a thrilling end.
Michigan at Indiana has the potential to be one of the best games of the season, with both teams in the top three, with rosters containing Player of the Year candidates and with both playing some of the best basketball in the country on the offensive end of the floor.
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Perhaps the best sign of the Big Ten’s depth this season is the revolving door of teams as the flavor of the week.
Indiana started the season as the preseason No. 1. Then, Illinois won the Maui Invitational and started 12-0. After that, Minnesota teased us with a 15-1 start, culminating in a rout of Illinois on the road. And all the while Michigan has spent most of the season knocking on the door of the No. 1 spot in the polls.
As the college basketball season nears the end of the first month of the new year, the standings still reveal a handful of surprises.
Instead of Arizona and UCLA, Oregon is atop the Pac-12. Ole Miss is undefeated in the SEC, though the Rebels have yet to run into the Florida steamroller. Meanwhile, Miami is the only team unscathed in ACC play.