Originally written on UM Hoops  |  Last updated 11/15/14
Team W L Tempo PPP Opp. PPP Eff. Margin Ohio State 9 3 66.2 1.10 0.88 0.22 Michigan State 9 3 62.9 1.09 0.91 0.18 Wisconsin 8 4 57.5 1.02 0.96 0.06 Michigan 9 4 59.1 1.05 1.00 0.05 Indiana 7 6 65.6 1.11 1.09 0.02 Minnesota 5 7 63.4 1.02 1.02 0.00 Purdue 6 6 63.9 1.08 1.11 -0.03 Illinois 5 7 62.6 0.99 1.03 -0.04 Northwestern 5 7 61.8 1.08 1.13 -0.05 Iowa 5 7 66.7 1.04 1.12 -0.09 Penn State 3 10 63.1 0.95 1.08 -0.13 Nebraska 3 10 61.7 0.91 1.09 -0.18 Average 62.9 1.04 Data from StatSheet.com and KenPom.com. There aren’t many sports clichés older than “defense wins championships” but the phrase holds true in the Big Ten.  The four teams at the top of the Big Ten standings boast the best per-possession defenses in the league and the top three have the best adjusted defensive efficiency ratings in the country. Indiana, Purdue and Northwestern can score the ball as well as anyone in the league but simply haven’t found the results on the other end. The d...

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