1. Ohio State Yes, the Buckeyes almost left Evanston red-faced during an absolutely mental weekend in college basketball. But, unlike Duke or UConn or Villanova, they did not lose, and now have literally every first-place vote available in both the AP and Coaches polls.
2. Purdue Here’s where, realistically, the league basically separates the good from the great. The shellacking Purdue took from Ohio State last week aside, the Boilermakers are the only team set up to challenge Ohio State for any piece of the regular-season crown. Taking that shellacking into consideration, even they probably won’t do it.