Big Ten standings 2013: Michigan moves within striking distance of top spot

Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports

Even with just two games on the schedule, the Big Ten standings got even more complicated on Wednesday night.

The Big Ten is unquestionably the best conference in college basketball this season. All things considered, it's tough to remember a conference being so deep with quality teams in the last few years.

Two important games were scheduled for Wednesday night.

The No. 7 Michigan Wolverines, who began the day tied for third place with Michigan State and Wisconsin, defeated Purdue, 80-75.

The other game was between Minnesota and Nebraska. The Golden Gophers hit the skids about a month ago, but they've been playing better the past couple of weeks. They still fell to the Cornhuskers, 53-51.

Here is an updated look at the conference standings following Wednesday's action.

Indiana 13-4 25-5
Michigan 12-5 25-5
Ohio State 12-5 22-7
Michigan State 11-5 22-7
Wisconsin 11-5 20-9
Illinois 8-9 21-10
Minnesota 8-9 20-10
Iowa 8-9 19-11
Purdue 7-10 14-16
Nebraska 5-12 14-16
Northwestern 4-12 13-16
Penn State 1-15 9-19

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