Big Ten men’s basketball standings by leading scorer

Last year, Jalen Pickett carried Penn State to the NCAA Tournament, so this year, who are the dominant scorers in the Big Ten, who could make noise in the Big Ten tournament and down the stretch of the regular season?
Penn State Nittany Lions guard Kanye Clary (0)
Penn State Nittany Lions guard Kanye Clary (0) / Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

The Big Ten has been a tough conference to win games in this basketball season, especially on the road. As the conference schedule starts to come down the home stretch heading for March and the Big Ten tournament, it’s important to have a star player who can carry your team through a tough stretch. 

Last season, Jalen Pickett nearly carried the Nittany Lions to a Big Ten title before running up against Zach Edey and Purdue in the championship game. Pickett took the Nittany Lions to the NCAA Tournament with his stellar season, finishing the year at 17.7 points, and when it came to the tournament, having the best player on the floor was sometimes the only thing that mattered. 

This year, there are a lot of stars across the Big Ten, including Edey, the reigning National Player of the Year. Though even he can be beaten by the other stars in this league, like Nortwestern’s Boo Buie. On Wednesday night, Buie dropped 29 on No. 10 Illinois in a 96-91 Northwestern win. 

Kanye Clary has done a similar thing, taking down Wisconsin at the Bryce Jordan Center with 27 points. He may give the Nittany Lions a puncher's chance in the Big Ten tournament, which looks like the team’s only path to March Madness in Mike Rhoades’ first year. 

So, to keep an eye on which teams have the potential to go on a run through February and March, let’s take a look at the Big Ten standings by leading scorer through January 25. 

  1. Purdue, Zach Edey, 22.9 ppg 18-2 (7-2) 
  2. Maryland, Jahmir Young 20.8 ppg 12-8 (4-5)
  3. Michigan State, Tyson Walker, 19.7 ppg 12-7 (4-4)
  4. Penn State, Kanye Clary, 18.8 ppg 9-10 (3-5)
  5. Northwestern, Boo Buie, 18.5 ppg 14-5 (5-3)
  6. Michigan, Dug McDaniel, 17.4 ppg 7-12 (2-6)
  7. Minnesota, Dawson Garcia, 17.3 ppg 12-7 (3-5)
  8. Indiana, Malik Reneau, 16.5 ppg 12-7 (4-4)
  9. Iowa, Ben Krikke, 16.1 ppg 11-8 (3-5)
  10. Ohio State, Bruce Thornton, 16.0 ppg 13-6 (3-5)
  11. Wisconsin, AJ Storr, 15.3 15-4 (7-1)
  12. Illinois, Marcus Domask, 15.1 14-5 (5-3)
  13. Nebraska, Keisei Tominaga, 14.0 15-5 (5-4)
  14. Rutgers, Aundre Hyatt, 12.2 10-8 (2-5)

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