Illinois' Brandon Paul, left, heads to the basket as Missouri's Phil Pressey defends Saturday during the first half in St. Louis.
Northwestern head coach Bill Carmody, right, talks with guard Dave Sobolewski during the first half against Stanford.
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Big Ten men's basketball is first in overall RPI nationally as non-conference play winds down this weekend. Five league teams are ranked in the top 12 of the latest AP poll and at least eight of them have a good shot at reaching the NCAA tournament. That means this winter should be a blast for fans — and brutal for members.