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Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings: Week 4

We have seen conference games begin and some major upsets to accompany them.

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Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings: Week 3

1) Illinois (+2)
W at Rutgers, W vs #11 FAU (N)
The new number one is definitely deserving. Illinois is very much the hottest team in the Big Ten and Terrence Shannon Jr has them rolling.

2) Purdue (-1)
W vs Texas Southern, L at Northwestern, W vs Iowa
Is Purdue still the favorite? Probably. But Purdue is repeating last season almost exactly. If that’s the case, we like the winning the big ten part but that other part...

3) Northwestern (+2)
W vs #1 Purdue
When you take down the king, you rise. I think Purdue will be out for blood when the Cats go to Mackey later this year.

4) Wisconsin (+5)
W vs #3 Marquette, W at Michigan State
The second-best win of the week and a win in the Breslin Center shoots Wisconsin way up.

5) Indiana (-1)
W vs Maryland, W at Michigan
Winning twice and dropping only occurs when the two teams below you both have wins versus top-3 teams. IU will be in a growing list of teams that look like contenders early on.

6) Nebraska (-4)
L vs #15 Creighton
The first loss finally came for the Huskers and although it was to #15 Creighton, the glam of undefeated is gone. Nebraska could plummet.

7) Ohio State (+1)
W vs Central Michigan, W vs Minnesota
Hey look, a 2-0 team that rose. OSU is off to a good start in conference, taking down hapless Minnesota. Jury is still out on the Buckeyes.

8) Iowa (-2)
W vs North Florida, L at #4 Purdue
Man, I did not want to be Iowa coming into Mackey after Purdue’s loss in Evanston. Purdue was angry and took it out on the Hawkeyes, going up by nearly 35 before subs came in. Still, Iowa has the ability to score in bunches.

9) Michigan State (-2)
W vs Georgia Southern, L vs #23 Wisconsin
This type of Michigan State team is becoming a trend for Tom Izzo. It used to be the MSU would be dominant all year long and carry that over into March. Now, MSU struggles in November and December, rises to the occasion leading into March, but gets pinned with a much tougher tournament because of the early struggles.

10) Rutgers (-)
L vs #24 Illinois
Illinois is the one of the Big 3 in the Big Ten right now. Losing to them is not the end of the world for the Scarlet Knights.

11) Michigan (-)
L at Oregon, L vs Indiana
Yes, Michigan lost twice but they should in no way fall below and of the remaining teams. Both losses were by 3 points and the first went to overtime on the road. Michigan is going to have to claw their way to wins this year.

12) Maryland (-)
W vs Rider, L at Indiana
Maryland built a nice little win streak but got slapped in the face when conference season started. The 12-point loss to Indiana was not nearly as close as the score suggests.

13) Minnesota (-)
W vs New Orleans, L at Ohio State
Minnesota is still not good, but they are not the worst Big Ten team.

14) Penn State (-)
L vs Bucknell
The misfortunes continue for Penn State as they dropped a home game to 2-7 Bucknell. It’s gonna be a real struggle for the Nittany Lions this year.