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Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings: Week 9

We are in full conference swing and the Power Rankings need further adjusting.

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Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings: Week 9

1) Purdue (-)
W at Maryland, W vs #9 Illinois
A 14-point win at Maryland and a 5-point win in Mackey against Illinois really don’t illustrate how dominant Purdue was in these games. Late game antics aside, Purdue is far and away the best team in the Big Ten.

2) Wisconsin (-)
W vs Iowa, W vs Nebraska
Wisconsin has put up 80+ points in three straight games. Is that allowed? Wisconsin gets to travel to Columbus this week for what should be a good battle with the Buckeyes.

3) Illinois (+4)
W vs Northwestern, L at #1 Purdue
Even without TSJ, this team is very good. The jury is still out on how Illinois will handle the extra minutes over the entirety of Big Ten season, but the talent is there. Marcus Domask is a baller, but I can’t honestly believe he can play 40 minutes a game.

4) Nebraska (-)
W vs Indiana, L at #21 Wisconsin
Nebraska was riding high after beating Indiana, but the Huskers got slapped down in Madison. The biggest opportunity of the season presents itself this week as they get Purdue at home.

5) Indiana (+1)
L at Nebraska, W vs Ohio State
Losing to Nebraska on the road is by no means a bad loss this year. On the other side of the coin, beating Ohio State at home may not be as glamorous as it used to be either.

6) Ohio State (-3)
W vs Rutgers, L at Indiana
Was there a lid on the rim in Assembly Hall this weekend, because the Buckeyes couldn’t make a 3 to save their lives (other than Jamison Battle). Bruce Thorton and Roddy Gayle Jr combined to shoot 0-12 and the Buckeyes collapsed in Bloomington. Throw in a close win at home against Rutgers and OSU had a lackluster week.

7) Northwestern (+1)
L at #9 Illinois, W vs Michigan State
Who knows which Northwestern team will show up each night. This team can really get rolling in front of their students (when they show up) but it can also really flop.

8) Minnesota (+4)
W at Michigan, W vs Maryland

7 straight wins for the Golden Gophers! Most weren’t sure they would’ve won 7 games all season.

9) Michigan State (-4)
W vs Penn State, L at Northwestern
Insert Tom Izzo is fading talk. I’m not sure I will believe it until the Spartans miss the tournament.

10) Iowa (-)
L at #21 Wisconsin, W vs Rutgers
Iowa kept it moderately close at Wisconsin and beat a hapless Rutgers team at home. Maybe the men’s team is distracted by the brilliance of Caitlyn Clark?

11) Maryland (-2)
L vs #1 Purdue, L at Minnesota
Again, losing to Purdue is not a bad loss. Losing to Minnesota looked like a bad idea coming into this year though.

12) Penn State (+2)
L at Michigan State, W vs Michigan
Penn State is no longer in the cellar. They have played scrappy, but the talent simply isn’t there yet under Mike Rhoades.

13) Rutgers (-2)
L at Ohio State, L at Iowa
Rutgers is really struggling and begins a 5-game stretch in which they play IU, at MSU, NEB, at ILL, and PUR. They could realistically start Big Ten play 0-8.

14) Michigan (-1)
L vs Minnesota, L at Penn State
There is just something wrong with this team. Between Juwan Howard electing not to coach but sitting in the stands to losing to McNeese, Minnesota, and Penn State in a 10-day stretch, Michigan just looks bad.