BIG TEN POWER POLL

 

Iowa (18-4, 9-1 Big Ten): Jarrod Uthoff is getting a big percentage of the attention, but senior center Adam Woodbury has averaged 11.3 rebounds in the past three games.

Maryland (20-3, 9-2): The Terrapins crushed a stretch of three games in one week, winning all three: No. 5 Iowa at home, and two road games.

Indiana (19-4, 9-1): The Hoosiers defense is real. In league play, only one opponent — Wisconsin, in their only loss — has managed to score more than 0.97 points per possession.

Wisconsin (14-9, 6-4): Suddenly the Badgers are as hot as any team in the league, ripping off a five-game winning streak to reach the NCAA tournament bubble.

Purdue (19-4, 7-3): Beating Maryland on Saturday would do a lot for the Boilermakers, who are still waiting for a signature victory.

Michigan State (19-4, 6-4): It’s safe to say Denzel Valentine is healthy again, and the Spartans are rolling, after they topped Northwestern and Rutgers by a total of 65 points.

Michigan (17-6, 6-3): The Wolverines are staying afloat, but they sure could use star guard Caris LeVert to return after a nine-game layoff.

Ohio State (14-10, 6-5): JaQuan Lyle broke out of his slump, but it wasn’t enough to stop Wisconsin on Thursday.

Nebraska (12-11, 4-6): If the Cornhuskers can get the little things together, they could start winning again. They have the offense for it, converting 46.8 percent of their shots in league play, second best.

Northwestern (16-8, 4-7): Chris Collins’ bunch have trumped the Gophers by a stunning 49 points this season after Thursday’s 82-58 rout.

Penn State (11-12, 2-8): The Nittany Lions rank last in the league in three-point percentage but eighth in attempts, a juxtaposition clear in their 1-for-20 performance at Iowa.

Illinois (11-12, 3-7): It wasn’t pretty, but the Illini sank 12 free throws in triple OT and kept Rutgers winless.

Gophers (6-17, 0-11): The Gophers have lost three conference games by 24 points or more and started the conference slate with 11 losses for the first time since 1922-23.

Rutgers (6-17, 0-10): The Scarlett Knights’ losing streak continues, but they did manage to hit the 100-point mark for the first time since 1988.