Big Ten Power Poll
Wisconsin (15-1, 3-0): The only remaining undefeated team in conference play, as expected.
Maryland (14-2, 2-1): The Terrapins got their first taste of “road games in the Big Ten are tough” at Illinois.
Purdue (10-6, 2-1): After opening 2-0 at home, the Boilermakers scared Wisconsin in Madison on Wednesday.
Michigan State (11-5, 2-1): If senior guard Travis Trice is indeed out of his slump, the Spartans will gain steam.
Iowa (11-5, 2-1): If the Hawkeyes can learn how to play second-half ball, watch out.
Ohio State (13-3, 2-1): The Buckeyes aren’t without their flaws, but they boast an offense packed with scorers.
Illinois (11-5, 1-2): A home upset vs. Maryland was huge, but how long will they be without injured top scorer Rayvonte Rice?
Indiana (11-4, 1-1): Had big victories in nonconference play but looked nowhere close at Michigan State.
Michigan (9-6, 2-1): Things could be a lot worse, but the Wolverines are still waiting for that first quality victory.
Minnesota (11-5, 0-3): The Gophers haven’t started 0-3 since 2011-12, my first season on the college basketball beat.
Nebraska (9-6, 1-2): The Cornhuskers are running out of time to prove they are elite.
Northwestern (10-5, 1-1): We won’t really know who the Wildcats are until they head to Michigan State on Sunday.
Rutgers (9-7, 1-2): Eddie Jordan should probably savor the Penn State victory. There might not be any more coming.
Penn State (12-4,0-3): The Nittany Lions went 12-1 in nonconference play. Is there growth yet to come?