BIG TEN POWER RANKINGS

Marcus Fuller’s rankings, with five teams to watch:

 

1. Wisconsin (14-3, 3-1 Big Ten)

The Badgers made it look easy after bouncing back from a 66-55 loss at Purdue to demolish Ohio State by 23 at home Thursday.

2. Purdue (14-4, 3-2)

3. Maryland (15-2, 3-1)

4. Michigan State (12-6, 4-1)

The Spartans had Miles Bridges back healthy and playing well in their 18-point blowout of the Gophers in East Lansing.

5. Gophers (15-3, 3-2)

6. Northwestern (14-4, 3-2)

7. Indiana (11-6, 1-3)

The Hoosiers have arguably the Big Ten’s most talented team, so the pressure is on coach Tom Crean to figure out what’s wrong.

8. Illinois (12-5, 2-2)

9. Nebraska (9-7, 3-1)

10. Iowa (11-7, 3-2)

The Hawkeyes showed their young talent and toughness beating Purdue at home Thursday behind Peter Jok’s 29 points.

11. Michigan (11-6, 1-3)

12. Penn State (10-7, 2-2)

13. Ohio State (10-7, 0-4)

The Buckeyes are off to their worst Big Ten start under coach Thad Matta, dropping to 0-4 in the conference for the first time since 1997-98.

14. Rutgers (11-7, 0-5)