Big Ten Power rankings

 

Iowa (12-3; 3-0): No one has started Big Ten play with a more impressive collection of wins after the Hawkeyes beat Michigan State, Purdue and Nebraska.

 

Maryland (14-1; 3-0): Melo Trimble was limited to 14 minutes against Rutgers, but the Terrapins still rolled by 25.

 

Purdue (14-2; 1-2): The Boilermakers showed their scoring potential in an 87-70 win vs. Michigan on Thursday.

 

Michigan State (15-1; 2-1): The good news for the Spartans is Denzel Valentine is likely to return Sunday.

 

Michigan (12-4; 2-1): Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman has been big stepping in for Caris LeVert, but the Wolverines need their star back.

 

Indiana (13-3; 3-0): Scoring will be harder now that dynamic James Blackmon Jr. is out the rest of the season after knee surgery.

 

Ohio State (11-5; 3-0): The young Buckeyes still have their flaws, but it’s hard to argue with an undefeated start.

 

Northwestern (13-3; 1-2): The Wildcats are losers of two straight, but freshman Dererk Pardon has done well replacing injured center Alex Olah.

 

Wisconsin (9-7; 1-2): Five of the Badgers’ seven losses have come by one or two possessions.

 

Penn State (10-6; 1-2): The Nittany Lions bested Minnesota 34-15 in the paint on Tuesday.

 

Nebraska (8-8; 0-3): Foul trouble has been a struggle for the Huskers, who had four players finish with four fouls and one who fouled out Tuesday.

 

Illinois (8-8; 0-3): The Illini, already down three starters, didn’t have guard Kendrick Nunn on Thursday because of the birth of his first child.

 

Minnesota (6-9; 0-3): An eight-point lead didn’t last against Penn State, and the Gophers’ string of league losses did.

 

Rutgers (6-10; 0-3): With the loss of Jonathan Laurent (concussion), the Scarlet Knights had no chance at Maryland.