Big Ten power rankings

 

Michigan State (13-1, 0-1): Plenty of opportunities to brush off the Iowa loss with games vs. the Gophers, Illinois and Penn State next.

 

Purdue (13-1, 1-0): We will find out more about this team when two underrated foes, Iowa and Michigan, visit this week.

 

Iowa (10-3, 1-0): The Hawkeyes looked great in upsetting Michigan State. Suddenly, that exhibition loss to D-II Augustana seems far away.

 

Maryland (12-1, 1-0): Without freshman Diamond Stone’s massive game, the Terps might have lost at home to Penn State.

 

Michigan (11-3, 1-0): Outta-nowhere sophomore Mark Donnal led the team with 26 points and nine rebounds against Illinois.

 

Ohio State (9-5, 1-0): Youth was very apparent in an up-and-down performance vs. the Gophers, but a 20-3 run late got it done.

 

Northwestern (13-1, 1-0): Can they keep the momentum going in a home date with Maryland?

 

Indiana (11-3, 1-0): A seven-point victory over lowly Rutgers doesn’t mean much. The Hoosiers will have to do more.

 

Illinois (8-6, 0-1): Khalid Lewis joined the long list of the Illini’s sick and wounded, sitting out a 78-68 loss to Michigan with the mumps.

 

Penn State (9-5, 0-1): Penn State had an eight-point lead at the half before falling to the No. 4 team on the road (Maryland) by just six.

 

Wisconsin (8-6, 0-1): Interim coach Greg Gard’s first loss was going to come sometime. He got it out of the way vs. Purdue.

 

Nebraska (8-6, 0-1): The Huskers have been in a win, loss, win, loss holding pattern for over a month.

 

Gophers (6-7, 0-1): Jordan Murphy has emerged as the key player, but he has to stay out of foul trouble.

 

Rutgers (6-8, 0-1): With three road games in the next four, the start of 2016 is not welcoming for coach Eddie Jordan and Co.