BIG TEN POWER POLL

 

Iowa (19-5, 10-2 Big Ten): There might be three teams at the top, but the Hawkeyes are the only ones who consistently look the part.

Maryland (22-3, 10-2): The Terrapins might as well have had a week off after obliterating D-II Bowie State.

Indiana (20-5, 10-2): Don’t look now but the Hoosiers’ remaining schedule is ranked 10th nationally in terms of toughness, according to ESPN Stats and info.

Purdue (20-5, 8-4): Seniors A.J. Hammons and Rapheal Davis combined for 43 points Tuesday in the Boilermakers’ first victory over Michigan State since 2011.

Wisconsin (15-9, 7-4): Six consecutive wins have followed a 9-9 start, but the Badgers are still only on the cusp of the NCAA tournament, according to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi.

Michigan State (20-5, 7-5): The Spartans lead the Big Ten in 10 major categories: scoring defense, field-goal percentage defense, three-point defense, three-point percentage, rebound margin, assists, assist to turnovers, offensive rebounding, defensive rebounding and scoring margin.

Michigan (18-7, 8-4): Senior star Caris LeVert finally is cleared to play — but he’s still not back on the court.

Ohio State (15-10, 7-5): The worst free-throw shooting team in the Big Ten needed a 19-for-23 (82.6 percent) effort Tuesday to top Northwestern.

Nebraska (13-12, 5-7): Shavon Shields’ absence won’t help Nebraska recover from a run of four losses in five games. Mercifully for the Huskers, the schedule gets easier.

– and the Nittany Lions made it in a win over Indiana.

Northwestern (16-9, 4-8): Outside of two wins over Minnesota by a total of 49 points, the Wildcats have just one league win this calendar year.

Illinois (11-13, 3-8): Kendrick Nunn has totaled 16 points in two games since suffering a hip contusion against Wisconsin.

Minnesota (6-18, 0-12): The Gophers are on their longest losing streak to start Big Ten play ever.

Rutgers (6-18, 0-11): Coach Eddie Jordan is 2-28 against Big Ten teams since the Scarlet Knights joined the league at the start of last year.