BIG TEN POWER RANKINGS

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

 

1. Purdue (20-2, 9-0)

2. Ohio State (18-5, 9-1) How long could the No. 13 Buckeyes stay undefeated in league play? Not long, as Penn State upset Ohio State 82-79 on Thursday.

3. Michigan State (18-3, 6-2) Every time you watch Jaren Jackson Jr. drive and dunk on someone as a 6-11 freshman, you can’t help but say, “Did he just do that?”

4. Michigan (17-6, 6-4)

5. Maryland (15-7, 4-5) The Terrapins were already down two frontcourt players, so Bruno Fernando’s ankle sprain Monday in a loss at Indiana continues injury woes.

6. Nebraska (15-8, 6-4) Tim Miles has the easiest remaining Big Ten schedule with no matchups with the top four teams and mostly winnable games, which helps the NCAA tourney chances.

7. Indiana (12-9, 5-4)

8. Northwestern (13-9, 4-5)

9. Penn State (14-8, 4-5)

10. Minnesota (14-9, 3-7)

11. Rutgers (12-10, 2-7)

12. Wisconsin (10-11, 3-5) The Badgers already have one more loss than they did all of last season when they finished 27-10 and second in the Big Ten.

13. Iowa (11-11, 2-7)

14. Illinois (11-11, 1-8)