BIG TEN POWER RANKINGS

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

1. Ohio State (22-6, 13-2)

2. Michigan State (25-3, 13-2): Miles Bridges struggled against the Gophers with only five points, but the Spartans still won by 30. Most talented team in the country.

3. Purdue (23-5, 12-3):

Losses to Ohio State and Michigan State were tough for the Boilermakers, but it now might be time to panic with a third consecutive loss, and this one at struggling Wisconsin.

4. Nebraska (20-8, 11-4): The Cornhuskers’ six consecutive victories give them the second-longest winning streak in the Big Ten behind Michigan State’s nine in a row.

5. Michigan (21-7, 10-5)

6. Penn State (19-9, 9-6):

The Nittany Lions got a big NCAA tournament résumé victory by blowing out Ohio State at home on Thursday.

7. Indiana (15-12, 8-7)

8. Maryland (17-11, 6-9)

9. Northwestern (15-12, 6-8)

10. Iowa (12-16, 3-12)

11. Wisconsin (12-16, 5-10)

12. Minnesota (14-14, 3-12): The Gophers’ eight-game losing streak might not end unless injured guards Amir Coffey (shoulder) and Dupree McBrayer (leg) return, which is still uncertain.

13. Illinois (12-15, 2-12)

14. Rutgers (13-15, 3-12)