Big Ten basketball power rankings: Jan. 28 edition

By Daily Illini Staff Report

Editor’s note: Every week, The Daily Illini basketball staff ranks the basketball teams in the Big Ten 1-12 and compiles the lists into its own Big Ten power rankings.

1. Michigan 

The Wolverines take over the top spot in the rankings after their win at Michigan State on Saturday. Despite not meeting nonconference expectations, Michigan is the only undefeated team in Big Ten play, thanks largely to the play of sophomore Nik Stauskas, who is averaging 19.0 point per game in conference play. 

2. Michigan State

3. Iowa

4. Wisconsin

5. Ohio State 

After starting the season 15-0, the Buckeyes lost four straight games before getting back on track Thursday with a win over Illinois. Still, Ohio State didn’t look particularly impressive in the win and needs more offensive firepower to compete in the conference.

6. Minnesota

7. Indiana

8. Purdue

9. Northwestern 

A team that many predicted could go winless in Big Ten play has already picked up three conference wins, but Saturday’s (non-)showing against Iowa shows there is still a large gap between Northwestern and conference elite. 

10. Illinois

11. Nebraska

12. Penn State

The Nittany Lions were poised to move up after they picked up their first conference win Thursday against Nebraska, but the Cornhuskers collected their second Big Ten win against Minnesota on Sunday, leaving Pat Chambers crew at the bottom of the conference.