Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings: Week of Jan. 27

By Daily Illini Staff Report

1. Wisconsin

Riding high off an overtime win at Michigan, the No. 5 Badgers continue to top the Big Ten.

2. Ohio State

The Buckeyes are third in the country with a 50.9 percent field goal percentage and have a big test heading into a matchup with No. 16 Maryland on Thursday.

3. Maryland

The Terrapins have struggled lately, losing to No. 23 Indiana and squeezing past Northwestern by one point.

4. Indiana 

The No. 23 Hoosiers have a conference-best 81.4 points per game.

5. Michigan State 

The Spartans have been fueled their offense with a Big Ten best 38.9 rebounds per game.

6. Michigan

Since losing four straight, the Wolverines have won six of their last nine and recently took No. 5 Wisconsin into overtime.

7. Nebraska

The Cornhuskers have won four of their last five heading into a matchup with Michigan on Tuesday night.

8. Iowa

Iowa’s defense has kept its season alive, leading the conference in blocked shots and third in steals.

9. Purdue

The Boilermakers have surprised in conference play, going 4-3 with one win coming in overtime against Penn State.

10. Minnesota

A disappointing 13-8 Gophers season got a boost Saturday with a 79-71 win over Illinois.

11. Illinois

Injuries have plagued Illini basketball season, putting them at 13-8 with a 3-5 conference record so far.

12. Rutgers

The Scarlet Knights have lost four in a row and six of their last eight heading into a matchup with Michigan State on Tuesday night.

13. Penn State

The Nittany Lions lost six straight games before ending the run with a 79-51 win over Rutgers.

14. Northwestern

Struggling at the bottom of the Big Ten, Northwestern has lost six in a row and posts a 10-10 overall record.