Big Ten basketball power rankings: Week of Feb. 17

By Daily Illini Staff Report

Editor’s note: Every week, The Daily Illini basketball staff ranks the basketball teams in the Big Ten 1-14 and compiles the lists into its own Big Ten power rankings.

1. WISCONSIN (LAST WEEK: 1)

No. 5-ranked Wisconsin is in the midst of an eight-game winning streak and handily beat Illinois, 68-49, in its last game.

2. MARYLAND (3)

The No. 16 Terrapins only beat Penn State by three points in their second meeting of the season and have struggled to grab a defining Big Ten win.

3. MICHIGAN STATE (7)

The Spartans are winners of four of their last five and are leading the Big Ten in opponent field goal percentage.

4. OHIO STATE (2)

Ohio State split its games last week, convincingly beating Penn State and losing a close game to Michigan State.

5. INDIANA (5)

While Indiana leads the conference in scoring, the Hoosiers have been inconsistent of late, splitting games with Minnesota and Maryland last week.

6. PURDUE (9)

The Boilermakers are on a two-game winning streak after knocking off Rutgers and Nebraska in the past week.

7. ILLINOIS (6)

The Illini found momentum late against Michigan on the way to a 64-52 overtime win at home before being dismantled 68-49 by Wisconsin on the road Sunday.

8. IOWA (4)

The Hawkeyes are on a two-game losing streak and only scored 59 points against Minnesota before becoming only the second Big Ten team to lose to Northwestern this season.

9. MINNESOTA (8)

Although they continue to lead the league in turnover margin, the Gophers were inconsistent this week, beating Iowa by five points before losing by 19 to the Hoosiers.

10. MICHIGAN (10)

Despite having a seven-point lead with three minutes left against Illinois on Thursday, Michigan allowed the Illini to go on a 21-2 run and finished with its fourth-straight loss.

11. PENN STATE (12)

Penn State lost handily to Ohio State early in the week but rebounded to almost knock off Maryland on Saturday.

12. NEBRASKA (11)

The Cornhuskers are losers of three straight and have been outscored by 10 or more points in each of their last three games.

13. NORTHWESTERN (14)

The Wildcats beat Iowa over the weekend for Northwestern’s second conference win, but the team is still 12th in the Big Ten in scoring.

14. RUTGERS (13)

The Scarlet Knights are in the midst of a nine-game losing streak and have lost their last two games by 19 and 10 points, respectively.