Big Ten basketball power rankings: Week of March 3
March 3, 2015
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. MARYLAND (Last week: 3)
The No. 14 Terrapins are led by freshman phenom Melo Trimble, who has averaged 16.2 points per game on the season, while leading Maryland to five straight wins.
2. WISCONSIN (1)
The No. 5 Badgers dropped their first game to a Big Ten opponent since Jan. 11 against then-No. 14 Maryland before beating Michigan State.
3. MICHIGAN STATE (2)
After knocking off the Illini on Feb. 22, the Spartans have hit a cold streak and dropped their last two games to Minnesota and Wisconsin.
4. IOWA (5)
Iowa is in the midst of a four-game winning streak that has put the team in a tie for fourth place in the Big Ten.
5. OHIO STATE (6)
After dropping two straight the previous week, the Buckeyes righted the ship with back-to-back wins over Nebraska and Purdue.
6. PURDUE (4)
The Boilermakers’ frontcourt size has translated to a conference-leading 5.4 blocks per game but the Boilermakers blew a 12-point lead on the road at Ohio State on Sunday.
7. ILLINOIS (8)
After dropping a midweek matchup with Iowa, the Illini returned home and demolished Northwestern in a must-win game Saturday.
8. INDIANA (7)
Indiana lost its only game last week to a red-hot Northwestern squad. The Hoosiers remain inconsistent and are 4-6 in their last 10.
9. MINNESOTA (10)
Sitting at 6-10 in conference play, the Golden Gophers have been inconsistent all season, but the team showcased its talent in a 96-90 overtime win against Michigan State.
10. NORTHWESTERN (11)
The Wildcats beat Indiana before having a four-game winning streak snapped in Champaign on Saturday.
11. MICHIGAN (9)
Michigan is last in the conference in rebounding differential and it has showed as of late as the Wolverines dropped their only game of the week to then-No. 14 Maryland.
12. NEBRASKA (12)
The Cornhuskers’ play has been erratic throughout the year and the team is currently 13th in the Big Ten in scoring margin on the season.
13. PENN STATE (13)
D.J. Newbill still leads the Big Ten in scoring, at 20.4 points per game, but the Nittany Lions have struggled lately and lost their last five as a result.
14. RUTGERS (14)
The Scarlet Knights continued their losing ways on the week and their current conference losing streak stands at 12 games.