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Big Ten Power Rankings, Jan. 25: Northwestern falls out of the middle tier

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With Northwestern's season heading in the wrong direction, the Wildcats have slid in our Big Ten Power Rankings ahead of yet another week for the Wildcats. Chris Collins' team now has slid out of the middle tier of the Big Ten, struggling to gain its footing as it rumbles through a brutal stretch in its schedule. Meanwhile, Iowa and Indiana have continued to run through the conference without losses. Both teams have dominated opponents in impressive fashion.

With that, here are our Jan. 25 Big Ten Power Rankings:

Voter Key: Henry Bushnell | Josh Rosenblat | Zach Pereles | Josh Burton | Kevin Dukovic | Danny Rapaport | Martin Oppegaard | Lyndsey Armacost | Ian McCafferty | Sam Brief | Zach Wingrove | Tristan Jung | David Gernon

1

Iowa Hawkeyes


RECORD: 16-3 (7-0) ||  KenPom Rank: 2
The Hawkeyes have already swept two of the conference's top five teams, Purdue and Michigan State, and three of the four wins were by double digits.
HB JR ZP JB KD DR MO LA IM SB ZW TJ DG AVERAGE
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1.08

2

Maryland Terrapins


RECORD: 17-3 (6-2) ||  KenPom Rank: 14
Maryland vs. Iowa at the Xfinity Center on Thursday. Yum.
HB JR ZP JB KD DR MO LA IM SB ZW TJ DG AVERAGE
2 2 3 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 3 2 4 2.38

3

Michigan State Spartans

RECORD: 17-4 (4-4) ||  KenPom Rank: 13
Sparty shockingly fell at home to Nebraska, but snapped the three-game skid Saturday against Maryland.
HB JR ZP JB KD DR MO LA IM SB ZW TJ DG AVERAGE
3 3 4 4 3 4 3 3 4 3 2 3 3 3.23

4

Indiana Hoosiers

RECORD: 17-3 (7-0) ||  KenPom Rank: 20

The Hoosiers are on a 12-game win streak, and are one of two teams in our rankings to receive a first-place vote.

HB JR ZP JB KD DR MO LA IM SB ZW TJ DG AVERAGE
4 4 2 3 4 2 4 4 3 4 4 4 1 3.31

5

Purdue Boilermakers

RECORD: 17-4 (5-3)  ||  KenPom Rank: 9

Purdue is the conference's best rebounding team, pulling down 38.4 percent of its own misses in Big Ten play and over 80 percent of its opponents' misses.

HB JR ZP JB KD DR MO LA IM SB ZW TJ DG AVERAGE
5 5 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5.23

6

Michigan Wolverines

RECORD: 15-5 (5-2)  ||  KenPom Rank: 29
Winning at Nebraska is nothing to scoff at, and that's exactly what the Wolverines did to cap off a 2-0 week.
HB JR ZP JB KD DR MO LA IM SB ZW TJ DG AVERAGE
6 6 5 5 5 6 6 7 6 6 6 6 7 5.92

7

Ohio State Buckeyes

RECORD: 12-8 (4-3)  ||  KenPom Rank: 78
There's a huge gap between the top six and No. 7 here. The Buckeyes are here, but primarily due to a lack of other options.
HB JR ZP JB KD DR MO LA IM SB ZW TJ DG AVERAGE
8 7 7 9 7 7 7 6 7 7 7 9 6 7.23

8

Wisconsin Badgers

RECORD: 11-9 (3-4)  ||  KenPom Rank: 59
Could the Badgers hand Indiana its first Big Ten loss on Tuesday at Kohl Center?
HB JR ZP JB KD DR MO LA IM SB ZW TJ DG AVERAGE
7 8 8 7 8 8 9 9 8 8 8 7 9 8

9

Northwestern Wildcats

RECORD: 15-6 (3-5) ||  KenPom Rank: 80
Northwestern was solidly in this middle tier for the first few weeks of Big Ten play. Now, they appear to be sinking out of it.
HB JR ZP JB KD DR MO LA IM SB ZW TJ DG AVERAGE
9 10 9 8 9 9 8 8 9 9 9 8 8 8.69

10

Nebraska Cornhuskers

RECORD: 12-9 (4-4)  ||  KenPom Rank: 88
The Huskers scored arguably the biggest upset of Big Ten play so far, winning at the Breslin Center. But they couldn't make it a sweep over the Michigan schools on Saturday.
HB JR ZP JB KD DR MO LA IM SB ZW TJ DG AVERAGE
10 11 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 11 10 11 10.23

11

Penn State Nittany Lions

RECORD: 11-9 (2-5)  ||  KenPom Rank: 135
The Nittany Lions will be underdogs in their next six games, and could be staring a 2-11 Big Ten record in the face.
HB JR ZP JB KD DR MO LA IM SB ZW TJ DG AVERAGE
12 9 12 12 12 11 11 11 11 11 10 12 10 11.08

12

Illinois Fighting Illini

RECORD: 10-10 (2-5)  ||  RPI Rank: 118
The Illini needed overtime to beat Minnesota Saturday after giving up 1.45 points per possession (!!!) to Indiana on Tuesday.
HB JR ZP JB KD DR MO LA IM SB ZW TJ DG AVERAGE
11 12 11 11 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 12 11.62

12

Minnesota Golden Gophers

RECORD: 6-14 (0-8) ||  KenPom Rank: 200
Minnesota is the third-worst Power Five team, and if it weren't for Rutgers, would be a true Big Ten laughing stock.
HB JR ZP JB KD DR MO LA IM SB ZW TJ DG AVERAGE
13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13

14

Rutgers Scarlet Knights 

RECORD: 6-14 (0-7)  ||  KenPom Rank: 274
¯\_(ツ)_/¯
HB JR ZP JB KD DR MO LA IM SB ZW TJ DG AVERAGE
14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14