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Big Ten basketball Power Rankings, Jan. 25

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Northwestern moves into the top four.

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Big Ten basketball rolls on, and while parity dominates the nation as a whole, we’re starting to see some order in the conference, with several teams on significant winning streaks or losing streaks. Here’s how we see the conference from top to bottom.

1

Wisconsin Badgers

RECORD: 17-3 (6-1)
NEXT: at Rutgers
AVERAGE RANK: 1.33
The Badgers have won four straight since losing to Purdue. Ethan Happ has been fantastic.
Zach Pereles 2 Will Ragatz 1
Martin Oppegaard 1 Rob Schaefer 1
Josh Burton 1 Sam Brief 2
Isaac Bushnell 1 Tristan Jung 2
Caleb Friedman 1

2

Purdue Boilermakers

RECORD: 17-4 (6-2)
NEXT: at Nebraska
AVERAGE RANK: 1.67
The Boilermakers went into East Lansing and beat Sparty by double digits. Caleb Swanigan had 25 and 17. Beast.
Zach Pereles 1 Will Ragatz 2
Martin Oppegaard 2 Rob Schaefer 2
Josh Burton 2 Sam Brief 1
Isaac Bushnell 2 Tristan Jung 1
Caleb Friedman 2

3

Maryland Terrapins

RECORD: 18-2 (6-1)
NEXT: at Minnesota
AVERAGE RANK: 3.00
The Terrapins' 18-2 start is the best since 1998-99.
Zach Pereles 3 Will Ragatz 3
Martin Oppegaard 3 Rob Schaefer 3
Josh Burton 3 Sam Brief 3
Isaac Bushnell 3 Tristan Jung 3
Caleb Friedman 3

4

Northwestern Wildcats

RECORD: 16-4 (5-2)
NEXT: vs. Nebraska
AVERAGE RANK: 4.67
The Wildcats face a gigantic weekend battle with Indiana, but not before a matchup with Nebraska.
Zach Pereles 5 Will Ragatz 5
Martin Oppegaard 4 Rob Schaefer 5
Josh Burton 4 Sam Brief 5
Isaac Bushnell 5 Tristan Jung 4
Caleb Friedman 5

5

Michigan State Spartans

RECORD: 12-9 (4-4)
NEXT: vs. Michigan
AVERAGE RANK: 4.89
The Spartans have lost three straight. Maybe they haven't quite figured it out yet.
Zach Pereles 4 Will Ragatz 4
Martin Oppegaard 6 Rob Schaefer 6
Josh Burton 5 Sam Brief 4
Isaac Bushnell 6 Tristan Jung 5
Caleb Friedman 4

6

Indiana Hoosiers

RECORD: 14-6 (4-3)
NEXT: at Michigan
AVERAGE RANK: 5.33
Indiana is rising, even after losing OG Anunoby for the season. The Hoosiers have won three straight.
Zach Pereles 6 Will Ragatz 5
Martin Oppegaard 5 Rob Schaefer 4
Josh Burton 6 Sam Brief 6
Isaac Bushnell 4 Tristan Jung 6
Caleb Friedman 6

7

Minnesota Golden Gophers

RECORD: 15-5 (3-4)
NEXT: at Ohio State
AVERAGE RANK: 7.00
The Gophers have lost three straight; the last two have been by a combined four points.
Zach Pereles 7 Will Ragatz 7
Martin Oppegaard 7 Rob Schaefer 7
Josh Burton 7 Sam Brief 7
Isaac Bushnell 7 Tristan Jung 7
Caleb Friedman 7

8

Michigan Wolverines

RECORD: 13-7 (3-4)
NEXT: vs. Indiana
AVERAGE RANK: 9.00
Michigan salvaged a rough start with a win over Illinois. The defense has improved drastically.
Zach Pereles 11 Will Ragatz 9
Martin Oppegaard 8 Rob Schaefer 9
Josh Burton 11 Sam Brief 9
Isaac Bushnell 8 Tristan Jung 8
Caleb Friedman 8

9

Ohio State Buckeyes

RECORD: 12-8 (2-5)
NEXT: vs. Minnesota
AVERAGE RANK: 9.67
Kam Williams delivered a rallying speech to his teammates following the Northwestern loss. We'll see if it works: The Buckeyes face Minnesota next.
Zach Pereles 11 Will Ragatz 11
Martin Oppegaard 9 Rob Schaefer 8
Josh Burton 8 Sam Brief 11
Isaac Bushnell 10 Tristan Jung 9
Caleb Friedman 10

10

Iowa Hawkeyes

RECORD: 11-9 (3-4)
NEXT: at Illinois
AVERAGE RANK: 10.00
The young Hawkeyes battled to the very end against Maryland in Iowa City, but they continue to struggle on the road.
Zach Pereles 10 Will Ragatz 13
Martin Oppegaard 11 Rob Schaefer 11
Josh Burton 9 Sam Brief 8
Isaac Bushnell 9 Tristan Jung 10
Caleb Friedman 9

11

Penn State Nittany Lions

RECORD: 11-10 (3-5)
NEXT: vs. Illinois
AVERAGE RANK: 10.44
Penn State, much like Iowa, is very young. The promise is definitely there, though.
Zach Pereles 8 Will Ragatz 10
Martin Oppegaard 10 Rob Schaefer 10
Josh Burton 10 Sam Brief 10
Isaac Bushnell 11 Tristan Jung 12
Caleb Friedman 13

12

Illinois Fighting Illini

RECORD: 12-8 (2-5)
NEXT: vs. Iowa
AVERAGE RANK: 11.78
For a team with so much supposed talent, Illinois is far from what it should be.
Zach Pereles 12 Will Ragatz 8
Martin Oppegaard 13 Rob Schaefer 13
Josh Burton 13 Sam Brief 13
Isaac Bushnell 12 Tristan Jung 11
Caleb Friedman 11

13

Nebraska Cornhuskers

RECORD: 9-10 (3-4)
NEXT: at Northwestern
AVERAGE RANK: 12.33/span>
The Huskers' last two losses have been by a combined three points. They really miss Ed Morrow Jr.
Zach Pereles 13 Will Ragatz 12
Martin Oppegaard 12 Rob Schaefer 12
Josh Burton 12 Sam Brief 12
Isaac Bushnell 13 Tristan Jung 13
Caleb Friedman 12

14

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

RECORD: 12-9 (1-7)
NEXT: vs. Wisconsin
AVERAGE RANK: 14.0
Rutgers won a Big Ten basketball game!
Zach Pereles 14 Will Ragatz 14
Martin Oppegaard 14 Rob Schaefer 14
Josh Burton 14 Sam Brief 14
Isaac Bushnell 14 Tristan Jung 14
Caleb Friedman 14