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Big Ten Power Rankings – February 5


1. Indiana (20-2, 8-1 Big Ten) – After losing to the Hoosiers on Saturday, John Beilein said Indiana was one of best teams he's ever faced. It’s hard to disagree with that statement.

2. Michigan (20-2, 7-2) – Nothing wrong losing at Assembly Hall. Have to win against Ohio State on Tuesday to avoid falling two games behind the Hoosiers.

3. Michigan State (18-4, 7-2) – If Gary Harris and Travis Trice don’t play against Minnesota on Wednesday, Tom Izzo has suggested he might use Keith Appling all 40 minutes. If Appling repeats Saturday’s performance against Illinois, Sparty will be 8-2.

4. Ohio State (17-4, 7-2) – The Buckeyes could easily be in the No. 2 spot. The Wolverines will be looking for payback on Tuesday night. OSU will need to slow the pace of the game down similar to the way they did against Michigan when they beat the Wolverines in Columbus.

5. Wisconsin (15-7, 6-3) – The Badgers didn’t attempt a single free throw in their 56-49 loss to OSU, becoming just the 30th team since the start of the 1996-97 season to attempt ZERO free throws in a game against a D-I opponent.

6. Minnesota (17-5, 5-4) - After a four-game losing streak, the Gophers managed to regroup with back-to-back wins over Nebraska and Iowa. Minnesota is 10th in the RPI, third in the Big Ten behind only Michigan and Indiana.

7. Northwestern (13-10, 4-6) – Reggie Hearn is averaging 18 points per game in the Wildcats four Big Ten wins, and 10 points per game in Big Ten loses.

8.  Purdue (11-11, 4-5) – The Boilermakers lead the Big Ten in rebounding, but rank 11th in field goal and free throw shooting.  

9. Iowa (14-8, 3-6) – When Iowa scores 70 or more they are 3-0 in Big Ten  play, 0-6 when they don’t

10. Illinois (15-8, 2-7) – Six losses in seven games after starting the season 12-0. With Indiana and Minnesota next on the schedule, the Illini’s free fall will last another week,

11. Nebraska (11-12, 2-8) – Cornhuskers come in at No. 11 for the third time. They are also 11th in rebounding, assists, steals and blocks.

12. Penn State (8-13, 0-9) – The Nittany Lions went 1-15 in conference play in 2005. They will be lucky to get a win this year.