Big Ten basketball power rankings: It’s time, Ohio State’s No. 1

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1. Ohio State

I’ve had the Buckeyes in the three spot in these rankings for a while now, but what’s the point of holding back now? They have wins over Michigan State, Purdue and Michigan. Their only conference loss came on bonkers buzzer-beater to Penn State. Keita Bates-Diop is really good. It’s beyond time to recognize how good Ohio State’s been this season.

2. Michigan State

Michigan State is still flawed, but the Spartans picked up a much-needed win over Purdue on Saturday.

3. Purdue

Lost to Michigan State and Ohio State this week, so that drops the Boilermakers down from the top spot. Purdue’s four losses this season have come by a combined 11 points, but this team still failed its big – and only — test during conference play. That’ll cost them there, but the early look at NCAA Tournament seedings shows the committee might not care.

4. Michigan

Michigan has dropped from the pack a little. The Wolverines are still comfortably a tournament team, but the top three of Ohio State, Michigan State and Purdue all seem to have a little more going for them.

5. Nebraska

ESPN’s BPI likes Nebraska maybe more than the rest of us.

Maryland should be a good test for Nebraska on Tuesday, though it’s one they should (and need to) pass.

6. Penn State

Some people might still be making a case for Penn State as a tournament team. I’m not really buying that, but the Nittany Lions are still worth keeping an eye on. Penn State-Ohio State on Thursday, a rematch of Tony Carr’s buzzer-beater, is worth your time.

7. Maryland

The NIT-bound Terrapins lost to Penn State last week before crushing an abysmal Northwestern team. Nothing exciting to report here.

8. Indiana

The Hoosiers stopped their four-game losing stream with back-to-back wins over Rutgers and Minnesota, which was nice.

9. Wisconsin

The good: Wisconsin stopped a five-game losing stream by beating Illinois, and made an attempt at a comeback after going down 25 against Michigan. The bad: Wisconsin still lost to Michigan by 11, and have lost nine of their last 11 games.

10. Northwestern

Northwestern somehow beat Michigan in what’s easily the Wildcats’ best victory this season. Then lost to Maryland by 17.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

11. Minnesota

The Gophers just keep sinking lower. Now they’ve lost seven in a row. I don’t want to write any more words about them, so I won’t.

12. Iowa

Well, we’re in the bottom three now. I’ll give Iowa this spot because the Hawkeyes only lost to Michigan State by 3 points.

13. Illinois

Lost to Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State. It’s been a rough season for the Illini, and it’s almost over.

14. Rutgers

The Scarlet Knights are the second team in the Big Ten with a seven-game losing streak. Not great!

Game to watch this week

Ohio State at Michigan, 1 p.m., CBS. Ohio State came back from a 20-point deficit last time these teams played. This time, the Buckeyes aren’t flying under the radar and Michigan could use another win.

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