Big Ten Power Rankings: Can the Hoosiers make a run in the stretch run of the season?

Indiana showed grit, toughness, and resilience in their comeback win against Ohio State. Is that enough to propel the Hoosiers to significant wins down the stretch?
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12. Rutgers Scarlet Knights 12-10 (4-7)

If Rutgers could score, they'd be one of the most dangerous teams in the Big Ten. The Scarlet Knights are physical and get after it defensively. It's hard not to love how hard Rutgers plays. They defend, and they rebound. Unfortunately, they are one of the worst shooting teams in college basketball.

11. Maryland Terrapins 13-10 (5-7)

This was not the season Maryland anticipated. The Terrapins have struggled to find any semblance of consistency, even with one of the best scorers in the conference, Jahmir Young. The Terrapins suffer from the same issues Rutgers does. They don't shoot the ball well. When they get cold, they get really cold, like shooting 31.5% from the field against those same Scarlet Knights.

10. Penn State Nittany Lions 12-11 (6-6)

The Nittany Lions might be a surprise team in the Big Ten tournament. Their road win against Indiana was their first of the year. They did it without leading scorer Kanye Clarey. Ace Baldwin, Jr. came up big against the Hoosiers. With Clarey slated to return soon and Baldwin playing at a high level, Penn State could be a team no one wants to play in the Big Ten tournament.

9. Iowa Hawkeyes 13-10 (5-7)

One issue with a team that has to outscore its opponents to win is struggling to score. Iowa has been inconsistent over its last few games. That inconsistency led to losses against Maryland and Indiana. When you can't score and don't defend, that is a recipe for struggles. That's why they've lost three of five.