Welcome to Big Ten Power Rankings Headquarters at Indiana. Headquarters is on the corner of Memorial Stadium, Assembly Hall, and the future site of the Curt Cignetti Memorial Statue. Well, Assembly Hall was no safe haven for the Hoosiers as they had their doors blown off by arch-rival Purdue 87-66. Zach Edey dominated the paint, scoring 33 points and grabbing 18 rebounds.
What else happened in the Big Ten? Here are this week's power rankings:
Rutgers found its first conference win against Indiana earlier last week. The Scarlet Knights defeated Nebraska at home in overtime. Their style has a shallow margin for error. However, they are a tough bunch to score on. The trouble they might run into is the ability to score the basketball. They are balanced but don't have a go-to player in tight games.
Much of what has happened to Michigan has been self-inflicted wounds. However, they were without leading scorer Dug McDaniel in their 64-57 loss to Maryland last night. McDaniel played well in their 73-65 win against rival Ohio State in Ann Arbor. The win ended a five-game losing streak. Could that win be the catalyst to get the Wolverines going?
The Nittany Lions are .500 after an upset of #11 Wisconsin in Happy Valley. Last night's win is the biggest under head coach Mike Rhoades. Kanye Clary scored 27, and Ace Bennett, Jr. added 20 in the win against the Badgers. With games against Ohio State, Rutgers, and Minnesota, the Nittany Lions have an opportunity to move up in the conference.
What is going on in East Lansing? The Spartans were picked to finish near the top of the conference in the preseason, but they are hopping just to pull to .500 at this point. While the schedule has been challenging, the Spartans must win some games. After losing two in a row, the Spartans did pick up a win against Rutgers. Michigan State hosts Minnesota on the 18th in a must-win early in the season.