Indiana Basketball: Big Ten Power Rankings

Purdue dominates Indiana at Assembly Hall. Wisconsin trips up against Penn State in Happy Valley

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Dec 29, 2023; West Lafayette, Indiana, USA; Purdue Boilermakers head coach Matt Painter talks. / Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

No. 6-4

6. . . 483. . 3-3. . Iowa Hawkeyes. . 11-6

Iowa is one of the more entertaining teams to watch in the Big Ten, if you like offense. The Hawkeyes can score with anyone in the country, but they aren't going to defend. They've won six of seven games. However, their wins aren't exactly against a murder's row of opponents. Their only loss in those seven games, against Wisconsin. That says something.

482. . 5. . Hoosiers. . 12-6. . 4-3 (Big Ten).

Indiana has a pivotal game Friday night against #11 Wisconsin on the road in Madison. How will they respond after getting dominated by Zach Edey and the Boilermakers Tuesday night? That is the questions anytime young teams play as poorly as Indiana did against Purdue. Who steps up and takes the game over the Indiana? Mike Woodson is looking for someone to take the helm and lead this team.

4. Northwestern. . . 12-4. . . 3-2 (Big Ten). . 489

Guard Boo Buie was masterful Northwestern's 72-69 home win against the Maryland Terrapins. He is the glue that holds the Wildcats together. Fellow guard Brooks Barnhizer has started to play better. They'll need to improve their three point defense, and find a consistent complementary scorer next to Buie if they want to make noise in the conference and in March.