Indiana Basketball: Big Ten Power Rankings Heading into Conference Play

Where do the Hoosiers stack up in the Big Ten going into Conference Play

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No. 10 Rutgers: 8-4, 0-1

Rutgers is an intriguing team in the conference. While they are one of the better defensive teams in the conference, they are at the bottom in two-point and three-point field goal percentage. They are the opposite of Iowa. Scarlet Knights' big man, Cliff Omoruyi, needs help. The Scarlet Knights can't hold everyone to 45 points. Even if they could, can they score 50?

No. 9 Maryland: 9-4, 1-1

Are the Terrapins one of the early disappointments in the Big Ten? Maybe. Early losses to UAB and Davidson could hurt them in March. However, they did have a huge road win against UCLA. Jahmir Young is one of the best scorers in the Big Ten, and they could be coming together at the right time.

No. 8 Michigan State 8-5, 0-2

The Spartans are reeling, heading into the thick of Big Ten play. They already have two conference losses, and they don't look together. After an early loss to James Madison, they had a massive win against Baylor. Tyson Walker is among the best scorers in the Big Ten, and the Spartans can get hot fast. Michigan State hosts Penn State to open conference play.

No. 7 Nebraska: 11-2, 1-1

Have Fred Hoiberg and the Cornhuskers basketball program in year five? If so, patience has paid off for the Nebraska administration. The program has improved every year under Hoiberg, and they are six wins from winning more games than last year. They host Indiana, which should tell us a lot about their progress.