Rutgers is still looking for its first Big Ten conference win. With the exception of a one-point loss to Purdue, most of their losses during this seven-game losing streak have not been close. They've struggled to score all season, but now their defense is leaky. They've lost to Northwestern and Purdue already. Rutgers plays Illinois tomorrow, who won their first conference game against Northwestern.
Speaking of those Illini, the jump shots finally fell against interstate rival Northwestern. Illinois played its most complete game of the season, dominating offensively and defensively in its 93-52 win. The Illini have some a winnable game against Rutgers before taking on Maryland, Michigan, and #18 Ohio State. Maybe back-to-back wins can get Shauna Green's squad on track.
Head coach Marisa Moseley and the young Badgers are experiencing the ups and downs of relying on inexperience to win games. After a gutsy win against Illinois, Wisconsin lost to Northwestern and Michigan. They have two tough games against #2 Iowa and Minnesota before they play Rutgers, which won't be a cake walk either.
Northwestern has some decent wins this season, but the losses have been bad. Their last three losses have been by a total of 111 points. Looking up and down their schedule, most of their losses have been non-competitive. If they can't find a way to compete, it's going to be a long season in Evanston.