Purdue won two of its first three conference games. Not only have the Boilermakers lost its last two Big Ten games, both have been blowouts. Purdue lost to Iowa by 25 points and to Maryland by 22. Those aren't Purdue's only two blow out losses either. They were dominated by Notre Dame and UCLA to open the season. That seems to be what Purdue's season is going to be, up and down.
The Lady Lions have split their last four games. They defeated Northwestern and Rutgers while losing to Michigan State and #14 Indiana. Penn State needs to find a way to defeat some of the teams at the top of the conference if they want any chance to make the NCAA tournament. They do have three winnable games before hosting a tough Maryland team.
The Spartans have lost two of its last three games. They lost a heartbreaker to Iowa on a game-winner from the logo by Caitlin Clark and lost another close one to #18 Ohio State by five. Those losses sandwich a five-point win against Maryland. Their three conference losses are by a total of 18 points. If Michigan State learns how to win these close games, they could pull the upset against someone.
Maryland is one of the more formidable teams in the conference. They've split their last two games but are starting to play better basketball. After a four-point performance against Nebraska, leading scorer Shyanne Sellers has averaged over 16 points per game since. The Terps have a pivotal game against the #18 Buckeyes.