Well the Big Ten is awful as it stands right now. That’s both good and bad for fans. Good news is, none of the teams have looked like anything close to world beaters. Bad news is, your favorite team probably sucks. In order to boost conference morale and not get laughed at, the Big Ten will need a very strong showing in the upcoming Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Enough lamenting, here are your power rankings.


(Indicates 1st place votes[Avg Rank]

1. Indiana (4) [1.2]

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Indiana dropped 103 points on then-No. 3 Kansas to open the season, then lost a stunner to IPFW. Despite the loss, the DSN crew has the Hoosiers as the class of the Big Ten, and we’ll feel vindicated in that ranking if Tom Crean and Co. are able top current No. 3 North Carolina at home on Wednesday.


2. Purdue [2.4]

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The Boilermakers lost a heart breaker to defending champion No. 3 Villanova, and have beaten everybody else by double digits. Purdue’s good. And thanks to former MSU-commit and my personal lifelong rival Caleb Swanigan who is averaging 19 points and 12 rebounds per game, they are only one of three Big Ten teams ranked in the Top 25.


3. Wisconsin [2.8]

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It’s embarrassing that the Badgers have looked like the third best team in the Big Ten so far. They beat up on Tennessee and Georgetown, but then suffered the same fate when squaring off against big brothers Creighton and North Carolina.


4. Maryland [4.2]

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Maryland is the like the Detroit Lions of college basketball. The Terrapins are 7-0 with 5 wins by six points or less. Melo Trimble is averaging a very impressive 21 points per game which I’m convinced is happening only because I predicted Maryland to underachieve. How long will they continue to defy me?


5. Michigan [5]

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Michigan stormed out the gates to a well-deserved top 25 ranking, then proceeded to show everyone they were just playing. Point guard Derrick Walton Jr. has been facilitating the offense very well, and is shooting basically 43% from the three point line. That’s lights out. Combine that with the stingy defense the Wolverines have displayed early in the season, and the valuable contributions they’re getting from freshmen, and you have a team that is definitely destined for March.


6. Michigan State [5.4]

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The Spartans are 0-3 against ranked teams and looked like the worse team in every contest. Tom Izzo apologized to his team for the schedule in a what was an unbelievably sucker move. This team has to travel to Duke on Tuesday night to face the National Championship-favorite Blue Devils. Good luck with that. Miles Bridges looks dominant though, even if he can’t hit free throws, so that should help come March.


7. Ohio State [7.2]

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Ohio State has gone with the reverse-Tom Izzo scheduling to tremendous results in the win column, but stagnation our power rankings. The Buckeyes are 6-0 but haven’t played anybody good. However, junior Jae’Sean Tate has been very impressive for the scarlet and gray, averaging 14 points and 7 rebounds. The Buckeyes next game is on the road against No. 6 Virginia. If they can win that, expect them to skyrocket in our rankings (as long as our maize and blue supporting writers aren’t still salty).


8. Iowa [8.6]

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Iowa has dropped some games they probably shouldn’t have but PETER JOK IS BALLING. The senior is averaging 25 points per game on 53% shooting, proving filling it up is always cooler than winning, word to Carmelo Anthony.


9. Illinois [9.6]

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The Illini are currently on a three game losing streak., and it doesn’t seem they have been punished for that much in our rankings….. yet.


10. Penn State [10]

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Penn State kept it respectable against Duke, and have beaten the teams they should. They look a little rough around the edges now, but will be the ultimate pests for the upper echelon teams in the conference.


11. Northwestern [10.2]

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Northwestern is still looking for that ever-elusive first NCAA Tournament, and they’re off to a good start with a nice over a solid Texas Longhorn squad.


12. Minnesota [11.4]

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My favorite part about early season basketball rankings is how the records still don’t matter. Minnesota is 6-1 and is still a basement dweller, as they should be. To the Gophers credit, they did beat a usually solid St. John’s team, so maybe there is hope for them to crack into the upper tier.


13. Nebraska [13.2]

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Nebraska started off 4-0, but then dropped two straight to actually solid teams. My prediction is it won’t be long until they are jumped by the Scarlet Knights.


14. Rutgers [13.8]

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Literally only Rutgers could be 6-0 and sit at the bottom of a power rankings list. I personally moved them up to 13, but the rest of the DSN staff wasn’t feeling quite as generous.

As always you can take a look at how we as individuals ranked the teams and just drop a friendly message to my cohorts that my rankings were spot on.

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