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Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings 1.0: No big surprises just yet

Michigan State leads the pack as the pecking order in non-conference play sorts itself out.

Creighton v Michigan Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

The 2019-20 college basketball season is in full swing as we head into our third week of game action. Now that everyone has at least played a handful of contests, we figured it would be time to release the first set of power rankings, including where the Michigan Wolverines are at.

Here’s the first batch of the year:

1. Michigan State (3-1)

The Spartans lost the first game of the season over Kentucky, but are still the class of the conference. The tragic loss of Cassius Winston’s brother adds another layer to a team that appears to be on a mission this year.

2. Ohio State (4-0)

The Buckeyes were a team ahead of the season named as a potential dark horse to give the Spartans a run for their money and so far, they look the part with wins over Cincinnati and Villanova.

3. Maryland (3-0)

Maryland is another one of those teams at the top of the conference’s second tier. They have not played anyone of high quality just yet, but have made quick and thorough work of the teams they have seen so far.

4. Michigan (3-0)

Things were very dicey for Michigan to start the season after nearly blowing a 30-point lead in the season opener, but they have followed that up with a quality win at home over Creighton and a solid win over Elon. They head to the Bahamas next week for the Battle 4 Atlantis and we’re going to know a ton more about who they are and where they stand after that trip.

5. Wisconsin (3-1)

The Badgers dropped a game to St. Mary’s on opening night by two points, but have not lost since then and are coming off of a big win over Marquette.

6. Purdue (2-2)

Purdue is one of only three teams in the conference with multiple losses this early in the season, but they came at the hands of Texas and Marquette. They remain in the top half of the power rankings due to trust in Matt Painter, but with non-con games against VCU and Virginia coming, their spot is fluid, as well.

7. Indiana (4-0)

The Hoosiers are the conference’s only 4-0 team, but their non-conference schedule has been Charmin soft to this point. They will not be tested all that much until Dec. 3 when they play Florida State.

8. Illinois (3-1)

Illinois has had a decent amount of hype coming into the year, but were blown out at Arizona in the only real test they have had so far this year. We will have a better idea of who they are in early December when they play Miami (FL), at Maryland and against Michigan.

9. Penn State (3-0)

Penn State has done a solid job early on in the year with a resume so far that includes a win over Georgetown.

10. Iowa (2-1)

This Iowa team might be fun offensively, but they cannot defend worth a lick. They gave up 93 points in a loss to DePaul.

11. Rutgers (3-1)

I want to like this Rutgers team and think there’s a chance they can push for an NIT berth this year. A loss to St. Bonaventure, a team that the time that was 0-3, isn’t making it easy.

12. Northwestern (1-1)

A loss to Merrimack followed by a win over Providence makes NW’s early-season outlook inconsistent, to say the least.

12. Minnesota (1-3)

The Gophers have dropped three in a row to Oklahoma, Butler and Utah. This is a rebuilding year for them and they are taking their lumps early on.

14. Nebraska (1-2)

Nebraska lost its first two games to UC-Riverside and Southern Utah. Fred Hoiberg’s going to have a rough go of it this year.