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Big Ten Basketball: Illinois, Purdue, and Indiana on top of latest power rankings

Over a month into the season, which Big Ten Basketball teams have played the best as league play nears?

Illinois v Iowa
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12. Iowa Hawkeyes - 6-5 (0-2)

Without a Murray brother to lead the offense, it was interesting to see how the Hawkeyes would look offensively. The good news for the team is that the player who stepped up was Ben Krikke, a transfer from Valpo who leads the team with 16.7 ppg and 4.9 rpg on 58% shooting.

The bad news is that there hasn't been too much else going well. Payton Sandfort and Tony Perkins are double-digit scorers now as starters, while freshman forward Owen Freeman (9.8 ppg and 4.7 rpg) looks to be a promising key piece for the future.

This is a team that's good, but not great, offensively. And when the defense is downright bad, such as giving up 87+ points in four of 11 games (all losses), you're going to lose plenty of games. To this point, Iowa only had a win over Seton Hall to speak of, while also having a pair of blowout defeats to both Purdue and Iowa State.

The Hawkeyes have two games against mid-major opponents to round out the non-con play. One is UMBC and the other is Northern Illinois, a team that has a win over a power conference opponent (DePaul) so far this season.