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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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10. Rutgers Scarlet Knights - 7-3 (0-1)

Michigan State wasn't the only Big Ten Basketball team to lose at home on the opening night of the season, as Rutgers lost to Princeton in a local battle. The good news is that the Tigers have been highly impressive, making that anything but a bad loss.

The Knights won five straight afterward and do now have wins over both Seton Hall and Georgetown, though those teams project to finish in the bottom half of the Big East. Losses to Illinois and Wake Forest don't hurt but it's how they've played that's been a bit concerning.

The offense ranks near the bottom of the Big Ten in most categories, with no guards averaging in double figures. Forwards Clifford Omoruyi and Aundre Hyatt are averaging over 11.0 ppg each but as a team, they're in the bottom 20 in FT% and in the lower tier in threes as well. Freshman guard Gavin Griffiths has shown promise but with Derek Simpson not taking a sophomore leap, the backcourt could be in trouble in league play.

There are just two games left for the Knights in the non-con schedule, including one against Mississippi State in a key battle. They'll need that one and versus Stonehill before a couple of road games back in league play.