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Big Ten Basketball: Wisconsin and Maryland rises, Ohio State slides in latest power rankings

It's been a solid stretch for Big Ten Basketball teams such as Maryland and Wisconsin, while Ohio State has some things to answer for. Where do they stand in the latest power rankings?

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Whether this is a "down" season or not, Big Ten Basketball has been very competitive from top to bottom. Everyone has at least one victory in league play, while only one team is currently unbeaten; and it's not Purdue.

So after Monday's results, which teams should be at the top of the Big Ten power rankings? Here's the latest list, starting with the bottom.

14. Rutgers Scarlet Knights - 9-7 (1-4)

If it wasn't for that close win over Stonehill, Rutgers could be making a case for being one of the worst teams among the power conferences. They've lost 3 of 4 games, including an 18-point road loss at Michigan State. Aundre Hyatt had 14 points and Mawot Mag produced 12 but the offensive struggles of the guard play has continued.

Things don't get much easier for the Knights, as Nebraska at home is up next, followed by matchups with Illinois and Purdue. Things might be bright for the program a year from now with its historic recruiting class but right now, it might have to get worse before it gets better.

13. Penn State Nittany Lions - 8-9 (2-4)

The Lions have also lost 3 of 4 games, with the exception being a comeback win over Michigan in Philly. They most recently lost to Northwestern and Purdue, with Kayne Clary combining for 41 points. He's been the one bright spot (18.6 ppg and 2.7 apg) on a team filled with underwhelming transfers outside of Ace Baldwin having a solid impact.

Penn State now takes on Wisconsin next at home, before dealing with Ohio State and Minnesota. They have the potential to play spoiler in league play but unless Clary goes off, they can lose just about any game going forward.