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Big Ten Basketball: Wisconsin, Ohio State falls, Rutgers rises in latest power rankings

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10. Indiana Hoosiers - 14-10 (6-7)

If I wanted to defend the Hoosiers, I could note that the schedule for the past month has been tough, including three straight games against ranked opponents. They’ve split the last four games, starting with a 6-point win at home over Iowa.

Indiana fell by 14 points at home to Penn State but on the road, they managed to beat lowly Ohio State. The final score was 76-73, led by 26 points and 14 rebounds from Malik Reneau and 25 points from Trey Galloway. The Hoosiers lost by 20 points on the road at Purdue but that was as expected.

They’ve been without starting guard Xavier Johnson for the past two weeks and the results have been mixed. Galloway has become the new lead guard but the lack of depth in the backcourt has been an even bigger problem, while Kel’el Ware has dealt with his own injury issues.

Indiana comes back home to take on a pair of bubble teams in Northwestern and Nebraska. While their shot at the NCAA Tournament is now at slim-to-none, the Hoosiers can now play the role of “spoiler” and affect how many other teams can go dancing in March.