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Week 14: BTPowerhouse Big Ten Game of the Week: Iowa Hawkeyes at Indiana Hoosiers

BTPowerhouse looks at the best games of the upcoming week in the Big Ten.

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Last week was huge for the Big Ten. Some of the hyped games like Indiana against Michigan ended up being blowouts, but the Game of the Week between Maryland and Purdue was fun and the massive upset over the weekend of Indiana by Penn State was interesting as well. Of course, it also continues to put more pressure on the top teams entering this week.

With that, let's take a look at the top games of the week.

Game Of The Week:

- Iowa Hawkeyes at Indiana Hoosiers:

In some weeks, picking the Game of the Week can be tough. However, that wasn't the case this week. With the top two teams in the standings battling it out in Bloomington, this was an easy pick. The conference lead is on the line and a win by either team could very well set up a Big Ten title run.

For Iowa, this is a complete gravy game. Maybe that sounds a bit odd, but with such a manageable final six games of the season, the Hawkeyes don't really need to win this game. However, if Iowa can find a way to come out on top, they become a virtual lock to at least share part of the Big Ten title. In fact, the Hawkeyes have 75 percent odds or better in five of the team's final six games. As such, a win could really put Iowa in its own tier in the Big Ten.

On the other side, this is a crucial game for Indiana. After the team's upset loss to Penn State over the weekend, the margin for error is incredibly thin for the Hoosiers. Unlike Iowa's schedule, Indiana has a very difficult closing stretch that includes road trips to Illinois, Iowa, and Michigan State. The Hoosiers need a win here to stay near the top of the standings, prepare for a tough closing stretch, and secure its first marquee win since December.

The matchup to watch in this game will be on the wing. Iowa boosts two of the most productive players in the country in Peter Jok and Jarrod Uthoff and Indiana will have to hope that OG Anunoby, Collin Hartman, and Robert Johnson can slow down these two in some form.

Honorable Mention:

- Indiana Hoosiers at Michigan State Spartans:

Similar to the matchup earlier in the week between Indiana and Iowa, this is another game that features two of the Big Ten's top teams facing off. Both teams have played well over the last few weeks and both are looking to secure positioning in the Big Ten standings.

The matchup to watch in this game will come in the backcourt between Indiana's Yogi Ferrell and Robert Johnson and Michigan State's Bryn Forbes and Denzel Valentine. All four players have been very productive this season and who produces the most on Sunday could very well determine who comes out on top.

- Michigan State Spartans at Purdue Boilermakers:

If you like old school and physical basketball, this is a game for you. On Tuesday, the Boilermakers and Spartans will be matching up in what could be the most physical game of the Big Ten season. Both teams play tough defense and both will be looking to make a huge impact on the boards. Add in that this game could be huge in determining seeding in March and there's a lot on the line.

Obviously, the matchup to watch is going to be upfront between Michigan State's Matt Costello and Deyonta Davis and Purdue's Isaac Haas and AJ Hammons. Purdue has the size, but can the Boilermakers keep up with Michigan State's big men that have shown a lot in transition this season?

Worst Game of the Week:

- Bowie State at Maryland Terrapins:

This is a new part of the Game of the Week post, but it seemed like a valuable addition with the horrible filler game that Maryland is playing this week. While the rest of the conference is facing Big Ten opponents, the Terps will be facing Bowie State at home on Tuesday night.

The matchup to watch in this game is Bowie State against the Maryland crowd. First, do the Terp fans actually show up and second, how long do they stay?

Season Stats:

- Game of the Week Appearances By Team:
  • Iowa - 3
  • Maryland - 3
  • Michigan State - 2
  • Purdue - 2
  • Indiana - 1
  • Michigan - 1
- Game of the Week Honorable Mention Appearances By Team:
  • Indiana - 4
  • Maryland - 4
  • Michigan - 3
  • Michigan State - 3
  • Ohio State - 3
  • Northwestern - 2
  • Purdue - 2
  • Wisconsin - 2
  • Iowa - 1
- Total Appearances By Team:
  • Maryland - 7
  • Indiana - 5
  • Michigan State - 5
  • Iowa - 4
  • Michigan - 4
  • Purdue - 4
  • Ohio State - 3
  • Northwestern - 2
  • Wisconsin - 2