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2016-’17 Week 11 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Power Rankings

Maryland cannot be topped.

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It may be bold to state this midway through the conference schedule, but the No. 3 ranked Maryland Terrapins will not be touched in the Big Ten conference.

The Terps are on another level compared to the rest of the playing field in the Big Ten. We are beginning to see it within the power rankings, so check out who moved up, moved down or stayed the same in week 11.

Big Ten Women’s Basketball Week 10 Power Rankings

#1 – Maryland Terrapins (18-1, 6-0)

The Terps sit in the top spot comfortably with their six-game winning streak and their undefeated record in conference play.

#2 – Michigan Wolverines (15-5, 4-2)

Michigan stays at No. 2 because I am just not convinced to move the Buckeyes up. Although the Wolverines are on a losing streak, they took the L to Maryland, so it doesn’t mean much right now.

#3 – Ohio State Buckeyes (16-5, 6-1)

Ohio State came back to win two straight after falling to Michigan State, and do not have a difficult schedule ahead of them. If the Buckeyes can take advantage of their upcoming matchups, they may be able to move up to the No. 2 slot.

#4 – Northwestern Wildcats (15-4, 4-2)

The Wildcats move back up after picking up two wins in a row. The Wildcats had a tough draw for the start of their conference schedule and now have an easier road. The Wildcats play the Michigan Wolverines next week, and if they can come out on top, don’t be surprised if they move up even more.

#5 – Michigan State Spartans (13-6, 3-3)

Right when we thought that the Spartans were on the verge of something special, they lose two in a row to Rutgers and Northwestern. MSU host the Purdue Boilermakers on Sunday and will need a win to gain momentum.

#6 – Indiana Hoosiers (13-6, 3-3)

Indiana took a tough loss at Minnesota will still keep them down at No. 6. They will now travel to Columbus, Ohio to take on the Buckeyes.

#7 – Penn State Nittany Lions (13-6, 3-4)

Penn State’s loss to Purdue is what moved them down, and now the Nittany Lions are on a two-game winning streak. It may have been against teams with losing records, but nevertheless still a two-game winning streak.

#8 – Purdue Boilermakers (12-8, 3-3)

The head to head with Indiana, falling to them 74-60, forced Purdue to fall behind.

#9 – Minnesota Golden Gophers (11-8, 2-4)

Minnesota stays where they are after going 1-1 since we last updated the power rankings.

#10 – Iowa Hawkeyes (12-7, 3-3)

The Hawkeyes couldn’t get it done against Maryland, but then again, no one in the Big Ten has. Defeating Rutgers, 71-59, kept the Hawkeyes at No. 10.

#11 – Illinois Fighting Illini (8-11, 3-3)

Illinois has Ohio State and Maryland on their plates for its next two games. The Fighting Illini may be in for a long week.

#12 – Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6-14, 3-4)

The Scarlet Knights took an L in their last game, but Rutgers win against Michigan State keeps them at 12.

#13 – Nebraska Huskers (5-14, 1-6)

Nebraska got the win against Rutgers but lost its last two. They host Michigan on Sunday for a matinee game.

#14 – Wisconsin Badgers (5-14, 0-6)

Wisconsin cannot find the answers to their problems and will stay in the final slot of the power rankings.