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2016-’17 Week 13 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Power Rankings

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Michigan State moves up.

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Another week is done, and not much change has been made to the Big Ten women’s basketball power rankings. The Spartans have made some noise with their win over the Indiana Hoosiers and have a chance to jump into the top three.

Take a look at the Big Ten women’s basketball power rankings after week 13 of play.

Big Ten Women’s Basketball Week 13 Power Rankings

#1 – Maryland Terrapins (22-1, 10-0)

The Terps are riding a 10-game winning streak now, with their last loss, and only loss, being to the No. 1 team in the country in UConn. I think it is safe to say that Maryland has a good chance of making it to the Final Four, and maybe even the championship game this year.

#2 – Ohio State Buckeyes (20-5, 10-1)

The No. 14 Buckeyes are slowly moving up in the national ranking after earning their 20th win of the season. The majority of their losses have been to nationally-ranked teams which only solidifies them even more at the second team in the power rankings.

#3 – Michigan Wolverines (18-5, 7-2)

Michigan is now on a three-game winning streak after defeating Illinois, 86-70. The Wolverines take on Iowa on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

#4 – Michigan State Spartans (16-7, 6-4)

The Spartans moved up a slot after beating Indiana 69-60, to go along with their impressive win over Ohio State earlier in the season.

#5 – Indiana Hoosiers (15-7, 5-4)

Losing to Michigan State put Indiana at No. 5 and the Hoosiers will look to redeem themselves on Sunday against Maryland. If they can come out Sunday with an upset, or even a close loss, they may move up a bit.

#6 – Northwestern Wildcats (17-5, 6-3)

The Wildcats play the Hoosiers next week which will help me make my decision on to keep Northwestern where they are now or to move them up/down.

#7 – Purdue Boilermakers (14-9, 5-4)

Losing by 15 to the Terrapins isn’t as bad as it looks. With Illinois and Michigan on their slate for this week, the Boilermakers are going to try to get back on a roll.

#8 – Iowa Hawkeyes (14-8, 5-4)

A convincing win over Rutgers doesn’t mean much, but the Hawkeyes will prepare to take on the two Michigan teams this week. A win at Ann Arbor would boost the Hawkeyes in the power rankings.

#9 – Penn State Nittany Lions (14-8, 4-6)

Penn state is coming off of a loss to a hot Ohio State team and will not have an easy match on Sunday in Evanston, Illinois against the Northwestern Wildcats.

#10 – Minnesota Golden Gophers (11-11, 2-7)

Minnesota is now on a three-game losing streak and has will move down even further if it were to lose to Nebraska tomorrow.

#11 – Illinois Fighting Illini (8-15, 3-7)

It has not been easy for Illinois, now on a five-game losing streak and is set to play Purdue on Saturday. I think that the Fighting Illini needs a win this weekend.

#12 – Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6-17, 3-7)

The Scarlet Knights take the court against Indiana at home on Tuesday and will need the win to break a four-game losing streak.

#13 – Nebraska Huskers (5-17, 1-9)

The Huskers haven’t won since their victory over Rutgers and just can’t seem to find answers. They face Minnesota tonight at 6:00 p.m.

#14 – Wisconsin Badgers (5-17, 0-9)

The Lady Badgers have yet to win in the conference and may have a tough time this afternoon as they host the Buckeyes of Ohio State.