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Five Big Ten Teams Land In Week 16 Polls

See where the Big Ten landed in the latest rankings.

NCAA Basketball: Northwestern at Penn State Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

The AP and USA Today Coaches’ polls were released earlier this week for Week 16 of the season and five Big Ten teams were fortunate enough to make the cut. What was arguably even more impressive is that four other teams received votes in the Coaches’ Poll. All told, it was an encouraging performance for the Big Ten.

Here is where the Big Ten landed:

Week 16 AP Poll:

  • No. 7 - Maryland
  • No. 9 - Penn State
  • No. 20 - Iowa
  • No. 25 - Ohio State
  • Receiving Votes: Michigan State, Michigan, Illinois, Rutgers

Week 16 USA Today Coaches’ Poll

  • No. 7 - Maryland
  • No. 9 - Penn State
  • No. 20 - Iowa
  • No. 24 - Ohio State
  • No. 25 - Michigan State
  • Receiving Votes: Michigan, Illinois, Rutgers, Wisconsin

The Big Ten still isn’t polling the way it did early in the season, but the rise of Maryland and Penn State over the last month or so has been really impressive. And with other teams like Ohio State gaining momentum, the league should be in good shape entering March. We’ll have to stay tuned to see how things shake out.