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Big games ahead: Iowa vs. Purdue, Maryland vs. MSU top slate

Iowa is perfect through five Big Ten games for the first time since 1996-97, and the No. 9 Hawkeyes take on No. 22 Purdue this Sunday at 1 p.m. on BTN/BTN2Go. That's just one of the top games in Tom Dienhart's weekly rankings of the action ahead.

Big Ten links: Read Tuesday's hoops & football headlines

Iowa's basketball team is ascending rising, and so is Peter Jok. Northwestern has hit some bump times. Get a few updates from the football programs at Michigan, Nebraska, Rutgers, and Indiana. Plus, did you look at Michigan State's football schedule next season? It is not easy. Those are the headlines in Tuesday's Big Ten links.

Purdue dominates Rutgers en route to 107-57 road win

Freshman Caleb Swanigan had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 22 Purdue held a 63-23 advantage on the boards in beating Rutgers 107-57 on Monday night, handing the Scarlet Knights' their worst home loss.

Player Rankings: Iowa star Jarrod Uthoff takes over top perch

Iowa is white hot, jumping out to a 5-0 Big Ten clip, its best start since the 1996-97 season. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of the week that was | Big Ten award winners | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] It’s been a collective effort for the Hawkeyes, but there’s no doubt that senior forward Jarrod Uthoff has been the key. The Iowa star is playing so well that he has taken the top spot from Maryland point guard Melo Trimble in my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Editor’s note:

Maryland (No. 7/No. 5) paces Big Ten in latest AP & Coaches polls

The latest AP & Coaches men’s basketball polls were released Monday, and each has five Big Ten teams ranked. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of the week that was | Big Ten award winners | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Maryland paces the handful of Big Ten teams, at No. 7 (AP) and No. 5 (Coaches). Undefeated Iowa, which is 5-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since the 1996-97 season, comes in at No. 9 in both polls. Michigan State, fresh off a pair of losses, drops

Power Rankings: Iowa claims top spot in Jon Crispin's latest list

How about the Iowa Hawkeyes?! After last week’s wins at then-No. 4 Michigan State and vs. Michigan, the Hawkeyes improved to 5-0 in Big Ten play. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of the week that was | Big Ten award winners | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] If you’re keeping score at home, Fran McCaffery and company have won 11 consecutive Big Ten games, dating to last season. Even more impressive: Three of the wins this season have come vs. the then-No. 1, No. 14 and No. 4 teams. The

Big Ten Whiteboard: A look ahead to fourth week of Big Ten play

All eyes will fix their gaze on East Lansing, where the Spartans will play host to Maryland. This is a huge game for the Spartans, who lost two games last week when it fell vs. Iowa and at Wisconsin to fall to 3-3 in the Big Ten. And Northwestern has a great chance to buff its NCAA resume. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Best of the week that was | Big Ten award winners | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Here is a look at the week ahead. Game of the week: Maryland at

Iowa G Peter Jok claims top weekly Big Ten men's hoops honor

The Big Ten office released its latest Big Ten men’s basketball weekly honors Monday, and Iowa guard Peter Jok took home Player of the Week for his role in helping the Hawkeyes sweep Michigan State and take down Michigan. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Best of the week that was | Big Ten award winners | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Player of the Week: Peter Jok, Iowa, G – 6-6 – Jr. – West Des Moines, Iowa – Valley Averaged 19.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in leading the Hawkeyes

Tom’s Take: Honors, stock watch, top performers, notes & quotes

It was a big week for Iowa, which solidified its status as the team to beat in the Big Ten with a rousing triumph at No. 4 Michigan State on Thursday and a victory over a hot Michigan club on Sunday. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] And keep an eye on Indiana, which has won 10 in a row, and is tied with Iowa atop the Big Ten standings after the first three weeks of conference play. Biggest surprise: Nebraska. How about those Cornhuskers? After opening Big Ten play with losses to Northwestern,