SiriusXM Big Ten Radio’s Basketball Power Rankings (01/04/22)

As teams navigate their way through more Covid-19 challenges and cancellations, here’s how the SiriusXM Big Ten Radio team voted for this week’s ‘Power Rankings.’

Pete Pistone
January 4, 2022

Ohio State is playing solid basketball as conference play kicks in. (Photo: Big Ten)

Pete Pistone and the rest of the SiriusXM Big Ten Radio team will unveil Power Rankings each week of the college basketball season. Check out this week’s edition of basketball Power Rankings below, and listen to SiriusXM Big Ten Radio (Ch. 372) on the SXM App now.

The calendar is turning to 2022 and conference play is heating up. Unfortunately, teams are navigating their way through more Covid-19 challenges with cancellations still part of the landscape. Here’s how the SiriusXM Big Ten Radio team voted for this week’s edition of the Power Rankings:

1. PURDUE @BoilerBall

There’s been a little bit of inconsistency of late for the Boilermakers.

2. OHIO STATE @OhioStateHoops

Solid ball from the Buckeyes has Ohio State back in the national picture as well as within the conference.


Tom Izzo’s squad is in a much better place than when it struggled so much last season at this juncture.


Kofi Cockburn continues to play at an elite level to lead the Fighting Illini.


The Johnny Davis Show has been something to watch in Madison.


The Golden Gophers are still playing very good basketball and becoming less of a surprise team.

7. IOWA @IowaHoops

It’s been an up and down campaign so far in Iowa City.


The Wildcats are solid but need to find ways to put opponents away when they have the lead.

9. INDIANA @IndianaMBB   

Let’s see if the Hoosiers can put together a string of consecutive good outings in conference play.

10. MICHIGAN @umichbball

A lot of young players still trying to find their way and contribute regularly in Ann Arbor.

11. RUTGERS @RutgersMBB

The Scarlet Knights haven’t been able to maintain the momentum after their big buzzer-beater win over Purdue a few weeks ago.

12. MARYLAND @TerrapinHoops

Interim coach Danny Manning is trying to find the right combination and chemistry.

13. PENN STATE @PennStateMBB

The Nittany Lions are not an easy out by any means but Penn State is still looking to put more wins on the board.

14. NEBRASKA @HuskerHoops

The Huskers have some good players to be sure but continue to struggle overall.