BIG 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK

• The Big Ten boasts seven teams in the Associated Press Top-25 poll and six teams in the USA TODAY coaches poll. The Big Ten leads all other conferences with seven teams in the AP poll. Three Big Ten teams appear in the top 6 of both polls: No. 3/No. 3 Michigan, No. 4/No. 5 Ohio State and No. 6/No. 6 Illinois. In total, the Big Ten has four teams in the top 20 of both polls. In addition to the seven teams appearing in either one or both of the two polls, Minnesota also received votes in both polls. Rutgers (No. 25) reentered the AP poll for the first time since Jan. 4, while Purdue (No. 25) cracked the USA TODAY poll for the first time this season. Illinois and Ohio State continued their ascension in  both sets of rankings this week, with the Fighting Illini climbing from No. 12/No. 13 to No. 6/No. 6 and the Buckeyes jumping from No. 7/No. 9 to No. 4/No. 5. At the top of both polls, Michigan achieved its highest rankings of the year, moving from No. 4/No. 4 to No. 3/No. 3.

• As of Feb. 8, the Big Ten has a major presence in the NCAA NET Rankings with 13 of its 14 teams (.929 pct.) appearing in the top 100 and seven teams in the top 25. Michigan (No. 3), Illinois (No. 4), Ohio State (No. 7), Iowa (No. 9), Wisconsin (No. 16), Purdue (No. 23) and Rutgers (No. 25) all cracked the NET’s top 25. The Big Ten has four teams in the NET’s top 10 and is one of just two conferences to have multiple teams in the top 10 (SEC with two teams).

• As of Feb. 8, KenPom’s rankings include four Big Ten teams in the top 10 in Michigan (No. 3), Illinois (No. 4), Iowa (No. 5) and Ohio State (No. 8). Wisconsin currently sits just outside the top 10 at No. 11, while Purdue (No. 22), Rutgers (No. 24) and Indiana (No. 25) all cracked the top 25. The Big Ten owns 40.0 percent of KenPom’s top 10, while 11 of the conference’s 14 teams (.786 pct.) appear in the top 45 of the overall rankings. The Big Ten’s nine teams in the top 30 lead all conferences, including the Big 12’s six teams.

• By conference, the Big Ten ranks 1st in the nation in NET and 2nd in RPI (.5760). The conference’s RPI trails only the Big 12 (.5822). The Big Ten recorded a 70-14 record (.833 pct.) in non-conference play, marking the highest non-conference winning percentage by any conference in the NCAA.

• Indiana faced two of the top teams in the country this week in then-ranked No. 12/No. 13 Illinois and then-ranked No. 8/No. 8 Iowa. After suffering a 71-75 overtime loss to the Fighting Illini on Tuesday, the Hoosiers rebounded to end the week with a 67-65 win over the Hawkeyes. With the game tied at 65-65, sophomore Armaan Franklin hit a game-winning field goal with 1.8 seconds left on the clock to complete the Hoosiers’ season sweep over the Hawkeyes. Sophomore Trayce Jackson-Davis registered his seventh double-double of the season by leading the team with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

• Illinois is currently riding a four-game winning streak and finished its week 2-0 with wins at Indiana and vs. then-ranked No. 19/No. 20 Wisconsin. Junior guard Ayo Dosunmu  was named Big Ten Player of the Week after recording a triple-double against the Badgers with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. Dosunmu became just the third player in Illinois history to record a triple-double and the first to do so since 2001 (Mark Smith, 2/1/79; Sergio McClain 1/13/01). According to Illinois, Dosunmu is the third player to a record a 20-plus point triple-double against a ranked team in the last 10 years. The last Big Ten player to record a triple-double was Ohio State’s JaQuan Lyle (16 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists vs. Rutgers on 1/13/16). Teammate Kofi Cockburn registered a double-double in the victory (23 points and 14 rebounds) and has now recorded a double-double in eight of his last nine games. Cockburn is tied for the NCAA lead this season with 13 double-doubles and has registered the most double-doubles by an Illini player since Mike Davis had 15 in 2010. Additionally, Cockburn ranks fifth in the country in field goal percentage (67.0 pct.)

• Ohio State has now won seven of its last eight games and most recently defeated then-ranked No. 8/No. 8 Iowa. Ohio State spread its scoring around in its win over the Hawkeyes, with E.J. Liddell, Duane Washington Jr. and Kyle Young all scoring 16 points each. Justice Sueing recorded the fourth double-double of his career with 12 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Ohio State has now recorded four-consecutive road wins against Big Ten teams ranked in the AP’s top 15 at the time of competition (Rutgers, Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa). Additionally, dating back to November of 2019, Ohio State is 6-0 in its last six games against AP top-10 teams.

• Rutgers defeated Minnesota 76-72 on Thursday to extend its current winning streak to four games. This is the first time since Rutgers joined the Big Ten that the Scarlet Knights have won four straight conference games. The last four-game win streak that Rutgers put together was in 2003-04 when the Scarlet Knights defeated St. John’s, Villanova, Notre Dame and Miami in the Big East. Junior center Myles Johnson notched his fifth double-double of the season in the win with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

• Maryland picked up its fourth ranked win of the season after defeating then-ranked No. 24 Purdue 61-60 in College Park. The Terrapins have now recorded at least four ranked wins for a fourth-consecutive season.

• Iowa senior center Luka Garza, who leads the country in scoring this season (25.5 ppg), eclipsed 2,000 career points in the Hawkeyes’ 84-78 win over Michigan State (Feb. 2). According to @BTNStatsGuys, Garza is the first player in Big Ten history to post at least 2,000 points, 800 rebounds, 100 blocks and 100 three-pointers in a career. Garza became the 30th player and just the second Hawkeye in Big Ten history to hit 2,000 points.

• Iowa ranks third in the country in scoring offense (87.8 ppg) and assists per game (19.5), while leading the country in assist-turnover ratio (2.04). Illinois ranks third in the country in rebound margin (10.8). Defensively, Michigan ranks fifth in the nation in opponent field goal percentage (37.4 pct.).