• The Big Ten is tied for the nation’s lead with four teams ranked inside the top 20 of both the Associated Press’ and USA

Today Coaches’ poll Top 25 rankings.

  • The Big Ten is one of four conferences that features all of its men’s basketball teams in the top 125 of the College Basketball

Power Index (BPI). Teams in 10th to 14th place in the current standings all own wins against Top 80 RPI teams this season,

including three on neutral courts.

  • Big Ten Conference men’s basketball programs played the most non-conference games against teams in the AP Top 25

and USA Today Top 25 polls in the country. Big Ten teams played, collectively, 22 games against non-conference opposition ranked in the polls this season.

  • The 2018 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will be held from Feb. 28-March 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City for the first time in history. All 14 teams will advance to the tournament, with two first-round games slated for Wednesday, Feb. 28. The top four teams will receive first and second round byes and advance to the quarterfinals on Friday, March 2. The Big Ten Tournament will return to Chicago in 2019 and 2021 and Indianapolis in 2020 and 2022.
  • The 2017-18 Big Ten Men’s Basketball schedule is unlike any other in conference history. Moving the 2018 Tournament up one week, meant 18 conference games would be scheduled in a nine-week window. Historically, the Big Ten has been able to deliver the fewest one-day preps of any other conference. The 2017-18 conference schedule has 34 instances of one-day prep, with 20 occurring after the early-December games. That represents about 8 percent of the schedule in January and February, but the Big Ten had only one instance of single-day prep over the past two conference seasons.
  • Four Big Ten teams are in the latest Associated Press (AP) and USA Today Coaches’ Top 25 polls with one team receiving votes. Michigan State tops all teams at No. 1 in the USA Today poll (20 first-place votes) and No. 2 in the AP poll (19 first-place votes). Purdue is at No. 9/9 while No. 16/15 Ohio State and No. 17/16 Michigan remained in the poll. Nebraska received 7 votes in the USA Today poll.
  • The Big Ten Conference features the only two teams to rank inside the top 15 of the KenPom offensive and defensive adjusted efficiency rankings: Michigan State (No. 9, 120.7; No. 6, 93.2) and Purdue (No. 5, 121.8; No. 12, 94.5).
  • Five Big Ten teams rank in the top 15 in total blocks with Michigan State leading the country at 216 blocks. Four Big Ten teams rank in the top 25 in assist-turnover ratio, led by Michigan (1.62) at fifth in the country. Four Big Ten teams rank inside the top 25 in scoring defense this season, led by Michigan (63.5 ppg allowed) at 11th in the country. Three teams rank in the top 30 in field-goal percentage defense led by the top-ranked Michigan State (36.2). Michigan State (17.8) and Purdue (16.9) are currently second and fourth in the country, respectively, in scoring margin. The Big Ten features three teams in the top five of total assists this year: Michigan State (1st, 588), Iowa (2nd, 532) and Purdue (5th, 501) (through games of Feb. 18) .

 

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE

Monday, Feb. 19

Maryland at Northwestern, 7:00 pm ……………………… FS1

Minnesota at Wisconsin, 9:00 pm …………………………. FS1

Tuesday, Feb. 20

Illinois at Michigan State, 7:00 pm ……………………… ESPN

Rutgers at Ohio State, 7:00 pm …………………………… BTN

Indiana at Nebraska, 9:00 pm …………………………….. BTN

Wednesday, Feb. 21

Michigan at Penn State, 7:00 pm ………………………… BTN

Iowa at Minnesota, 9:00 pm ……………………………….. BTN

Thursday, Feb. 22

Purdue at Illinois, 7:00 pm …………………………………… FS1

Wisconsin at Northwestern, 7:00 pm ………………… ESPN2

Friday, Feb. 23

Ohio State at Indiana, 8:00 pm …………………………….. FS1

Saturday, Feb. 24

Michigan at Maryland, 12:00 pm ……………………….. ESPN

Sunday, Feb. 25

Michigan State at Wisconsin, 1:00 pm ……….. CBS Sports

Illinois at Rutgers, 3:00 pm …………………………………. BTN

Minnesota at Purdue, 4:00 pm …………………………….. FS1

Penn State at Nebraska, 5:15 pm ……………………….. BTN

Northwestern at Iowa, 7:30 pm ……………………………. BTN