Big Ten action continues Tuesday with a pair of match-ups as Maryland travels to Minnesota at 7 p.m., on BTN while #6/5 Michigan State hosts Purdue at 9 p.m., on ESPN2. There are two Big Ten games each day from Tuesday through Sunday. • Of the first 26 conference games, 58 percent (15 games) of the match-ups have been decided by 10 points or less including six games separated by two points or less including Maryland and Northwestern wins coming in the final seconds last week. • Big Ten programs are playing a 20-game conference schedule for the first time this season. Each team will play seven opponents both home and away and six teams once. The 2019 Big Ten Tournament will be held from March 13-17 at the United Center in Chicago for the 10th time in conference history, equaling the number of events also held in Indianapolis. • Non-conference play wrapped up for Big Ten schools as the conference’s 14 programs compiled a 121-30 overall record in non-conference games for a 79.1 win percentage. The Big Ten totaled 33 wins against power conference opponents. • Five different Big Ten programs are ranked in the Associated Press or USA Today Coaches polls this week. Overall, 10 Big Ten programs are ranked or receiving votes in a poll this week: Michigan (No. 2 AP/No. 4 USAT), Michigan State (No. 6/5), Ohio State (No. 16/17), Indiana (No. 22/24) and Iowa (RV/No. 25). Wisconsin, Minnesota, Purdue, Nebraska and Maryland are among others receiving votes in the one of the two polls. • For a seven-week span from Nov. 19-Dec. 31, at least six Big Ten programs were ranked in each poll. A season-best eight Big Ten teams were ranked in the Dec. 3 USA Today/Coaches Poll. Seven teams were ranked in the AP Poll in four different weeks (most recently Dec. 31), the most for the Big Ten since the 1998-99 season. • Michigan (15-0, 4-0) is one of three undefeated teams in the nation. The Wolverines are off to their best start since opening 2012-13 with 16 consecutive victories. Michigan has wins over each of the last two NCAA Champions, defeating Villanova, 73-46, in a rematch of the 2018 NCAA Championship Game and 2017 champ North Carolina, 84-67, in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Wolverines lead the Big Ten and rank third in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 55.6 points per game. • Michigan State (13-2, 4-0) has won 16 consecutive Big Ten conference games dating to last season. The Spartans earned Big Ten Player of the Week for the second consecutive week as Nick Ward (21.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.5 bpg) was recognized on Monday following Cassius Winston winning the honor last week. Winston leads the Big Ten and ranks fourth nationally in assists per game (7.6). Michigan State leads the nation in assists per game (21.3). • Indiana (12-3, 3-1) tops the Big Ten and stands third in the nation in team field goal percentage, making 51.9 percent from the floor. Romeo Langford earned his third Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor on Monday after averaging 22.5 ppg and 6.0 rpg last week. Langford is the leading scoring among Big Ten freshman at 20.5 ppg. • The Badgers (11-4, 3-1) are led by Ethan Happ, who is tied for third in the nation in double-doubles with 10. Happ is the only individual in the Big Ten to rank among the Top 4 in scoring (19.3 ppg/third), rebounding (10.3/second) and assists (4.7/ fourth). Happ, a four-time Big Ten Player of the Week this year, stands 14th in career rebounds in Big Ten history with 1,030. • Maryland (12-3, 3-1) is fifth in the nation in rebounding margin (+11.2) and 19th in blocks per game (5.3). Bruno Fernando is fifth in field goal percentage (67.8%), 18th nationally in rebounds per game (10.1 rpg), posting seven double-doubles. • Seven active Big Ten coaches have posted 200 or more career wins, including four with at least 400 wins. Michigan’s John Beilein (814-461) earned his 800th career coaching win against Norfolk State in the Wolverines’ 2018-19 opener. Michigan State’s Tom Izzo has 587 career victories, all with the Spartans. Nebraska’s Tim Miles is nine wins from the 400-win plateau in his career and won his 100th game with the Huskers on Nov. 14 against Seton Hall. Iowa’s Fran McCaffery and Maryland’s Mark Turgeon both surpassed 400 career wins in 2017-18. Purdue’s Matt Painter won his 300th game as Purdue’s head coach on Nov. 23 vs. Robert Morris. Rutgers’ Steve Pikiell also has more than 200 career wins.

LAST WEEK

Wed., Jan. 2
*Maryland 74, #24/23 Nebraska 72
*#8/7 Michigan State 81, Northwestern 55
Thu., Jan. 3
*#21/22 Indiana 73, Illinois 65
*#2/4 Michigan 68, Penn State 55
*Purdue 86, #25/20 Iowa 70
*Minnesota 59, #22/23 Wisconsin 52
Sat., Jan. 5
*#8/7 Michigan State 86, #14/12 Ohio State 77
*Maryland 77, Rutgers 63
Sun., Jan. 6
*Northwestern 68, Illinois 66
*#2/4 Michigan 74, #21/22 Indiana 63
*#25/20 Iowa 93, #24/23 Nebraska 84
*#22/23 Wisconsin 71, Penn State 52

THIS WEEK

Tue., Jan. 8
*Maryland at Minnesota……………………………………. 7 p.m. BTN
*Purdue at #6/5 Michigan State………………………9 p.m. ESPN2
Wed., Jan. 9
*#16/17 Ohio State at Rutgers…………………………… 7 p.m. BTN
*#RV/25 Iowa at Northwestern ………………………….. 9 p.m. BTN
Thu., Jan. 10
*#2/4 Michigan at Illinois…………………………………….8 p.m. FS1
*Penn State at Nebraska……………………………….9 p.m. ESPN2
Fri., Jan. 11
*#22/24 Indiana at Maryland……………………………….7 p.m. FS1
*Purdue at Wisconsin ………………………………………..9 p.m. FS1
Sat., Jan. 12
*Rutgers at Minnesota……………………………….. 12:30 p.m. BTN
*#16/17 Ohio State at #RV/25 Iowa……………….. 2:30 p.m. BTN
Sun., Jan. 13
*#6/5 Michigan State at Penn State ………………. 4:30 p.m. CBS
*Northwestern at #2/4 Michigan ……………………. 7:30 p.m. BTN