MEN’S BIG 10 BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK

• The Big Ten boasts six teams in the Associated Press Top-25poll and five teams in the USA TODAY coaches poll. The Big Ten’s six teams in the AP poll are tied for the most by any conference in the country. Three Big Ten teams appear in the top 10 of both polls: No. 4/No. 4 Michigan, No. 7/No. 9 Ohio State and No. 8/No. 8 Iowa. In total, the Big Ten has five teams in the top 20 of both polls. In addition to the six teams appearing in the two polls, two other teams — Minnesota and Rutgers — received votes in both polls. Purdue (No. 24) cracked the AP poll for the first time this season following its win over then-ranked No. 21/No. 20 Minnesota. Ohio State and Illinois moved up in both sets of rankings this week, with the Buckeyes climbing from No. 13/No. 15 to No. 7/No. 9 and the Fighting Illini jumping from No. 19/No. 22 to No. 12/No. 13.

• As of Feb. 1, 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. Michigan (No. 3), Illinois (No. 5), Iowa (No. 6), Ohio State (No. 12), Wisconsin (No. 18) and Purdue (No. 24) all cracked the NET’s top 25. The Big Ten has three 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. 1, KenPom’s rankings include four Big Ten teams in the top 10 in Michigan (No. 3), Iowa (No. 5) Illinois (No. 7) and Ohio State (No. 10). Wisconsin currently ranks No. 13, while Rutgers (No. 26) and Indiana (No. 27) sit just outside 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.

• By conference, the Big Ten ranks 1st in the nation in NET and 2nd in RPI (.5803). The conference’s RPI trails only the Big 12 (.5881). 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.

• After a 10-day layoff, Illinois returned to the court and secured a 80-75 win over then-ranked No. 7/No. 7 Iowa. The win marked the fifth top-10 win for the Illini under head coach Brad Underwood. Junior guard Ayo Dosunmu was named Big Ten Player of the Week after leading the Illini with 25 points. Dosunmu shot 11-for-18 from the field and was 3-for-3 from three-point range. Dosunmu is one of only two players in the country to average at least 20.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game this season. 

• Penn State secured its best win of the season by defeating then-ranked No. 14/No. 13 Wisconsin 81-71, marking the first time that the Nittany Lions have defeated the Badgers since 2011. According to @BTNStatsGuys, Penn State’s 81 points in the victory are the most they have scored against the Badgers in series history (50 games). Penn State became the first team to score 80-plus points against Wisconsin in two years. The Badgers last surrendered 80-plus points in a game in the team’s 80-84 loss to Purdue on Jan. 11, 2019.

• Purdue defeated then-ranked No. 21/No. 20 Minnesota 81-62 at home to improve to 12-6 overall and 7-4 in the Big Ten. Purdue cracked the AP Top 25 poll for the first time this season following its win over Minnesota, and has now won five of its last six games, including three wins over AP-ranked teams. The win over the Gophers marked the 800th men’s basketball game played in Mackey Arena, where Purdue boasts a 655-145 (.819 pct.) all-time record. In the win, Purdue’s freshman class scored 51 of the team’s 81 points. Freshman guard Brandon Newman was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week and led the way with a career-high 29 points and six rebounds. Newman hit five three-point shots in the win, which tied a Boilermaker freshman record. Additionally, his 29 points are the fourth most by a freshman in program history and the most by a freshman since A.J. Hammons scored 30 against Indiana on Jan. 30, 2013. Junior forward Trevion Williams recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Williams has now registered a double-double in four of the last five games. 

• On Thursday, Rutgers defeated Michigan State for the first time in program history. The Scarlet Knights held the Spartans to just 37 points, marking the fewest points that Rutgers has allowed in a conference game since a 30-29 loss to St. Bonaventure on Jan. 25, 1982 (according to @BTNStatsGuys). Rutgers then defeated Northwestern on the road to finish the week 2-0 and improve to 10-6 overall and 6-6 in the Big Ten. According to @BTNStatsGuys, Rutgers has surrendered just 93 total points in its last two games, marking the fewest points that the Scarlet Knights have given up in consecutive league outings since 1982 when they held George Washington and UMass to 85 combined points in EAA play. Rutgers has now won three Big Ten road games in a single season for the second time since it joined the conference in 2014-15. 

• The Big Ten boasts two of the top 10 scorers in the country in Iowa senior center Luka Garza (1st, 26.4 ppg) and Dosunmu (6th, 21.9 ppg).

• Illinois’ Kofi Cockburn is tied for the most double-doubles in the country this season (11) and has registered a double-double in eight of his last 10 games. Additionally, Cockburn ranks fourth in the country in field goal percentage (68.2 pct.)

• Michigan freshman center Hunter Dickinson ranks third in the country in field goal percentage (68.8 pct.). Among all freshmen in the country, Dickinson ranks ninth in points per game (15.1) and 14th in rebounds per game (7.2). 

• Iowa ranks second in the country in scoring offense (89.7 ppg) and leads the nation in assists per game (20.6) and assist-turnover ratio (2.06). Illinois ranks fourth in the country in rebound margin (10.5). Defensively, Michigan ranks fifth in the nation in opponent field goal percentage (37.4 pct.).