BIG 10 RELEASE

  • Big Ten action this week gets underway on Monday with Penn State traveling to Northwestern for an 8 p.m., tip on FS1.
  • Of the 76 conference games played, 54 percent (41 games) have been decided by 10 points or fewer including 10 games separated by one possession. Home teams are winning 64 percent of Big Ten conference games, with a record of 47-27.
  • 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 is 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.
  • Six different Big Ten programs are ranked in either the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches poll this week: Michigan (No. 7 AP/No. 7 USAT), Michigan State (No. 9/11), Purdue (No. 15/15), Wisconsin (No. 19/19), Iowa (No. 20/20) and Maryland (No. 24/RV). During the 2018-19 season, nine different Big Ten programs have been ranked in the Top 25.
  • 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 (20-2, 9-2) began the year with its best start in program history (17-0), surpassing 16-0 starts in 2012-13 and 1985- 86. It was the best start to a season for a Big Ten program since Ohio State started 2010-11 at 24-0. The Wolverines lead the Big Ten and rank second in the nation in scoring defense (57.0 ppg) and stand second in fewest turnovers per game (9.5).
  • Michigan State (18-4, 9-2) ranks in the Top 5 nationally in several categories: assists per game (20.1/first), field goal percentage defense (36.8/third), blocks per game (6.1/third), rebounds per game (42.8/fourth) and rebound margin (+9.5/ fifth). Junior guard Cassius Winston is fifth nationally with a Big Ten-best 7.6 assists per game. 
  • Purdue (16-6, 9-2) has won seven games in a row to move into a tie for first place in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers have won 13 consecutive home games and are 38-4 vs. Big Ten opponents at home since the start of the 2014-15 season. Overall, Purdue is 59-4 since the start of the 2015-16 season at Mackey Arena – the second-best winning percentage in America (Kentucky; 60-4). Junior guard Carsen Edwards earned his fifth career Big Ten Player of Week honor on Monday after averaging 27.5 ppg in a pair of Boilermaker wins last week. He is fifth in the nation in scoring, with a Big Ten-best 24.5 ppg.
  • Wisconsin (16-6, 8-3) is led by senior Ethan Happ, who is the only player in the nation with multiple triple-doubles this season. Happ is averaging 18.5 ppg (fifth in Big Ten), 10.3 rpg (second) and 5.1 apg (third). Happ is the only individual in the Big Ten to rank among the Top 5 in those stats. No college player has posted season averages of 17.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists dating back to at least the 1996-97 season. With 1,102 career rebounds, Happ stands fifth in Big Ten history.
  • Maryland (17-6, 8-4) is 5-0 in home Big Ten games this season. Sophomore forward Bruno Fernando is seventh in the nation in field goal percentage (66.5%) and has 14 double-doubles, tied for the fifth-most in the nation. .
  • Iowa (17-5, 6-5) beat a Top 5 opponent (No. 5 Michigan) for the first time since Jan. 2016, last Friday. Freshman Joe Wieskamp was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday for the second time this season after tallying 16 points, seven rebounds and five steals in the win. Iowa posted an 11-0 mark in non-conference play including winning the championship of the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden.
  • Minnesota (16-6, 6-5) senior Jordan Murphy is second in career rebounds in the Big Ten (1,170) behind Ohio State’s Jerry Lucas (1,411) and is the second-leading active rebounder in the nation. Murphy is fourth nationally in rebounds per game with a Big Ten-best 11.8 rpg. He is second in the NCAA with 15 double-doubles and holds the Minnesota program record with 59.

 

THIS WEEK

Mon., Feb. 4

*Penn State at Northwestern………………………………8 p.m. FS1

Tue., Feb. 5

*#9/11 Michigan State at Illinois………………………7 p.m. ESPN2

*#7/7 Michigan at Rutgers ………………………………… 8 p.m. BTN

Wed., Feb. 6

*#24/RV Maryland at Nebraska…………………………. 7 p.m. BTN

*#19/19 Wisconsin at Minnesota ……………………….. 9 p.m. BTN

Thu., Feb. 7

*Penn State at Ohio State ………………………………7 p.m. ESPN

*#20/20 Iowa at Indiana…………………………………9 p.m. ESPN2

Sat., Feb. 9

*#19/19 Wisconsin at #7/7 Michigan …………………….Noon FOX

*Minnesota at #9/11 Michigan State………………….2 p.m. ESPN

*Rutgers at Illinois……………………………………………. 4 p.m. BTN

*Nebraska at #15/15 Purdue ………………………… 8:30 p.m. BTN

Sun., Feb. 10

*Ohio State at Indiana ……………………………………… 1 p.m. CBS

*Northwestern at #20/20 Iowa ………………………. 6:30 p.m. BTN