• The 22nd annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge will be played on Tuesday, Dec. 8 and Wednesday, Dec. 9. The Challenge matches all 14 Big Ten teams against 14 ACC teams. All games will be televised on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN, and will also be available to stream via the ESPN App.

• The ACC holds a 12-6-3 advantage in the Challenge dating back to its inception in 1999. Last year, the Big Ten recorded an 8-6 overall record in the 2019 Big Ten/ACC Challenge, marking the first time that the conference bested the ACC since back-to-back wins in 2014 and 2015. 

• The Big Ten enters this week with a combined record of 45-6 (.882 pct.), marking the highest winning percentage by any conference this season.

• Michigan State improved to 5-0 on the season, including a 75-69 win over then-ranked No. 6 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. Sophomore G Rocket Watts led the way with 20 points, while sophomore F Malik Hall and junior F Joey Hauser registered a team-high 10 rebounds each. Junior F Aaron Henry filled the stat sheet with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks and 3 steals.

• Following its win vs. then-ranked No. 6 Duke, Michigan State moved up from No. 8 to No. 4 in the Dec. 7 Associated Press Top-25 Poll. Ohio State and Rutgers also moved up in the AP poll. The first USA TODAY coaches poll of the regular season was released on Dec. 7 and featured six Big Ten teams in the top-25. Indiana, Maryland and Michigan received votes in both polls.

• Maryland sophomore Hakim Hart started the first game of his collegiate career in the Terrapins’ 90-57 win over Saint Peter’s. Hart scored a career-high 32 points, making him the first Terp since 2017 (Melo Trimble) to score 32 points in a game.

• Northwestern was the last Big Ten team to tip off its 2020 season, but has since jumped out to a 2-0 record with wins over Arkansas Pine-Bluff and Chicago State. The Wildcats averaged 101.5 ppg in their two victories and have the fifth-highest scoring average in the country, while also owning the fourth-best scoring margin in all of Division 1 (44.0). The Wildcats’ 111 points against Chicago State marked the program’s highest scoring output since 1966. 

• Iowa’s Luka Garza leads the nation with 34.0 ppg. In Iowa’s 99-58 win over Western Illinois (Dec. 3), Garza registered 30 points in the first half for the second time in as many games. According to ESPN, Garza’s 76 total points in victories over Western Illinois and Southern mark the highest two-game total by a Big Ten player in the last 20 seasons. Garza has registered two of the three highest single-game scoring performances this season (41 vs. Southern and 35 vs. Western Illinois).

• Minnesota’s Marcus Carr ranks sixth in the country in scoring (26.5 ppg), including a 35-point performance vs. Green Bay, which is tied for the third-highest single-game total this year.