• Illinois, Michigan State and Ohio State sit atop the Big Ten standings, along with Northwestern, with undefeated records in conference play. Illinois, Michigan State and Ohio State are all 2-0, while Northwestern is 1-0.

• No. 3/4 Purdue leads three Big Ten teams in the polls this week. Michigan State (No. 12/12) and Ohio State (No. 15/15) are also ranked, while Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin are among the teams receiving votes.

• The Big Ten is tied with the Big 12 and Big East for the most wins against AP ranked opponents with seven.

• This week’s men’s basketball schedule features three Saturday ACC/Big Ten/Pac-12 Alliance matchups, as Indiana will play Notre Dame in the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis, Indiana, North Carolina will play UCLA in the CBS Sports Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Georgia Tech will play USC in Phoenix, Arizona as part of the Jerry Colangelo Classic.

• The Big Ten won its third straight Big Ten/ACC Challenge, with a final tally of 8-6. The Big Ten has now won eight of the last 13 Challenges and has won three straight for the second time after accomplishing the feat from 2009-2011.

• Ohio State junior forward E.J. Liddell and Purdue senior forward Trevion Williams were named Big Ten Co-Players of the Week on Monday. Liddell averaged 21.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.5 blocks and 0.5 steals per game last week, including 28 points with nine rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal in the home victory over No. 22 Wisconsin. Williams averaged 21.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.5 steals per game last week, narrowly missing Purdue’s first triple-double since 1977 with 22 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists to go along with four blocks and two steals in an 82-72 overtime victory against NC State in the Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational.

• Michigan State guard Max Christie was selected as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday. Christie averaged 8.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game in two Michigan State conference victories, a 75-67 road win over Minnesota and a 80-64 home win against Penn State.