• The 22nd annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge took place on Tuesday, Dec. 8 and Wednesday, Dec. 9. The Big Ten won six of seven games on the first night of the Challenge, including top-25 ranked wins over then-No. 10/No. 11 Duke, then-No. 16/No. 14 North Carolina and then-No. 15/No. 15 Virginia Tech. Three of the Challenge’s contests were postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. The contest between No. 12/No. 12 Wisconsin and No. 23/No. 22 Louisville  has been rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 19 and will be televised on ESPN2. The Big Ten currently leads the Challenge 6-5. If Wisconsin defeats Louisville, the Big Ten will win the Challenge for the second year in a row, marking the first time since 2014-15 that the Big Ten has won the Challenge in back-to-back years. Last year, the Big Ten registered an overall record of 8-6 against the ACC.

• The Big Ten enters this week with six undefeated teams and the conference boasts a combined record of 61-15 (.803 pct.), marking the highest winning percentage by any conference this season.

• Michigan and Penn State opened Big Ten Conference play on Sunday, Dec. 13, with the Wolverines improving to 6-0 on the season after defeating the Nittany Lions by a narrow margin of 62-58. Michigan freshman Hunter Dickinson registered 20 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in the win to capture Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors for the second week in a row.

• Penn State defeated then-No. 15/No. 15 Virginia Tech in the Challenge by a score of 75-55 to register a milestone 1,500th victory for the program. The win was also Penn State’s third-straight in Challenge games. Nittany Lions junior G Izaiah Brockington scored a career-high 24 points and tied a career best with eight rebounds. 

• Illinois started the week with a 83-68 win over then-No. 10 / No. 11 Duke in the Challenge. Illinois became the second Big Ten team this season to defeat Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. Previously, Michigan State went on the road and defeated Duke 75-69. The Big Ten is now the first non-ACC conference to win two games at the venue in the same season since the Southern Conference in 1981-82. Prior to this season, Duke had lost just two non-conference home games since 2000.

• One of the most anticipated games of the 2020-21 season will take place on Saturday, Dec. 19, when No. 3/No. 3 Iowa takes on  No. 1/No. 1 Gonzaga in a nationally-televised contest on CBS. Last week, Iowa defeated then-No. 16/No. 14 North Carolina in the Challenge 93-80. During the contest, the Hawkeyes drained 17 three-point FGs, marking the highest single-game total in the history of the Challenge. Hawkeyes senior G Jordan Bohannon made seven three-point FGs and registered a team-high 24 points to accompany his six assists. Head coach Fran McCaffery notched the 200th win of his Iowa career on Sunday when the Hawkeyes defeated Northern Illinois.

• Michigan improved to 6-0 on the season following wins over Toledo and Penn State, and moved into both the Associated Press Top-25 poll (No. 25) and the USA TODAY coaches poll (No. 24). The Big Ten now boasts seven teams in both polls, while an additional four teams received votes in either one or both of the polls. Iowa and Michigan State held their positions at No. 3/No. 3 and No. 4/No. 4., respectively, while Ohio State (No. 20/ No. 19), Rutgers (No. 19/No. 17) and Wisconsin (No. 20/No. 19) all moved up in both polls.