Big Ten Men's Basketball Weekly

  • Five Big Ten teams remain unbeaten in conference play heading into Monday’s doubleheader. Maryland, Purdue and Wisconsin are off to 2-0 starts in Big Ten play, while Indiana and Iowa both won their conference openers and enter this week’s slate with a 1-0 Big Ten record.

 

Big Ten Logo, Via Internet
Big Ten Logo, Via Internet
  • Three Big Ten freshmen are currently leading their respective teams in scoring. Indiana’s James Blackmon Jr., is averaging a team-high 17.2 points per game, Maryland’s Melo Trimble paces the Terrapins with 16.2 points per contest while Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell is scoring a team-best 17.7 points per game. All three newcomers rank among the top 10 in the Big Ten in scoring. In addition, Northwestern freshman Bryant McIntosh (11.8 ppg) and Purdue freshman Vince Edwards (10.6 ppg) both enter this week’s slate of games as their team’s second-leading scorer.

 

  • Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky both enter this week within reach of becoming the 11th and 12th active members of the Big Ten’s 1,000-career-point club. Dekker heads into Wednesday’s game against Purdue with 997 career points, while Kaminsky has scored 975 career points. Dekker and Kaminsky were both named to the preseason All-Big Ten team, with Kaminsky earning Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year accolades.

 

  • With Iowa’s win at #20/18 Ohio State in the Big Ten opener for both teams, the Hawkeyes became the first team in the country to capture two road wins over ranked teams this season. Iowa also defeated #12/12 North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

 

  • After posting back-to-back wins at Michigan State and versus Minnesota last week, Maryland improved to 14-1 on the season, matching the Terrapins’ best start since the 1996-97 season.

 

  • Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo has led the Spartans to 221 conference wins, the fourth-most in Big Ten history behind Indiana’s Bob Knight (353) and Purdue’s Gene Keady (265) and Ward Lambert (228). Five Big Ten mentors have posted at least 70 conference wins, including Izzo, Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan (158), Ohio State’s Thad Matta (122), Purdue’s Matt Painter (91) and Michigan’s John Beilein (71).

 

  • Minnesota currently ranks second in the nation in steals per game (11.7), sits third in assists per contest (18.9) and is fourth overall in turnover margin (6.7). Maryland is second in the nation in free throws made (289) and third in free throws attempted (386), while Wisconsin sits second in fewest turnovers per game (8.5) and is fourth in both assist/turnover ratio (1.59) and fewest personal fouls per game (13.4). Illinois ranks third in the country in free throw percentage (.776), while Iowa is fourth (.772). Ohio State is fourth in both field goal percentage (.523) and scoring margin (24.0), and ranks fifth in turnover margin (6.0).

 

  • Six Big Ten teams received votes in the latest Associated Press (AP) or USA Today Coaches’ top 25 polls, including a pair of top-10 squads. Wisconsin leads the way at No. 4/4 (AP/USA Today). Maryland (No. 11/9) and Ohio State (No. 22/20) also appear among the top 25, while Indiana, Iowa and Minnesota received votes in at least one poll.

 

  • Big Ten teams compete in an 18-game conference schedule, playing five teams both home and away and eight teams once. Each team plays four of its single-play opponents at home and four on the road.

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