The time has come. With college football over and done, it's all hoops on Saturdays. Four Big Ten matchups decorate Saturday's slate, beginning with a clash between two top-20 foes as fourth-ranked Purdue looks to keep its unbeaten streak alive as it travels to face No. 17/20 Wisconsin at the Kohl Center.
Fourth-ranked Purdue will look to open conference play with a 3-0 record for the first time since 2002-03 on Saturday when it travels to Wisconsin for a 1:30 p.m. Big Ten showdown. The Boilers will be in the hunt for their best start in school history as they aim to extend their win streak to 15-0 and preserve one of the four remaining unblemished slates in NCAA Division one hoops. The road to victory will not be easy however, as Bo Ryan and the Badgers have yet to give up a home contest this season, owning a perfect 9-0 ledger from inside the Kohl Center.
The Boilermakers are led by juniors E'Twaun Moore and Robbie Hummel, who enter Saturday's contest with streaks of 14 and 11-consecutive games with double-figure point totals, respectively. Hummel will also be looking to notch his 1,000 career point and will need just 10 on the day to accomplish the feat.
The veteran tandem of Jon Leuer and Trévon Hughes lead the Badgers averaging close to 16 points per game.
This marks the 165th meeting between the two programs with the Boilermakers leading the all-time series, 102-62, but the Badgers own a 46-36 advantage in Madison, but Purdue has won the last two meetings at the Kohl Center.
The game will air on the Big Ten Network. Wayne Larivee and Shon Morris have the call.
Series History: Purdue leads, 102-62
The Minnesota Golden Gophers return to Williams Arena after a two-game stint on the road last week to face the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, with tip-off slated for 3:30 p.m. ET.
The Golden Gophers split is last two road contests against Iowa and Purdue to begin the conference season at 3-1 for the second straight year. Senior Lawrence Westbrook leads Minnesota with 13.5 points per contest and will enter Saturday's contest looking to make some headway between the 56 points that stand between him and the century mark.
Ohio State welcomed back Evan Turner earlier this week against Indiana. The junior guard returned by posting eight points and four rebounds in 20 minutes of action after missing the previous six weeks due to a back injury. Tune in to watch as Turner attempts to become the 21st player in OSU history to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.
In the second game of the Big Ten Network quadruple header, Craig Coshun will have the call alongside analyst John Laskowski.
Series History: Ohio State leads the all-time series, 74-54
Michigan State travels to Iowa looking to maintain its position at the top of the Big Ten standings. The Spartans are coming off back-to-back wins over ranked opponents to open league play and have won three straight games overall. Although Iowa enters the contest on a three-game losing streak, all five of the Hawkeyes' wins have been at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Spartans pace the conference in scoring offense (80.5 ppg.) and rebounding margin, overpowering their opponents on the boards by 10.5 boards per contest. As a team, MSU is shooting .501 from the floor, leading the Big Ten and ranking seventh in the nation.
The Big Ten Network will televise Saturday's Big Ten matchup with Mark Neely performing play-by-play alongside Kenyon Murray as color analyst.
Series History: Michigan State leads, 60-52
Illinois plays its second true road game of the season Saturday night, traveling to Indiana for its 2010 Big Tenroad debut. The Illini have started 2-0 in conference play with victories over Northwestern and Iowa at home while Indiana sits even at 7-7 overall and 1-1 in conference play.
All five regular Illini starters are scoring in double figures, averaging between 10.4 and 13.8 points. Junior Mike Davis leads the Big Ten and ranks 18th in the NCAA in rebounding (10.0 rpg), while Demetri McCamey leads the conference and ranks 19th in the nation in assists (5.7 apg).
Tip-off for Saturday night's contest is set for 8 p.m. ET with the Big Ten Network's Ari Wolfe and Jim Jackson with the call.
Series History: Indiana leads 82-80