MBB: Starting Five

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1. Saturday's slate pits two ranked conference foes against one another in what promises to be one of the marquee matchups of the weekend as No. 4/4 Purdue collides with No. 17/20 Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. A win would give Purdue its best start in program history (15-0) and also mark the first time since 1999-00 that the Boilermakers have won their first two conference road contests.  Purdue enters Saturday's contest one of just four Division I teams that remain undefeated, and one of just three in the nation with two wins over AP top-10 opponents.

2. Six student-athletes represent the conference among the NCAA's top 25 in assist-to-turnover ratio, including three in the top 10. Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor ranks fifth in the nation with a 3.27 rating, while Minnesota's Al Nolen and Purdue's Chris Kramer sit tied at No. 10 with a 3.00 assist-to-turnover ratio. On their heels is Northwestern's Michael Thompson at No. 12 (2.95). Together, the foursome paces the conference in leading the nation with six squads ranked among the top 25 in the category.

3. A trio of Big Ten sharpshooters are nearing career milestones and will look to inch closer to their marks this weekend. Purdue's Robbie Hummel needs 10 points to reach 1,000 for his career while Minnesota's Lawrence Westbrook sits 56 tallies away from the century mark. Ohio State's Jon Diebler is rapidly approaching another benchmark of his own and will enter Saturday's game against the Gophers a mere three treys shy of notching his 200th three-pointer. 

4. Evan Turner is back in action after starting his first game during Wednesday's win over Indiana since breaking two bones in his back in early December. Previously estimated to sit out for eight weeks, the stalwart guard cut his recovery time in half and did not miss a beat, posting eight points, four rebounds and five assists in 20 minutes of action in his return to the hardwood. Only 20 players in OSU history have scored more than 1,000 points and collected 500 rebounds. With 1,041 career points to his name, Turner will look to join the select few on Saturday as he needs just seven boards to reach the 500-mark.

5. A whopping 35 Big Ten student-athletes are averaging double figures in scoring amidst the ninth week of the 2009-10 season. This year's scoring column is flooded with double-digits as 10 Big Ten teams boast two or more players with double-figure averages, including three different squads (Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue) touting at least four individuals to average at least 10 points per game. 

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