Men's Basketball Central -- Jan. 2




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Jan. 5, 2018

 

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Big Ten Men's Basketball Weekly Release - Jan. 5

 

• The Big Ten is the only conference in the country that has two teams ranked inside the Top 5 of the BPI, KenPom and Sagarin rankings. Michigan State (No. 3, 1 and 1) has also been ranked inside the top five of all of the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' Poll Top 25 rankings to date, while Purdue (No. 2, 4 and 3) has been inside the Top 25 of the polls in all but one week's rankings.

 

• The third annual “Super Saturday - College Hoops & Hockey” at Madison Square Garden begins with a men’s basketball game between Ohio State and Minnesota on Saturday, Jan. 20. The game will tip off at 12 p.m. ET on BTN with a men’s ice hockey game between Minnesota and Michigan State to follow at 8 p.m. ET

 

• Big Ten Conference men’s basketball programs played the most non-conference games against teams in the AP Top 25 and USA Today Top 25 polls in the country. Big Ten teams played, collectively, 22 games against non-conference opposition ranked in the polls this season.

 

• The 2018 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will be held from Feb. 28-March 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City for the first time in history. All 14 teams will advance to the tournament, with two first-round games slated for Wednesday, Feb. 28. The top four teams will receive first and second round byes and advance to the quarterfinals on Friday, March 2. The Big Ten Tournament will return to Chicago in 2019 and 2021 and Indianapolis in 2020 and 2022.

 

• The 2017-18 Big Ten Men’s Basketball schedule is unlike any other in conference history. Moving the 2018 Tournament up one week, meant 18 conference games would be scheduled in a nine-week window. Historically, the Big Ten has been able to deliver the fewest one-day preps of any other conference. The 2017-18 conference schedule has 34 instances of one-day prep, with 20 occurring after the early-December games. That represents about 8 percent of the schedule in January and February, but the Big Ten had only one instance of single-day prep over the past two conference seasons.

 

• Two Big Ten teams are in the latest Associated Press (AP) and USA Today Coaches' Top 25 polls, with one more team receiving votes, announced this week. Michigan State tops all teams at No. 1/1 (AP/USA Today). It is the first time a Big Ten team has been ranked No. 1 in the national polls since the 2015-16 season when Michigan State held the No. 1 ranking in the AP poll for four weeks (Dec. 7-28). No. 13/12 Purdue improved one spot from last week while Michigan received a vote in the coaches’ poll.

 

• Ten Big Ten teams rank in the top 35 in total blocks this season, including the top two teams in the country. Michigan State leads the nation with 135 blocks this season while Minnesota is second with 120 blocks. Nebraska and Purdue are tied at fifth with 100 blocks while Penn State (T-7th, 98), Rutgers (T-11th, 93), Iowa (T-19th, 86), Maryland (T-23rd, 83), Indiana (T-31st, 77) and Northwestern (T-33rd, 76) round out the rankings (through games of Jan. 4).

 

DATE

GAME

TIME (ET)

RECAP

TV

Tuesday, Jan. 2

Michigan 75, Iowa 68

7:00 p.m.

RECAP

ESPN2

 

Maryland 75, Penn State 69

7:00 p.m.

RECAP

BTN

 

Wisconsin 71, Indiana 61

7:00 p.m.

RECAP

ESPN

 

Nebraska 70, Northwestern 55

9:00 p.m.

RECAP

BTN

Wednesday, Jan. 3

#13/12 Purdue 82, Rutgers 51

7:00 p.m.

RECAP

BTN

 

Minesota 77, Illinois 67

9:00 p.m.

RECAP

BTN

Thursday, Jan. 4

Ohio State 92, Iowa 81

7:00 p.m.

RECAP

ESPNU

 

#1 Michigan State 91, Maryland 61

8:00 p.m.

RECAP

FS1

Friday, Jan. 5

Rutgers 64, Wisconsin 60

7:00 p.m.

RECAP

ESPN2

 

Penn State 78, Northwestern 63

8:00 p.m.

RECAP

FS1

Saturday, Jan. 6

Michigan 79, Illinois 69

12:00 p.m.

RECAP

BTN

 

#13/12 Purdue 74, Nebraska 62

2:15 p.m.

RECAP

BTN

 

Indiana 75, Minnesota 71

5:15 p.m.

RECAP

ESPN2

Sunday, Jan. 7

Ohio State 80, #1 Michigan State 64

4:30 p.m.

RECAP

CBS

 

Maryland 91, Iowa 73

8:00 p.m.

RECAP

FS1

 

 

 

 

 

 

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