Men's Basketball Central -- Feb. 19




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Feb. 19, 2018

 

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Big Ten Men's Basketball Weekly Release - Feb. 19

 

• Michigan State clinched at least a share of the 2017-18 Big Ten Championship after defeating Illinois, 81-61, at the Breslin Center on Tuesday night. The Spartans are 15-2 in Big Ten play with one game remaining, while every other Big Ten team has at least three conference losses. Michigan State can clinch an outright title with a win at Wisconsin on Sunday, its first outright championship since 2009.

 

• The Big Ten is tied for the nation’s lead with four teams ranked inside the top 20 of both the Associated Press’ and USA Today Coaches’ poll Top 25 rankings.

 

• The Big Ten is one of four conferences that features all of its men’s basketball teams in the top 130 of the College Basketball Power Index (BPI). Teams in 10th to 14th place in the current standings all own wins against Top 85 RPI teams this season, including three on neutral courts.

 

• 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.

 

• Four Big Ten teams are in the latest Associated Press (AP) and USA Today Coaches' Top 25 polls with one team receiving votes. Michigan State tops all teams at No. 1 in the USA Today poll (20 first-place votes) and No. 2 in the AP poll (19 first-place votes). Purdue is at No. 9/9 while No. 16/15 Ohio State and No. 17/16 Michigan remained in the poll. Nebraska received 7 votes in the USA Today poll.

 

• The Big Ten Conference features the only two teams to rank inside the top 20 of the KenPom offensive and defensive adjusted efficiency rankings: Michigan State (No. 9, 121.2; No. 7, 93.6) and Purdue (No. 3, 123.1; No. 16, 95.9).

 

• Five Big Ten teams rank in the top 15 in total blocks with Michigan State leading the country at 227 blocks. Four Big Ten teams rank in the top 30 in assist-turnover ratio, led by Michigan (1.60) at fifth in the country. Four Big Ten teams rank inside the top 20 in scoring defense this season, led by Michigan (63.5 ppg allowed) at 11th in the country. Three teams rank in the top 30 in field-goal percentage defense led by the top-ranked Michigan State (36.1). Michigan State (17.9) and Purdue (16.9) are currently second and fifth in the country, respectively, in scoring margin. The Big Ten features three teams in the top five of total assists this year: Michigan State (1st, 608), Iowa (3rd, 532) and Purdue (8th, 501) (through games of Feb. 23).

 

DATE

GAME

TIME (ET)

RECAP

TV

Monday, Feb. 19

Maryland 71, Northwestern 64

7:00 p.m.

RECAP

BTN

 

Wisconsin 73, Minnesota 63 (OT)

9:00 p.m.

RECAP

BTN

Tuesday, Feb. 20

Michigan State 81, Illinois 61

7:00 p.m.

RECAP

ESPN

 

Ohio State 79, Rutgers 52

7:00 p.m.

RECAP

BTN

 

Nebraska 66, Indiana 57

9:00 p.m.

RECAP

BTN

Wednesday, Feb. 21

Michigan State 72, Penn State 63

7:00 p.m.

RECAP

BTN

 

Minnesota 86, Iowa 82

9:00 p.m.

RECAP

BTN

Thursday, Feb. 22

Purdue 93, Illinois 86

7:00 p.m.

RECAP

FS1

 

Wisconsin 70, Northwestern 64

7:00 p.m.

RECAP

ESPN2

Friday, Feb. 23

Ohio State 80, Indiana 76

8:00 p.m.

RECAP

FS1

Saturday, Feb. 24

#17/16 Michigan at Maryland

12:00 p.m.

 

ESPN

Sunday, Feb. 25

#2/1 Michigan State at Wisconsin

1:00 p.m.

 

CBS

 

Illinois at Rutgers

3:00 p.m.

 

BTN

 

Minnesota at #9/9 Purdue

4:00 p.m.

 

FS1

 

Penn State at Nebraska

5:15 p.m.

 

BTN

 

Northwestern at Iowa

7:30 p.m.

 

BTN

 

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