Men's Basketball Weekly Central

Dec. 18, 2017

 

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Big Ten Men's Basketball Weekly Release - Dec. 18

 

• Big Ten Conference men’s basketball programs have played the most games against teams in the AP Top 25 and USA Today Top 25 polls in the country. Big Ten teams have played, collectively, 23 games against teams 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. 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 implement more recommended scheduling principles than any other conference delivering the fewest one-day preps and best over-all balance throughout the season. 

 

• Two Big Ten teams are in the latest Associated Press (AP) and USA Today Coaches' Top 25 polls, with two more teams receiving votes in both, announced on Monday. Michigan State tops all teams at No. 2/2 (AP/USA Today), and is receiving 15 first-place votes in the AP poll and six in the USA Today poll. No. 16/16 Purdue jumped one spot from last week while Michigan received votes in both polls and Minnesota earned nine votes in the AP poll.

 

• Seven Big Ten teams rank in the top 15 in total blocks this season, including four of the top five. Minnesota leads the nation with 90 blocks this season, Michigan State is second with 89 blocks, Purdue is fourth with 78 blocks and Rutgers is fifth with 76 blocks. Penn State (6th, 75), Maryland (8th, 72) and Nebraska (11th, 69) round out the rankings (through games of Dec. 17).

 

DATE

GAME

TIME (ET)

RECAP

TV

Monday, Dec. 18

Michigan State 107, Houston Baptist 62

7:00 p.m.

RECAP

BTN

Fort Wayne 92, Indiana 72

8:00 p.m.

RECAP

 

Tuesday, Dec. 19

Ohio State 94, The Citadel 65

7:00 p.m.

RECAP

BTN

Penn State 80, Binghamton 65

7:00 p.m.

RECAP

BTN+

Northwestern 85, Lewis 48

8:00 p.m.

RECAP

BTN+

Iowa 92, Southern Utah 64

9:00 p.m.

RECAP

BTN

Wednesday, Dec. 20

Nebraska 104, UTSA 94

8:00 p.m.

RECAP

BTN

Thursday, Dec. 21

Purdue 97, Tennessee State 48

6:00 p.m.

RECAP

BTN

 

Maryland 75, Fairleigh Dickinson 50

7:00 p.m.

RECAP

ESPNU

 

Michigan State 102, Long Beach State 60

7:00 p.m.

RECAP

BTN+

Indiana 87, Tennessee Tech 59

8:00 p.m.

RECAP

BTN

Minnesota 77, Oral Roberts 63

8:00 p.m.

RECAP

BTN+

Michigan 97, Alabama A&M 47

9:00 p.m.

RECAP

ESPNU

Friday, Dec. 22

Oklahoma 104, Northwestern 78

7:00 p.m.

RECAP

ESPN2

Rider 71, Penn State 70

7:00 p.m.

RECAP

BTN

Stony Brook 75, Rutgers 73 (OT)

7:00 p.m.

RECAP

BTN+

Nebraska 85, Delaware State 68

8:00 p.m.

RECAP

BTN+

 

Iowa 80, Colorado 73

9:00 p.m.

RECAP

BTN

Saturday, Dec. 23

North Carolina 86, Ohio State 72

1:30 p.m.

RECAP

CBS

 

Minnesota 95, FAU 60

3:30 p.m.

RECAP

BTN

 

Wisconsin 81, Green Bay 60

5:30 p.m.

RECAP

BTN

 

Illinois 70, Missouri 64

8:00 p.m.

RECAP

ESPN2

 

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