Weekly Big Ten Men's Basketball Central

• Big Ten action kicks off with a trio of games on Tuesday as Maryland hosts Purdue at 6:30 p.m., on BTN; Michigan State travels to Wisconsin for a 7 p.m., tip on ESPN2 and Michigan heads to Penn State for an 8:30 p.m., game on BTN. 

• Of the 89 conference games played, 56.2 percent (50 games) have been decided by 10 points or fewer with 12 games separated by one possession. Home teams are winning 62 percent of Big Ten conference games, with a record of 54-33. 

• Big Ten programs are playing a 20-game conference schedule for the first time this season. Each team will play seven opponents both home and away and six teams once. The 2019 Big Ten Tournament will be held from March 13-17 at the United Center in Chicago for the 10th time in conference history, equaling the number of events also held in Indianapolis. 

• Big Ten school compiled a 121-30 overall record in non-conference games for a 79.1 win percentage. The Big Ten totaled 33 wins against power conference opponents.

• Six different Big Ten programs are ranked in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches poll this week: Michigan (No. 6 AP/No. 7 USAT), Michigan State (No. 11/12), Purdue (No. 12/11), Wisconsin (No. 20/23), Iowa (No. 21/17) and Maryland (No. 24/25). During the 2018-19 season, nine different Big Ten programs have been ranked in the Top 25.

• For a seven-week span from Nov. 19-Dec. 31, at least six Big Ten programs were ranked in each poll. A season-best eight Big Ten teams were ranked in the Dec. 3 USA Today/Coaches Poll. Seven teams were ranked in the AP Poll in four different weeks (most recently Dec. 31), the most for the Big Ten since the 1998-99 season.

• Michigan (22-2, 11-2) began the year with its best start in program history (17-0), surpassing 16-0 starts in 2012-13 and 1985-86. It was the best start to a season for a Big Ten program since Ohio State started 2010-11 at 24-0. The Wolverines lead the Big Ten and rank second in the nation in scoring defense (57.1 ppg) and stand first in fewest turnovers per game (9.2). Michigan is 15-0 at home this season, including a 7-0 home mark in conference action. 

• Purdue (17-6, 10-2) has won eight games in a row to move into second place in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers have won 15 consecutive home games and are 40-4 vs. Big Ten opponents at home since the start of the 2014-15 season. Overall, Purdue is 61-4 since the start of the 2015-16 season at Mackey Arena. Junior guard Carsen Edwards is seventh in the nation in scoring, with a Big Ten-best 24.6 ppg. 

• Michigan State (19-5, 10-3) ranks in the Top 5 nationally in several categories: assists per game (20.2/first), field goal percentage defense (37.1/third), blocks per game (5.7/fourth), rebound margin (+9.2/fifth), and rebounds per game (42.1/fifth). Junior guard Cassius Winston is second nationally with a Big Ten-best 7.7 assists per game.

• Wisconsin (17-7, 9-4) is led by senior Ethan Happ, who is the only player in the nation with multiple triple-doubles this season. Happ is averaging 18.3 ppg (fifth in Big Ten), 10.5 rpg (third) and 4.9 apg (third). Happ is the only individual in the Big Ten to rank among the Top 5 in those stats. No college player has posted season averages of 17.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg and 5.0 apg dating back to at least the 1996-97 season. Happ (1,126) is third in career rebounds in the Big Ten. 

• Maryland (18-6, 9-4) is 5-0 in home Big Ten games this season. Sophomore Bruno Fernando is sixth in the nation in field goal percentage (66.2%) and has 15 double-doubles, with one in each of the last six games.

• Iowa (19-5, 8-5) has won eight of its last 10 games following Sunday’s last-second win on a Jordan Bohannon 3-pointer. Iowa posted an 11-0 mark in non-conference play including winning the championship of the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden.

• Minnesota (16-8, 6-7) senior Jordan Murphy is second in career rebounds in the Big Ten (1,195) behind Ohio State’s Jerry Lucas (1,411) and is the second-leading active rebounder in the nation. Murphy is fourth nationally in rebounds per game with a Big Ten-best 11.9 rpg. He is second in the NCAA with 16 double-doubles and holds the Minnesota program record with 60.

• Illinois (9-15, 5-8) swept the Big Ten weekly honors with a pair of freshmen - the first time such an occurrence in Big Ten history - as Giorgi Bezhanishvili (25.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg) and Ayo Dosunmu (18.0 ppg, 4.0 apg) claimed player and freshman, respectively. 

• Seven active Big Ten coaches have posted 200 or more career wins, including four with at least 400 wins. Michigan’s John Beilein (821-462) earned his 800th career coaching win in the Wolverines’ 2018-19 opener. Michigan State’s Tom Izzo has 593 career victories, all with the Spartans. Nebraska’s Tim Miles is seven wins from the 400-win plateau in his career and won his 100th game with the Huskers on Nov. 14. Iowa’s Fran McCaffery and Maryland’s Mark Turgeon both surpassed 400 career wins in 2017-18. Purdue’s Matt Painter won his 300th game as Purdue’s head coach on Nov. 23 vs. Robert Morris. Rutgers’ Steve Pikiell has more than 200 career wins and Northwestern’s Chris Collins reached 100 wins on Jan. 22.

Big Ten Men's Basketball Scoreboard (Feb. 11-17)

Feb. 12, 2019 

Purdue at Maryland

College Park, MD

6:30 pm 


Michigan State at Wisconsin

Madison, WI

7:00 pm 


Michigan at Penn State

University Park, PA

8:30 pm 


Feb. 13, 2019 

Rutgers at Northwestern

Evanston, IL

7:00 pm 


Minnesota at Nebraska

Lincoln, NE

9:00 pm 


Feb. 14, 2019 

Illinois at Ohio State

Columbus, OH

7:00 pm 


Feb. 16, 2019 

Maryland at Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI

12:00 pm 


Indiana at Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN

2:00 pm 


Penn State at Purdue

West Lafayette, IN

4:00 pm 


Iowa at Rutgers

Piscataway, NJ

6:00 pm 

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Northwestern at Nebraska

Lincoln, NE

8:30 pm 


Feb. 17, 2019 

Ohio State at Michigan State

East Lansing, MI

1:00 pm