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College Basketball – Big Ten Weekly Men’s Basketball Central – Nov. 19

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• Seven Big Ten programs are ranked in the Top 25 in either the Associated Press or USA Today/Coaches Polls, released on Monday. With six teams ranked in the AP Poll, it marks the first time the Big Ten has six teams ranked in an in-season poll since the Jan. 14, 2013 poll. Six were ranked in the 2015-16 preseason AP Poll. The last time six Big Ten teams were ranked in the USA Today/Coaches Poll was the final poll of the 2015-16 season. 

• Overall, 10 Big Ten programs are ranked or receiving votes in a poll this week: Michigan (No. 9 AP/No. 8 USAT), Michigan State (No. 11/No. 11), Iowa (No. 20/No. 22), Ohio State (No. 23/No. 23), Purdue (No. 24/No. 19), Wisconsin (No. 25/RV), Nebraska (RV/No. 24). Additionally, Indiana and Maryland are among the top four in others receiving votes in both polls and Minnesota is receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

• In the first two weeks of the season, the Big Ten has amassed a 45-6 combined record, a winning percentage of .882, which ranks second among all Division I conferences.

• Michigan is 5-0 after winning the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament in Connecticut last weekend. On Nov. 14, Michigan defeated No. 8 Villanova, 73-46, in a rematch of the 2018 NCAA Championship Game. The Wolverines are off their best start since opening 2012-13 with 16 consecutive victories.

• For the fifth consecutive season, Maryland is off to a 5-0 start. Bruno Fernando leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage, making 82.9 percent of his shots through five games (34-of-41). That includes an 8-for-8 performance vs. Hofstra last week, the most field goals made by a Terrapin without a miss in a game since Sean Mosley was also 8-for-8 in 2010.

• Iowa is off to a 4-0 start for the first time since the 2013-14 season and is ranked for the first time since the final poll of the 2015-16 season. The Hawkeyes captured the championship of the 2K Empire Classic at Madison Square Garden with victories over then-No. 13 Oregon and UConn last week. It was Iowa’s first in-season tournament championship since the 1998 San Juan Christmas Shootout. Luke Garza was named Classic MVP after averaging 16.0 ppg and 7.5 rebounds.

• Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the second week in a row as he has led the Badgers to a 3-0 start. With averages of 18.3 ppg, 12.0 rpg and 7.7 apg, Happ is the only player in the nation averaging more than 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists per game. Happ has double-doubles in all three games this season, giving him 34 in his career, third all-time at Wisconsin behind Joe Franklin (47 from 1966-68) and Kim Hughes (39 from 1972-74).

• Seven active Big Ten coaches have posted 200 or more career wins, including six with at least 300 victories and four with 400 wins. Michigan’s John Beilein earned his 800th career coaching win against Norfolk State in the Wolverines’ 2018-19 opener. Michigan State’s Tom Izzo has 577 career victories, all with the Spartans.  Nebraska’s Tim Miles is 17 wins from the 400-win plateau in his career and won his 100th game with the Huskers on Nov. 14 against Seton Hall. Iowa’s Fran McCaffery and Maryland’s Mark Turgeon both surpassed 400 career wins in 2017-18 while Purdue’s Matt Painter won his 300th game last year.

• Big Ten teams will compete in a 20-game conference schedule for the first time, playing seven teams both home and away and six teams once (three home and three away). All 14 Big Ten teams will play one conference home game and one road contest between Nov. 30 and Dec. 6.

• The 2019 Big Ten Tournament will be held from March 13-17, and will be played at the United Center in Chicago for the 10th time in conference history, equaling the number of events also held in Indianapolis. The Big Ten Tournament returns to the Midwest for a four-year span as it will be played Indianapolis in 2020 and 2022 and in Chicago in 2021.

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