• The Big Ten enters its last week of conference play on Wednesday with all 14 schools in action this weekend. No. 3 Minnesota at No. 7 Penn State and No. 8 Wisconsin at No. 7 Penn State will be aired live on BTN, while ten of the remaining games will be steamed live on BTN Plus.
• The No. 3 Minnesota Gophers claimed the outright Big Ten Championship by virtue of its 3-2 (23-25, 25-20, 25-13, 23-25, 15-11) win against Ohio State on Saturday, Nov. 17. With the victory, the Gophers (24-2; 18-0 Big Ten) claimed their third Big Ten title and first since the 2015 season.
• For the eleventh week in a row, seven Big Ten programs claimed spots in this week’s AVCA poll, with five teams ranked among the top 10: No. 3 Minnesota, No. 4 Illinois, No. 6 Nebraska, No. 7 Penn State, No. 8 Wisconsin, No. 12 Purdue and No. 18 Michigan.
• Nine Big Ten volleyball teams are ranked in the top 60 of the NCAA RPI: No. 2 Minnesota, No. 4 Illinois, No. 6 Wisconsin, No. 11 Nebraska, No. 13 Penn State, No. 16 Purdue, No. 18 Michigan, No. 53 Maryland and No. 57 Indiana.
• Based on past opponents’ winning percentage, eight Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 25 for toughest schedules in the nation. The Badgers are fourth (.644), Illinois is ninth (.636), Minnesota follows at 10th (.620), Michigan is 11th (.623), Nebraska is 17th (.609), Ohio State is 18th (.616), Purdue is No. 21 (.614) and Northwestern is No. 24 (.601).
• Per NCAA statistics, the Big Ten holds a .632 winning percentage which ranks first among all Division I conferences.
• Big Ten teams currently obtain three of the top-15 positions on the national team hitting percentage list. Minnesota leads the conference at No. 5 with a .297 hitting percentage, Wisconsin is 10th at .280, and Illinois is No. 11 in the NCAA, boasting a .278 team hitting percentage.
• Big Ten students currently occupy two of the top-10 spots nationally in hitting percentage. Wisconsin’s Dana Rettke leads the nation with a .430 hitting percentage and Minnesota’s Regan Pittman is No. 6 averaging a .405 hitting percentage.
• Three Big Ten students hold top-15 positions nationally in assists per set. Wisconsin’s Sydney Hilley paces the conference at No. 5 averaging 11.95 helpers per set, Minnesota’s Samantha Seliger-Swenson is No. 9 with 11.72 and Illinois’ Jordyn Poulter is 11th with 11.64 assists per set.
• Four active Big Ten coaches have recorded at least 600 career wins: Penn State’s Russ Rose (1,268), Nebraska’s John Cook (714), Michigan State’s Cathy George (638) and Michigan’s Mark Rosen (613). Rose ranks first among active Division I coaches in career victories, while Cook ranks 10th, George is 15th and Rosen is No. 18.
• Based on average attendance, the Big Ten currently has ten of the nation’s top 25 programs, including three in the top-five spots. Nebraska leads the nation, averaging 8,186 fans per contest, Wisconsin is second with 7,052 and Minnesota is fourth at 5,354. Penn State checks in at No. 6 with 3,362, Michigan State is seventh with 3,066, Illinois is 14th with 2,429, Purdue is 19th with 2,213, Ohio State is 20th with 2,089, Iowa is No. 21 with 2,087 and Michigan is No. 25 with 1,755 patrons per contest.
• The media credential application for the 2018 Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship is now available. Media interested in covering the event can log on to ncaa.com/media and access the credential application via the link under the credential icon.
Standings Conf. Overall Streak
Minnesota 18-0 24-2 W19
Illinois 15-3 26-3 W11
Nebraska 13-5 22-6 W6
Penn State 13-5 22-6 W2
Wisconsin 13-5 20-6 W4
Purdue 11-7 22-7 W1
Michigan 9-9 20-9 W1
Maryland 8-10 17-13 L2
Indiana 7-11 16-13 L1
Iowa 6-12 14-15 L2
Mich St. 5-13 17-14 L1
Nwestern 5-13 15-15 L2
Ohio State 3-15 12-18 L10
Rutgers 0-18 6-25 L18
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