Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball: Week 15

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ROARING ‘20s: Three Big Ten teams have compiled 20 wins this season, tying the Big 12 to lead the nation amongst all conferences. Michigan State (20-6), Ohio State (20-6) and Purdue (21-3) achieved the benchmark last week, beginning with the Boilers, who notched their 22nd 20-win campaign with a win over the Spartans on Tuesday.

 

FORMIDABLE FOES: Four Big Ten teams are among a small cluster of 11 programs to have earned at least four wins over AP Top 25 foes this season. Ohio State has met eight ranked foes this season to match Georgetown and Marquette as the most highly-contested teams in the nation.

 

VETERAN VITALITY: Each of Purdue’s three juniors – Robbie Hummel, JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore–have eclipsed the century mark for their careers this season, giving the Boilermakers three 1,000-point scorers on the same team for the first time in a decade.

 

BALANCING ACT: Ohio State showcased its highly-touted balanced scoring attack last week as all five Buckeye starters averaged double-digit scoring figures in a pair of road wins over Indiana and Illinois.

 

CHAIRMEN OF THE BOARDS: Michigan State secured its commanding lead on the boards this week, improving its rebounding margin to a plus 9.5 to lead the conference. The margin is double that of the next closest team.

 

PROTECTING THE ROCK: Seven Big Ten teams landed spots among the top 25 on the national leaderboard in assists-to-turnover ratio to lead all Division I conferences.

 

DEEP DISH: Four Big Ten programs rank among the top 25 in assists per game according to the latest national stats report, including a Division I-leading three teams in the top 10.