Other B1G Team Notes 2022-23


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The 2021-22 Big Ten Conference Championship winning Ohio State Buckeyes added their second forward from the transfer portal on Thursday. Syracuse forward Eboni Walker announced on Instagram that she’s now a Buckeye.

Walker dons Scarlet & Gray after a season at Arizona State University before transferring to Syracuse for the 21/22 season. In six appearances, Walker averaged 22.3 minutes off the bench where she averaged 4.2 points and 3.2 rebounds. Walker’s best performance came in her final game on Nov. 11 where the forward scored 12 points.

After that game, Walker didn’t play again. Syracuse medically ruled her out for the rest of the season, although details of the injury were never made public

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For the Buckeyes, Walker’s addition is big. Ohio State played with three primary forwards in 2021-22: starter Rebeka Mikulasikova, and backups Tanaya Beacham and Taylor Thierry. Mikulasikova and Thierry both return but Beacham played her final year of eligibility, holding the title of the sixth player on the Buckeyes.

The Scarlet & Gray were 10th in the B1G in rebounding margin, being outrebounded on an average of 1.3 rebounds per game. Ohio State struggled mostly on the offensive boards. Head coach Kevin McGuff’s side was 11th in offensive rebounds. This is after the offseason in which Dorka Juhasz (UConn) and Aaliyah Patty (Texas A&M), both starters, transferred out of McGuff’s program.

It’s too early to know where Walker lands on the roster, but returning from an injury to a new team is a challenge. Thierry came on strong as one of the most athletic players in the B1G and Mikulasikova started every game during the championship season. Wherever Walker lands, there’s a strong chance that her experience gets her minutes on the court for the 22/23 season.

Walker has a third forward to compete against in Karla Vreš. Like Walker, Vreš announced her transfer to the Buckeyes this offseason from American University on May 10
 

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Indiana fills assistant coach position with Linda Sayavongchanh. She's a recruiting coordinator with an upper mid-west focus.

Linda Sayavongchanh has joined Teri Moren's staff as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Sayavongchanh comes to Bloomington from Omaha, where she spent spent seven years in the same roles for Creighton. Her first official day with the Hoosiers was June 1.

Prior to Creighton, Sayavongchanh spent two years as an assistant coach at Saint Louis. She started her career at Minnesota-Duluth as a graduate assistant in 2007 for two years, then took an assistant coaching job at Drake in 2009. She coached at North Dakota for the 2012-13 season before joining the Billikens.
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Sayavongchanh has an existing relationship with one of IU's top recruiting targets in 2024 four star guard Britt Prince from Omaha. Creighton extended Prince her first Division I offer in 2020, before her freshman year at Elkhorn North High School. IU offered Prince on an unofficial visit in June 2021.
 


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Two sport athlete Maggie Mendelson arrives in Lincoln.

The Nebraska women’s basketball team now has a 17-year-old player on its team.

Two-sport Husker athlete Maggie Mendelson arrived in Lincoln last weekend. She’ll play both basketball and volleyball at Nebraska, and in time, that should pay off for both programs.

Mendelson has played for the U.S. youth national team in both sports. She’s the No. 4 national recruit in volleyball and No. 32 in basketball.

Mendelson graduated from high school one full year early, reclassifying to the 2022 recruiting class.

The 6-foot-5 center from Ogden, Utah, will spend most of her first month in Lincoln with the basketball team. While Mendelson only recently turned 17, Nebraska basketball coach Amy Williams says she doesn’t look out of place.
 


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Penn State's Maggie Lucas, after a couple of months as Director of Player Development, is promoted to assistant coach.


UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State women's basketball head coach Carolyn Kieger announced Thursday the elevation of Lady Lions' all-time great Maggie Lucas to assistant coach. Lucas returned to her alma mater in May as Director of Player Development.

Kieger on Lucas: "We are thrilled to elevate Maggie Lucas to an assistant coach. She has an incredible passion for Lady Lion basketball and knows what it takes to win championships here. She is no doubt the perfect fit to help our program get back to the top."

Lucas on her new role: "I am beyond excited about my promotion to assistant coach! It is an amazing opportunity and full circle moment in my journey with Penn State women's basketball. Since returning to Happy Valley, I have truly been inspired by the energy and passion of Coach Keiger, our players and the entire staff. I have so much faith in this program and the new heights we will reach. It's good to be home!"

About Lucas: Lucas joined the Penn State this offseason after concluding an eight-year professional career, including four seasons in the WNBA. She played three seasons with the Indiana Fever (2014-16) and split the 2018 season with the Atlanta Dream and Dallas Wings.

While playing for Lulea in Sweden in 2021, she led the team to an SBLDAM Championship and was the league's finals MVP. Lucas was named All-Euro Cup first team in 2022 while playing for Dinamo Sassari.

Lucas' name is all over the Penn State record books. She won three major Big Ten awards: player of the year in 2013 (coaches & media) and 2014 (media) and the consensus freshman of the year in 2011. She was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection and a four-time All-Big Ten honoree.

Lucas led Penn State to three-straight Big Ten regular season titles in 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14. The Lady Lions played in the NCAA Tournament all four years with Lucas on campus and made Sweet 16 appearances in 2012 and 2014.

A Wade Trophy and Wooden Award Finalist in 2013 and 2014, Lucas was a second-team AP All-American in 2013 and third-team AP All-American in 2014. She was a two-time USBWA All-American, two-time Full-Court All-American and Full-Court Freshman All-American.

Lucas is the only player in program history with over 2,000 points (2,510), 500 rebounds (541), 250 assists (286) and 200 steals (237).

She ranks second all-time at Penn State with 2,510 career points and holds the second-best career scoring average (19.0 ppg). Her 2,510 points rank eighth All-Time in the Big Ten.

She holds three of the Top 10 scoring seasons in program history with 672 points in 2013-14, 644 points in 2012-13 and 642 points in 2011-12, while holding the freshman scoring record with 552 points in 2010-11.

Known for her incredible shooting abilities, Lucas holds the Penn State record for career three-point fields goals with 365. Her 365 career threes rank third all-time in the Big Ten.

She also ranks third all-time at PSU with a 41.5 three-point field goal percentage. She owns Penn State's season three-point field goals record (112 in 2010-11).

Lucas has the Penn State records for career free throws (547), career free throw percentage (90.7) and season free throws (185, 2013-14).

She shot a Big Ten-record 94.9 percent from the free-throw line in 2013-14, good for the eighth-best season percentage in NCAA Division I history. Her 90.7 career free throw percentage, also a Big Ten record, also ranks eighth all-time in NCAA Division I
 







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Maryland's Allie Kubek suffers ACL injury:

Maryland women’s basketball junior guard Allie Kubek sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and will miss the 2022-2023 season, according to a team spokesperson.

Kubek transferred from Towson this past offseason where she averaged 14.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last year. She is a career 48% shooter from the field and was named to the All-CAA team last season.

She entered Maryland at a transformative time in the program with multiple players leaving the team last season for other schools. She was one of five players Frese acquired via the transfer portal for this season’s roster.

Kubek was expected play an important role for Maryland, providing depth to its potent backcourt.

The Terps now have 12 active players on the roster.
 

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Four questions as Purdue's Katie Gearlds enters her second season:

What do the transfers bring?​

Gearlds went shopping in the portal and added post Caitlyn Harper, the WAC’s Player of the Year at Cal Baptist, and Lasha Petree, who played last season at Rutgers.

Purdue had one post player last season - Rickie Woltman - but the 6-foot-2 Harper brings more size and depth but can also stretch the defense with a solid perimeter game. Gearlds envisions Petree as her prototypical wing player.

“Long, athletic, can score the ball from the outside and can get to the rim,” Gearlds said. “You look at our roster and you say ‘Hey, who can go get us a bucket?’ I think Lasha fills that need – ‘Hey, go get us a bucket.’ ”

Who's the point guard?​

Jeanae Terry, who posted two triple-doubles last season, remains the primary point guard. But other options are on the roster allowing the Boilermakers to present different lineups, including Abbey Ellis and Madison Layden.

“The ball is in Jeanae’s hands, and I really love Abbey off the ball,” Gearlds said. “She does so well in the open floor and if we can kick it up to her and run her off screens, she can score.

“I think you'll see Madison at the point in a backup role more so than last year, just trying to keep Abbey off the ball.”

Can Jayla Smith take the next step?​

Gearlds challenged the 2021 Indiana Miss Basketball from Lawrence North to improve her game during the offseason. Smith can play a big role at both ends of the floor, giving the Boilermakers an athletic presence.

Smith’s conditioning is better than last season and that's allowed her to excel in workouts over the summer.

“She's taking strides that we weren't sure if she was going to take and she's taken them,” Gearlds said. “I just think her understanding that it's really not that hard. I think that her conditioning last year, she had her hands on her knees and didn't know how to push through the wall.

“Now when it gets hard, she's the one encouraging people. She knows it's her time and we've talked a lot about it. ‘You're Indiana Miss Basketball. This is what we do. You’re from Indiana, you come to Purdue, and this is what we do.' She's embraced the opportunity.”


Here is Purdue women's basketball schedule for 2022-23 season



Does the roster feature more versatility?​

No longer are players “pigeonholed” into one position, Gearlds said. Most can play multiple spots, giving the Boilermakers and their coach plenty of flexibility in mixing and matching personnel.

“Maybe come February, our legs are fresher,” Gearlds said. “We talked with (Layden) about not having to guard the other team's best player for 40 minutes. We've got Jayla and Lasha now as options to really use their length, so she's not dog-tired at the end of games or the end of the season. We have some options and some versatility. My offensive mind is going crazy, honestly.”

Roster updates​

Freshman guard Ainhoa Holzer will redshirt this season after undergoing knee surgery. ... Skye Williams, who was a freshman last season, has taken a medical redshirt and remains in school. She is no longer with the program.
 

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Last Season

The Buckeyes were reeling last year. They lost two starting caliber players to the transfer portal, and their first year back into postseason eligibility following NCAA recruiting sanctions didn’t look like it would end like it did.

A big part of a Sweet Sixteen run and regular season title was Mikesell. On Nov. 7, 2021, the NCAA ruled the guard eligible after transferring from the Oregon Ducks. Mikesell had the freedom to shoot and shoot often.

Mikesell was second in nation with 114 three-pointers made in 240 attempts. While assists were down slightly compared to Mikesell’s first two college years with Maryland, the Buckeyes didn’t need that part of her game. Instead, Mikesell brought scoring consistency and rose to the occasion multiple times throughout the year.

The Northeast Ohio native started every game of the year, including nine games where Mikesell never sat on the bench. That work landed Mikesell on the All-B1G First Team and in the group of five finalists for the Ann Meyers-Drysdale Shooting Guard of the Year award.
 



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The Badgers Halle Douglass to miss remainder of season

MADISON, Wis. – Junior Halle Douglass of the Wisconsin women's basketball team will miss the remainder of the 2022-23 season due to a right knee injury.

Douglass, a team captain, sustained the injury during the second quarter of Sunday's game at Illinois State.

Statement from Head Coach Marisa Moseley
"My heart hurts for Halle and our team right now as we all process the news of her injury. Halle has been an integral part of our success since our arrival in Madison. I am confident that she will come back stronger and even more impactful upon her return!"
 

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South Dakota State knocked off #10 Louisville.

Last season, Louisville was a Final Four team.

Last season, South Dakota State beat Minnesota Gophers in the WNIT Tournament.

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Indiana Sweeps Week Awards

Player of the Week
Mackenzie Holmes, Indiana
Sr. – F – Gorham, Maine – Gorham – Major: Human Development & Family Studies


• Averaged 26.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game with an .880 field-goal percentage and a double-double as No. 6/5 Indiana won both of its games at last weekend’s Las Vegas Invitational
• Went a perfect 10-for-10 from field in a Nov. 25 win over Auburn, scoring 26 points and grabbing 12 rebounds — her field-goal percentage was three made field goals shy of the Big Ten record, which she also shares (13-of-13 vs. Eastern Kentucky on Nov. 25, 2020)
• Tallied 27 points (12-15 FG) and five rebounds the following night in a victory over Memphis
• A two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2021, 2022) and a 2021 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar
• Earns her fourth career Big Ten Player of the Week award
• Last Indiana Player of the Week: Grace Berger (Feb. 14, 2022)

Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll

Caitlin Clark, Jr., G, IOWA
Emily Kiser, Grad., F, MICH
Rebeka Mikulášiková, Sr., F, OSU



Freshman of the Week
Yarden Garzon, Indiana
G – Ra’anana, Israel – Ostrovsky – Major: Economics


• Averaged 19.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game with a 3.33 assist/turnover ratio and a .583 three-point percentage last weekend as No. 6/5 Indiana rolled to victories over Auburn and Memphis at the Las Vegas Invitational
• Scored 21 points (4-7 3FG) and added six rebounds and six assists in the Nov. 25 win over Auburn
• Contributed 17 points (3-5 3FG), six rebounds and four assists the next night against Memphis
• Collects her first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
• Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Mackenzie Holmes (Jan. 20, 2020)


2022-23 Big Ten Players of the Week
Nov. 14

P: Monika Czinano, 5th-Yr., IOWA
F: Mara Braun, MINN

Nov. 21
P: Diamond Miller, Sr., MD
F: Mallory Heyer, MINN
F: Serah Williams, WIS

Nov. 28
P: Mackenzie Holmes, Sr., IND
F: Yarden Garzon, IND


 


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One writer's opinion, a mostly Ohio State follower:

Big Ten conference basketball returns! Women’s basketball power rankings for the first week of B1G action​

With almost four weeks of the season done and conference play at the forefront, how do the teams rank?

Standings are great. They crown champions and separate the most successful teams from the cellar dwellers. Power rankings are different. They try to find which team is the best, which is something game-in and game-out schedules can hide with upsets and slip-ups.

After over three weeks of the season, its time to decide which Big Ten women’s basketball team is the best. Unlike polls that start from the preseason, these rankings start after teams have already taken the court and start to show what they’re all about, to avoid any No. 5 Tennessee Volunteers preseason situations as they now sit outside of the top 25.

Without further ado, here’s how the teams rank so far.


1 - Indiana Hoosiers

Last Week: N/A​

Upcoming B1G Games: Dec. 4 at Illinois​

The Indiana Hoosiers are one of three teams in the conference heading into Big Ten play with a perfect record. It’s not only the perfection of their 8-0 start, but who they’ve beaten.

While beating the Tennessee Volunteers doesn’t look like as big of a feat in hindsight, their ACC/B1G win against No. 6 North Carolina — a start-to-finish dominating 87-63 result — is made even more impressive with guard Grace Berger watching the win on crutches from the bench.



2 - Ohio State Buckeyes

Last Week: N/A​

Upcoming B1G Games: Dec. 4 at Rutgers

It’s undeniable that the Ohio State Buckeyes are off to a fantastic start to the season. If there could be a 1A and 1B in the power rankings, the Scarlet & Gray would be up there too, but the tiebreaker is the ranked wins.

Sure, Ohio State has great wins against Tennessee and No. 18 Louisville Cardinals, but both of those teams are not at the same levels as they’ve been in recent history. They’re both loaded with talent, but the experience of the Buckeyes have put both teams with relatively new chemistry forming into a chokehold in 40-minute games.




3 - Michigan Wolverines

Last Week: N/A​

Upcoming B1G Games: Dec. 4 vs. Northwestern​

It seems like an easy pick to put the Michigan Wolverines in at three because they’re the third team with no losses on their record, but a reason they’re up here is because of slip-ups from some other conference powers and one big win.

The Wolverines haven’t had a tough non-conference schedule, starting a bit lighter than usual with center Haz Hillmon now in the WNBA with the Atlanta Dream. However, their win against No. 21 Baylor Bears gives them an edge. Forward Emily Kiser’s point average shot up to 20.1 this season after last year’s career high of 9.3 points per game, making the Hillmon departure not nearly as big of a storyline.



4 - Maryland Terrapins

Last Week: N/A​

Upcoming B1G Games: Dec. 4 vs. Nebraska​

Outstanding guard Diamond Miller is the reason the Maryland Terrapins are competing this season, and why they’re at four on the list.

NCAA Womens Basketball: Maryland at Notre Dame
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After some stumbles, although losing to the No. 1 South Carolina Gamecocks is hardly a shock, Miller is healthy again and leading the Terrapins into a surprisingly good season with two stars transferring out in the offseason.

Thursday, Miller hit the game-winning buzzer-beater to defeat the No. 7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 74-72. They’re a scary team for anyone in the Big Ten to face, as long as Miller stays healthy.



5 - Iowa Hawkeyes

Last Week: N/A​

Upcoming B1G Games: Dec. 4 at Wisconsin​

A lot about what’s said of Miller above could apply to Naismith Player of the Year finalist Caitlin Clark. In the Iowa Hawkeyes game against the NC State Wolfpack, Clark scored 45 points — a season-high for an individual scoring performance so far in the early NCAA season. The difference between the two? Iowa lost, and it wasn’t close.

NC State came to Iowa and handed the Clarkeyes a 94-81 defeat. Iowa started the year as a No. 4 seed, but the challenges they’ve placed in front of them this year have all gone against them. Losing to No. 3 UConn in a close game isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but losing to Kansas State isn’t great.

Their best win this year is an away game against the Drake Bulldogs, where it took overtime to beat the unranked side.



6 - Purdue Boilermakers

Last Week: N/A​

Upcoming B1G Games: Dec. 5 at Michigan State

The only tarnish on the Purdue Boilermakers schedule this season is a loss to Florida State, which isn’t much of a tarnish at all. They also haven’t exactly challenged themselves.

Their win against the Syracuse Orange on Wednesday was convincing, but games against the Michigan State Spartans and No. 20 Maryland Terrapins will show a lot more of what this year’s team is about.



7 - Illinois Fighting Illini

Last Week: N/A​

Upcoming B1G Games: Dec. 4 at No. 5 Indiana​

Illinois has created an extra favorable schedule for themselves, including a 100-point win against the same McNeese Cowgirls the Buckeyes put up 99 points on. Until the ACC/B1G Challenge, there wasn’t a sign that this team was going to compete once bigger names arrived on the schedule, especially after losing to the University of Delaware at the Daytona Beach Invitational.

Then, on Wednesday, the Illini put up a 21-point win over the Pitt Panthers. Pitt isn’t the stiffest competition in the ACC, but the win shows that maybe Illinois is better than expected?



8 - Minnesota Golden Gophers

Last Week: N/A​

Upcoming B1G Games: Dec. 3 vs. Penn State​

The beginning of the season was exciting for the Minnesota Golden Gophers. They had a last-second win against Lehigh University, and came within three points of beating the Virginia Cavaliers on the ACC side’s home court.

One reason is their two freshman standouts in Mara Braun and forward Mallory Heyer. Braun hit a buzzer-beating three against Lehigh and leads the team in scoring with 19.7 points per game. Hayer won B1G Freshman of the Week, averaging nine points and six rebounds per game.

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Guard Mara Braun (10) during her 26-point performance against Wake Forest. Twitter | @GopherWBB

If those two stay consistent in their first years, they’ll be a fun and interesting team to watch.



9 - Penn State Nittany Lions

Last Week: N/A​

Upcoming B1G Games: Dec. 3 at Minnesota​

The Penn State Nittany Lions are in an opposite situation from Illinois in the first power rankings. Guard Makenna Marisa and the Lions would be higher up this list if not for the ACC/B1G Challenge.

On Nov. 21, Penn State came back for the second largest comeback win in conference history, and largest in program history, when they beat Syracuse after being down by 21 points.

Wednesday, they faced an unranked but undefeated Virginia Cavaliers side in Happy Valley. The Nittany Lions were beaten comfortably, and only scored seven points in the first quarter. A single loss doesn’t ruin a season, but it looked a lot like Penn State games over the last couple seasons.



10 - Michigan State Spartans

Last Week: N/A​

Upcoming B1G Games: Dec. 5 vs. Purdue​

The Michigan State Spartans had a lot they had to make up this season, highlighted by someone on the Spartans’ beat prior to the season’s tip. The Spartans had six comfortable wins against some smaller teams, but once ranked sides showed up its been a different story.

Sparty is on a three-game losing streak, falling comfortably to the Iowa Cyclones and getting edged by the Oregon Ducks. At the last ACC/B1G Challenge, they fell to Georgia Tech. Losing guard Nia Clouden and forward Tamara Farquhar in the offseason has created a big hole that will take time to fill.



11 - Nebraska Cornhuskers

Last Week: N/A​

Upcoming B1G Games: Dec. 4 at Maryland​

Last season, the Nebraska Cornhuskers were the surprise team in the conference. That let them not surprise many people this season, entering ranked No. 22 in the preseason AP poll.

This season, Nebraska’s struggled. A no good, very bad week saw the Cornhuskers on the wrong side of a 77-51 defeat to the No. 20 Creighton Bluejays, and then losing to the Drake Bulldogs by 18 points four days later.

The duo of center Alexis Markowski and guard Jaz Shelley hasn’t been enough to compete against top sides. Against the No. 9-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies, Shelley had six assists but only four points in a lopsided 85-54 defeat.



12 - Northwestern Wildcats

Last Week: N/A​

Upcoming B1G Games: Dec. 4 at No. 17 Michigan​

Nearing the end of the rankings are the Northwestern Wildcats. Northwestern lost their two lone ranked games by 53 and 34 points against the Oregon Ducks and Notre Dame, respectively.

Forward Veronica Burton, a three-time B1G Defensive Player of the Year, isn’t replaceable, and its showing this season.



13 - Wisconsin Badgers

Last Week: N/A​

Upcoming B1G Games: Dec. 4 vs. No. 10 Iowa​

Sitting near the bottom of the power rankings — and last in the standings — this season in the Big Ten are the Wisconsin Badgers. At 3-6 thus far, the Badgers are scoring more than years past, but are also allowing more scoring from opponents.

They might not be last for long, with a possible momentum-building five-point defeat against Florida State in the ACC/B1G Challenge.



14 - Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Last Week: N/A​

Upcoming B1G Games: Dec. 4 vs. No. 4 Ohio State​

When Rutgers announced they’d have an eight-player team this season, it brought up a lot of questions and intrigue. The answers haven’t gone the Scarlet Knight’s way.

To be fair, they’ve packed nine games into their early season schedule, including the Tennessee Volunteers and Texas Longhorns, but they lost both of them handedly. Against Boston College this week, they lost by 14 points and now have to face the Buckeyes, who beat the same BC Eagles by 18.

Things get easier for Rutgers from there, not playing another ranked team after the Buckeyes until Jan. 2 against Maryland, but they’re currently at a -5 turnover margin and giving up 20.9 possessions a game. Not a great time to welcome the team with the highest turnover margin in the NCAA to New Jersey this weekend.

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This news is a couple days old. Some highlights:
  • The Big Ten Conference remains tied for the national lead among all conferences with three top-10 and five top-25 teams in this week’s Associated Press poll. The Big Ten also had three top-10 programs in the AP poll for seven weeks last season. In the latest media survey, Ohio State remains No. 4 (the Buckeyes’ highest ranking since reaching the same No. 4 spot on Jan. 25, 2010), followed by Indiana, which moved up to No. 5 this week. Iowa is next at No. 10, with Michigan also on the rise to No. 17. Maryland rounds out the Big Ten contingent at No. 20.

  • For the third consecutive week, the Big Ten shares the national lead with three top-10 schools and five top-25 teams in the WBCA/USA Today coaches’ poll — No. 4 Indiana, No. 5 Ohio State, No. 10 Iowa, No. 20 Michigan and No. 21 Maryland, with Nebraska receiving votes. The Big Ten also had three top-10 teams in the coaches’ poll for nine weeks last year, including the final poll after the NCAA Tournament.

  • On Sunday, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame unveiled its Class of 2023 induction class, which will include two Big Ten Conference legends — former Purdue head coach Carolyn Peck, who led the Boilermakers to their first NCAA national championship in 1999, and current Minnesota head coach/former All-America guard Lindsay Whalen, who guided the Golden Gophers to their first NCAA Final Four berth in 2004 and was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame back in September. Peck and Whalen will join 12 previous enshrinees with Big Ten ties, the most recent being former Ohio State All-America guard Katie Smith in 2018.

  • As of Tuesday, the Big Ten leads all Division I conferences in scoring (78.0 ppg.), field-goal percentage (.458), three-point percentage (.338), assists (17.6 apg.) and steals (10.0 spg.).

  • It’s called “sharing the sugar”, and so far this season, no conference has been sweeter when it comes to the assist game than the Big Ten. Nine conference schools rank among the top 25 in the country in assists, paced by Ohio State (1st - 21.8 apg.), Indiana (6th - 20.0 apg.) and Michigan State (10th - 19.2 apg.). Purdue senior guard Jeanae Terry is second in the country in assists (8.3 apg.) and has posted double-digit assist totals in three games this year, tying her career high with 12 in a Nov. 20 win over Indiana State.

  • Ohio State became the eighth different Big Ten Conference school to score 100 points in a game this season, reaching that mark in its last two outings (105-52 vs. Wright State on Nov. 23; 105-67 vs. North Alabama on Sunday). [NOTE: Minnesota scored 101 against Lehigh.] The Buckeyes’ performances further illustrate the trend in recent years of an exciting brand of up-tempo Big Ten basketball. This season, six Big Ten schools are averaging more than 80 points per game, and all rank among the nation’s top 25 scoring offenses (including three of the top 10) reside in the Big Ten, led by Ohio State (3rd - 94.0 ppg.), Indiana (7th - 88.7 ppg.) and Iowa (10th - 86.0 ppg.).

  • Ohio State also nabbed 19 steals on Nov. 23 against Wright State, the fifth consecutive game the Buckeyes have posted double-digit steals (OSU’s longest such streak since December 2009). Ohio State currently is No. 1 in the country in turnovers forced (29.8 per game) and turnover margin (+16.83 per game), and second in steals (18.5 spg.).

  • Big Ten programs have a 76-23 (.768) combined record this year, prevailing by an average margin of 27.4 points per game, with 33 of those wins by at least 30 points. Highlighting the Big Ten’s success are four Top 25 wins (Ohio State vs. No. 5/4 Tennessee; Indiana at No. 11/4 Tennessee; Maryland at No. 17/17 Baylor; Michigan vs. No. 21/20 Baylor). Since the start of the 2019-20 season, Big Ten schools are a combined 345-112 (.755) in non-conference regular-season games, the best stretch in conference history.

 




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