BIG TEN BASKETBALL WILL BE A NIGHTLY BATTLE
December 23, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
The Big Ten conference season is just days away with four games coming up December 31st and two more on January 2nd. The only thing we know right now about the conference season is it will be a battle every night. Every team has a winning record including two teams, Ohio State and Wisconsin, remaining undefeated. Six other teams have already posted 10 wins. Yes, every team has played several cupcakes, but that will change very soon.
The opening week in the Big Ten will have several interesting match-ups including Indiana traveling to Illinois, Ohio State is at Purdue, Michigan State opens at upset minded Penn State, Nebraska travels to Iowa, Michigan is on the road at Minnesota and Wisconsin opens at Northwestern.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
As we prepare for the Big Ten season, here are some statistics to ponder….
Nine teams are averaging over 74.7 points per game…led by Iowa at 88.7
Seven teams are allowing 65.9 points per game and under…led by Ohio State at 55.9
Six teams are shooting .469% or better…led by Michigan State at .486%
10 teams are shooting 70% and higher from the free throw line…led by Minnesota at .776%
Five teams are holding their opponents under .397% field goal shooting…..led by Iowa at .363%
Eight teams are shooting .350% or better from three point range…led by Wisconsin at .403%
In rebounding, two teams have a +10 margin…led by Indiana at +14
Three teams are averaging over 14 offensive rebounds per game….led by Indiana at 15.1
Purdue leads the Big Ten in blocked shots per game at 6.3
Michigan State is averaging 19 assists per contest followed by Iowa at 18.4
Minnesota is averaging 8.8 steals per game….Nebraska is at 8.4
Ohio State’s turnover plus/minus ratio is +4.33…Nebraska’s is +4.18
Penn State has a two headed scoring monster in DJ Newbill at 18.9 ppg and Tim Frazier at 18.2 ppg. Both players rarely get a rest…both playing over 35 minutes per game
Wisconsin has four players scoring in double figures….Frank Kaminsky 14.6….Sam Dekker 14.6….Ben Brust 12.7 and Traevon Jackson 10.9
The Big Ten Freshman of the year? Take a look at IU’s Noah Vonleh. Vonleh is averaging 12.0 ppg…9.5 rpg…and is shooting 56 from the field
Best all-around player? How about Iowa’s Aaron White. White’s stat line….13.2 ppg…6.2 rpg….68% fg…86% ft.
Best Big Ten Player right now? Michigan State’s Adreian Payne. Payne is leading the Spartans in scoring at 18.1 ppg…is averaging 8.0 rebounds per game and is shooting 53%. The Spartans are 10-1.
Will Purdue’s AJ Hammons reach his potential? If he does and plays solid minutes, Hammons could be a dominant inside defensive player. Hammons is averaging 3.8 blocks per game.
Get ready Big Ten basketball fans….every night will be a war!