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Big Ten Men's Basketball Weekly Release

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Wisconsin's Kirk Penney

Penney, who received Wisconsin's Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2003, was the first Badger to earn back-to-back first-team All-Big Ten honors (2002-03) since 1951-52. In 2002, Penney helped Wisconsin clinch a share of its first Big Ten title in 55 years, and he was just the fifth Badger to earn unanimous first-team honors since 1948. He currently ranks second at Wisconsin in career three-point field goals made (217) and attempted (561), ninth in points (1,454) and 10th in field goals made (503). The Auckland, New Zealand native also ranks first in school history in total NCAA Tournament games (11). A four-year letterwinner, Penney earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2002 and was named an Associated Press honorable mention All-American in 2003. Penney played two seasons in the NBA with the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers and currently plays for Trabzonspor of the Turkish Basketball League.

 

Overtime Games Display Big Ten Depth:

Six games have been extended to overtime throughout the Big Ten season, including two last week. Nine teams have played at least one overtime game during Big Ten play, with Michigan State playing in a conference-high three games that have gone to an extra session…

 

Five Teams Ranked in Top 25 of Coaches' Poll:

The Associated Press (AP) and USA Today Coaches polls were released on Monday, and the Big Ten was represented with three teams among the top 20 and five in the top 25…

 

Big Ten Snapshot:

Michigan State and Michigan are currently tied atop the Big Ten standings with identical 8-1 conference records heading into this week's slate of games. Iowa sits in sole possession of third-place with a 6-3 Big Ten record, while Northwestern is currently in fourth-place with a 5-5 conference mark…

 

Northwestern Makes History with Road Sweep:

It was an historic week for Northwestern, which recorded road wins over Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Wildcats have now won three straight conference road games for the first time since 1960…

 

Craft Continues to Climb Big Ten Career Charts:

Ohio State's Aaron Craft swiped two steals in the Buckeyes' win at Wisconsin, passing Michigan's Gary Grant (1985-88) for second-place on the Big Ten career steals list...

 

We're Half-Way There:

Eleven of the Big Ten's 12 teams have reached the midway point of the conference season heading into this week's slate of games…

 

Key Homestand for Hawkeyes:

Iowa will host two ranked foes this week, with Ohio State visiting Iowa City on Tuesday, and Michigan making the trip to Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday…

 

Against the Nation's Best:

Eleven of the Big Ten's 12 teams have recorded wins over top-25 foes this season…

 

Filling it Up:

Big Ten teams have posted 81 games with at least 80 points this season, and enter this week's slate of games averaging more than 73 points per game…

 

Big Ten in Sagarin Rankings:

The Big Ten is well-represented in Jeff Sagarin's most recent College Basketball Rankings, with five teams among the top 20…

 

Postseason Back in Indy:

The 2014 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament returns to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis for the ninth time in event history…