Oct 22, 2019 11:38 AM

10/22 BIG Ten Conference news

Posted Oct 22, 2019 11:38 AM

UNDATED (AP) — Michigan State is No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 men's college basketball preseason poll for the first time in its history. Tom Izzo's Spartans received 60 of 65 first-place votes as the runaway choice. No. 2 Kentucky and No. 3 Kansas received the other first-place votes. Duke, Louisville, Florida, Maryland, Gonzaga, North Carolina and Villanova round out the top 10.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — No. 19 Michigan seems to be relegated to playing just for pride this season. The Wolverines were handed a second loss at Penn State, leaving them on the brink of being eliminated from the Big Ten race just past the halfway mark of the regular season. Michigan went into the season hoping to end its 15-year conference championship drought and to perhaps contend for a national championship. Those goals appear to be out of reach. Michigan's next game is at home against No. 8 Notre Dame.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan freshman Franz Wagner is expected to miss four to six weeks with a fractured right wrist. The 6-foot-8 Wagner is the younger brother of former Michigan standout Moe Wagner. He's projected as a key newcomer in the basketball team's first season under new coach Juwan Howard.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska running back Maurice Washington is not with the team and won't play in the home game against Indiana on Saturday. Coach Scott Frost stopped short of calling it a suspension. Washington has been held out of the first halves of two games for disciplinary reasons. Frost didn't disclose a reason for Washington's absence but said players are expected to meet certain standards. He says Washington's absence is not related to child pornography charges he faces in California.

UNDATED (AP) — The countdown is in full swing at Indiana. The Hoosiers have chalked up five wins in five consecutive seasons for the second time in school history. Now they have five chances to earn their elusive sixth win for the first time since 2017. Everyone knows the story around campus. But inside the locker room, nobody wants to talk numbers. The Hoosiers play at Nebraska this weekend.

UNDATED (AP) — Just seven games into his Purdue career, receiver David Bell already has three 100-yard games. He has earned two Big Ten freshman of the week awards, too. Purdue welcomes the performances because the Boilermakers have been hit hard by injuries. Purdue plays Illinois this weekend.