The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 1:00 am

College Notebook

5 Big Ten teams part of Top 25

Staff, news services

After a week of the league's top teams taking it on the chin from lower-ranked squads on the road, the Big Ten placed five teams in this week's men's basketball AP poll, all ranked between No. 15 (Michigan State) and No. 24 (Illinois). Eleven of the conference's 14 teams received votes. 

Indiana, which beat Northwestern and No. 21 Ohio State last week to improve to 13-3, got the 29th-most votes, while Purdue, which lost to 19th-ranked Michigan in double overtime before demolishing the Spartans at home 71-42, were No. 37.

Gonzaga (18-1) is No. 1 for the third straight week, though No. 2 Baylor (13-1) received 31 first-place votes to the Bulldogs' 30. Maryland (ranked 17th), Iowa (26th), Penn State (31st), Wisconsin (34th) and Rutgers (41st) also received votes in the poll.

On the women's side, 11 ranked teams lost last week, including the top three of Connecticut, Baylor and Stanford, clearing the way for South Carolina to ascend to No. 1. Indiana checked in at No. 15, the highest-ranked Big Ten team but down three spots after losing in double overtime to Iowa on Sunday. It is the seventh straight week the Hoosiers have been in the top 15. The top-ranked Gamecocks' only loss is to the Hoosiers.

Boilers' big man shares honor

Purdue's Trevion Williams earned co-Big Ten Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career after averaging 26 points and 13.5 rebounds in two games.

He had 36 points and 20 rebounds in a loss to Michigan, becoming the first Division I player since 2010-11 to have a game with 35 points, 20 rebounds and zero turnovers and the first Purdue player with 35 points and 20 rebounds since Bob Ford in 1971.

It is the first Player of the Week honor for Purdue since Carsen Edwards won it Feb. 4, 2019.

Foresters' Fryman gets league honor

Huntington forward Sarah Fryman averaged 28.5 points and 8 rebounds in wins over Mount Vernon Nazarene and Bethel to take the Crossroads League Player of the Week award. Fryman, a Huntington North graduate, has been the conference's player of the week three times this season.

Warriors' goalie cited for defense

Indiana Tech sophomore Ryan O'Toole was named the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Men's Hockey Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career. He earned the award after setting career-highs for saves (45) and ice time (62 minutes, 29 seconds) in a 3-2 loss to No. 15 Aquinas.

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