I took some time to gather up a bunch of interesting facts regarding Purdue Basketball and the Big 10 conference in general, because I'm a gigantic stat nerd with a lot of free time. Some of it is general knowledge amongst fans, but some of it obviously is not. I'm also so incredibly excited for basketball season to finally be here, and equally excited for the program's future. Enjoy, and please discuss.
- Purdue has never been ranked #1 in the AP poll at any point during any season since its inception in 1949. In fact, Purdue is currently 2nd (behind Maryland) on the list of schools with the most appearances (10) as #2 in the poll without ever being ranked #1.
- Every school in the conference has been ranked at least twice in a final AP poll except for Northwestern (though both of Nebraska’s appearances were as members of the Big 8).
- Only 4 B1G schools (Illinois 30, Indiana 37, Michigan State 27, and Ohio State 29) have gone to the NCAA tournament more times than the Boilermakers (26).
- Every team in the B1G has a winning record (above .500) in the NCAA tournament except for Penn State (45%). Nebraska hasn’t played in the tournament yet as a conference member, and Northwestern doesn’t have a percentage at all, because you can’t divide by zero.
- No other conference in the nation has sent more teams (229) to the NCAA tournament or the Final Four (47) than the B1G. However, the SEC, ACC, and Pac 12 all have more NCAA Championships. In other words, no conference has had as many teams reach a Final Four and NOT win a championship as the B1G.
- Of the 10 schools that have reached the NCAA Tournament as a member of the conference, only Penn State has failed to reach a Final Four. Five of the ten have gone on to win at least 1 championship, but only Indiana and Michigan State have won it multiple times.
- Every team in the B1G has won the regular season conference championship at least twice, except for Penn State (and of course, Nebraska).
- Most of you know that Purdue used to be the only school in the B1G with a winning record against every other team in the conference. We are currently 83-85 all-time vs the Buckeyes. While we do hold the record for most regular-season conference championships at 22, Ohio State is actually tied with us if you overlook those silly vacated games and seasons. Indiana is also close behind with 21.
- Seven different schools (none of them from Bloomington) have won the conference tournament. Only 2 schools (Northwestern and Nebraska) have failed to reach the title game. Ohio State has won it all 5 times, and been runner up 4 times.