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DID YOU KNOW? BIG EAST East Division teams are 38-7 at home this season.

BIG EAST West Division teams have a combined 51-4 record at home.

The top five teams in the league in scoring defense are in the West division with Pittsburgh first, allowing 56.0 points per game. Pittsburgh is the only team in the league that is not currently starting a freshman. West Virginia is starting three freshmen and two sophomores. The Big 12 is a combined 30-0 vs. Non-Conference

Foes since Dec. 28 the four non-league games remaining include Jan. 13 Missouri at Syracuse; Jan. 15 Wyoming at Kansas; Jan. 25 Arizona at Kansas; and Feb. 9 Oklahoma State at Cincinnati.

Through games of January 8 there are only two conferences where every team is above .500 in winning percentage - The Big 12 and the ACC.

Additionally, 10 of the Big 12 teams have nine wins or more. No other conference has as many with nine victories or more in 2002-03.

Oklahoma leads the series with Oklahoma State 116-94 but OSU holds a 7-6 edge since the inception of the Big 12 in 1996-97. Since then the schools are deadlocked at 6-6 in regular season play. Oklahoma has won two of the last three meetings with Oklahoma State and spoiled senior day for the Cowboys in Stillwater in 2000. Kansas extended its own Big 12 records of consecutive league wins (21) and consecutive conference road wins (11) with its win at Iowa State last Monday.

Closing in on 800: Texas Tech Coach Bob Knight currently has 797 wins.

Kansas State.s seven-game winning streak is the longest since the 1998-99 season.

Colorado.s six game winning streak is it.s longest since eight in a row during the 1996-97 season.

Cincinnati is No. 1 in C-USA in scoring defense, holding their opponents to 55.4 points per game. Cincinnati is 56-3 against Conference USA teams at the Shoemaker Center since the formation of the league. East Carolina (10-2) is off to its best start through 12 games since the 1957-58 season when they began 9-3.

Louisville (9-1) extended its winning streak to eight games by winning its conference opener, 80-59, at Charlotte on Wednesday.

Marquette (9-3) defeated Saint Louis, 60-54, on the road on Tuesday. The victory was the Golden Eagles. fifth straight over the Billikens and their sixth win in the last seven games with SLU.

UAB (9-3) is off to its best start since the 1995-96 season.

Conference USA will change its current two-division alignment in men.s basketball and go to a 14-team division beginning with the 2003-04 season. Each school will play each other for a total of 13 games. Additionally, three mirror games will be added to each team.s schedule, based on geography, rivalries, and television to account for 16 conference games.

Toledo.s 81-76 win over Michigan State, ended the Spartans 36-game non-conference home winning streak. The win was the first this year for a MAC school over a ranked team.

Kent State has won 17 consecutive home games, last losing to Ohio in the 2000-01 season.

KSU.s next home contest is Jan. 11 versus Bowling Green. KSU has won 17 consecutive regular season league games, breaking the record the Golden Flashes now share with the Miami program (1956-57, 1957-58, 1958-59).

North Illinois beat Toledo 72-65 on Wednesday, ending the Rockets. 13-game home winning streak, its longest streak since 1980.

Western Michigan has wins this season over opponents from the Big Ten (Michigan), SEC (Auburn) and Big East (Virginia Tech). WMU also defeated Virginia Tech and Michigan last season. The Broncos. 54.8 ppg allowed is the best among all MAC teams.

Arizona State held Oregon State to just 47 points on Jan. 2 (including 18 in the second half). It.s the fewest allowed by ASU in a road game since a 58-47 win at Stanford on Jan. 27, 1991. The win at Oregon State was ASU.s first Pac-10 road opening win since 1991-92, which snapped a 10-game Pac-10 road opening skid.

Oregon, California.s next opponent, had its 23-game home court winning streak snapped last week. Now the Bears hold the league.s longest home court winning streak, currently at 11 games.

Stanford hosts Oregon State and Oregon this weekend and is riding a nine-game winning streak over the Beavers in Maples Pavilion and a 16-game streak over the Ducks.

Arkansas is scoring an average of 66.9 per game. It would be the lowest average for the Hogs since 1985 (65.3).

Georgia has won nine consecutive games. The last time Georgia won nine straight was in the Final Four season of 1983.

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