The Illini have no scholarship freshmen. Preferred walk-on Mike LaTulip has played 30 minutes and scored 19 points.
The Gophers have gotten a grand total of 27 minutes from guard Wally Ellenson. Power forward Charles Buggs is redshirting.
10. Ohio State
Thad Matta's lone signing, Italian import Amedeo Della Valle, has played in nine games, scoring 27 points. Of those, 11 came against Chicago State. Jay Burson could come back and drop 11 on Chicago State, and he's in his mid-40s.
9. Penn State
Forward Brandon Taylor has six double-figure scoring games on the season, but only one in conference play. He's shooting less than 25 percent in Big Ten games, dragging down his reasonable season line of 6.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Classmate Donovon Jack has played fewer than 100 minutes all season.
Center Alex Olah started league play with 10 points against Michigan, but has carded 17 in the seven games since. He's also had an eight-rebound game and a pair of nights with five assists.
Forward Kale Abrahamson started the Wildcats' first six Big Ten games and scored 30 points in the first three. Since then, he's managed only five points in five games, falling out of the rotation against Minnesota and Nebraska.
Point guard Benny Parker has been primarily a defensive threat, recording as many steals (10) as assists and scoring only seven points in the league.
Big guard Shavon Shields (6'6", 214 lbs) is the story here, averaging nearly seven rebounds in conference games, good for 10th in the league. In back-to-back games, he struck for 18 points against Purdue and 29 against Penn State. Shields has 30 points combined in his other six Big Ten games.
The hyped Hoosier class was done no favors by the NCAA's ham-handed suspensions of bigs Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin, which cost the pair the season's first nine games. Since returning, Jurkin has played all of seven minutes. Perea has only one point and eight rebounds in Big Ten action, and what is especially disappointing is comparing those numbers to his 10 fouls.
Forward Jeremy Hollowell has been a positive force defensively, but has made only one field goal in Big Ten play. Point guard Yogi Ferrell has been more successful, ranking third in the league with 4.5 assists per game. He's also shooting a solid 47 percent against conference opponents.
(More on the Hoosiers' freshman class here.)