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Light load this weekend with only six games. Will there be any upsets?

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Update (1/9): Lines added for Saturday games since they've come available.  Sunday games will be updated that morning.

No real marquee matchups, but a couple of games that could help shake out where a few teams stand.

No. 3 Maryland TerrapinsWisconsin Badgers

Where:  ESPN

When:  Saturday, January 9th, 1:00pm ET

Who:

Wisconsin (9-7)   60

Kenpom

51

StewPoll

97

Massey Composite

71

Maryland (14-1)   63

Kenpom

14

StewPoll

14

Massey Composite

15

Line:  Maryland -4.  Line opened at -2.5 and promptly moved to -4 in a few hours.

Wisconsin covered the spread, but let Melo do this to end the game:

Northwestern WildcatsMinnesota Golden Gophers

Where:  BTN

When:  Saturday, January 9th, 2:30pm ET

Who:

Minnesota (6-9)   52

Kenpom

162

StewPoll

189

Massey Composite

164

Northwestern (13-3)   77

Kenpom

50

StewPoll

50

Massey Composite

48

Line: Northwestern -2.5  this seems fairly low for this game, perhaps Vegas thinks jNW is not as good as they appear.

Thoughts: Great bounce back game for Northwestern, who badly needed to end their 2 game losing skid.

Nebraska CornhuskersRutgers Scarlet Knights

Where: ESPNU

When:  Saturday, January 9th, 5pm ET

Who:

Nebraska (8-8)

Kenpom

156

StewPoll

166

Massey Composite

139

Rutgers (6-10)

Kenpom

249

StewPoll

226

Massey Composite

233

Line:  Nebraska -4.  Nebraska, if you do not cover this spread, you also need to re-evaluate your program.

Thoughts:  Rutgers is bad.  Really, really bad.  Let's discuss there viability as a Division 1 program and if there is any conference they could win.

No. 5 Michigan State SpartansPenn State Nittany Lions

Where:  BTN

When:  Wednesday, January 10, 12pm ET

Who:

MSU (15-1)

Kenpom

7

StewPoll

7

Massey Composite

5

Penn State (10-6)

Kenpom

133

StewPoll

119

Massey Composite

116

Line:  n/a

Thoughts:  Denzel Valentine is coming back this game.  MSU doesn't even need that and it's still a blowout.

Ohio State BuckeyesIndiana Hoosiers

Where:  CBS

When:  Sunday, January 10th, 1:30pm ET

Who:

Ohio State (11-5)

Kenpom

54

StewPoll

43

Massey Composite

54

Indiana (13-3)

Kenpom

25

StewPoll

35

Massey Composite

33

Line:  n/a

Thoughts:  Can Ohio State keep up the turn around? Force turnovers and force Indiana to guard to keep winning.  These turnovers are going to catch up to the Hoosiers in conference play.

No. 20 Purdue BoilermakersIllinois Fighting Illini

Where: BTN

When:  Sunday, January 10th, 6pm ET

Who:

Purdue (14-2)

Kenpom

6

StewPoll

12

Massey Composite

10

Illinois (8-8)

Kenpom

117

StewPoll

131

Massey Composite

111

Line:  n/a

Thoughts:  Purdue is going to get Illinois into foul trouble and it's going to end the game for them.  8 scholarship players against a team that likes to bang inside? It could be a long night for the Illini'.

Go ahead and use this for the weekend basketball open thread and general hoops discussion.  Great, great discussions to be had.  The poll can get everyone started!