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Big Ten Basketball, Day 1: Open Thread

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13 Big Ten teams hit the court tonight; talk about them here!

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Lots of games, lots of bad basketball, and a couple really good ones! Other sports, too!

Talk about ‘em here. All times CT, all lines Bovada.

Nationally Televised

#12 Michigan State vs. #10 Arizona

Armed Forces Classic || Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu, HI

6pm || ESPN

Line: Michigan State -1

Lots of eyes will be on this one as the rebuilding Spartans head down to Honolulu for a date with a perennial contender and all-around strong club.

#11 Indiana vs. #3 Kansas

Armed Forces Classic || Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu, HI

8pm || ESPN

Line: Kansas -6

Just keep it on ESPN all night, because there’s some good-ass basketball coming your way. The Hoosiers vault themselves into national contention early with a win in Honolulu.

#25 Maryland vs. American

6pm || BTN

Ho hum, the Terps open up their campaign with a Patriot League whipping boy (KP 315) that slows the game down but can’t score to save their lives.

Ohio State vs. Navy

Veterans Classic || Annapolis, MD

8pm || CBSSN

Line: Ohio State -16.5

It’s our old friend Ed DeChellis! The rebuild job isn’t going too well at Navy (lol Penn State), as the Middies have slipped to 286th in Kenpom, play slow as molasses, and can’t score the ball at that.

Illinois vs. SE Missouri State

8pm || BTN

I don’t get it either. SEMO State is called the Redhawks, in case you were wondering.


Vaguely Televised

#15 Purdue vs. McNeese State

6pm || ESPN3

The Cowboys like to run, but the Boilers are the superior team and take this one in a cakewalk.

Penn State vs. Albany

6pm || ESPN3

Part of the Naismith Hall of Fame Tip-Off, the Nittany Lions face a feisty Great Danes squad that lost their three leading scorers from 2015-16.


Do Not Watch These Games

Rutgers vs. Molloy

6pm || BTN+

NO. NO NO NO NO. (Molloy is a D-II school in Rockville Centre, New York. This game counts toward Rutgers’ overall record.)

#9 wisconsin vs. Central Arkansas

7pm || BTN+

Part of the Maui Jim Maui on the Mainland, the badgers play host to the Bears in the People’s Republic tonight. Catch the slow, painful death of offensive basketball on BTN Plus, if you dare.

Minnesota vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

7pm || BTN+

The Ragin’ Cajuns (KP 160) love to push the tempo (projected 41st in KP), which will be a good test for a rebuilding Gophers squad who will be counting on Amir Coffey and C Reggie Lynch to save Richard Pitino’s job.

Northwestern vs. Mississippi Valley State

7pm || BTN+

The Delta Devils! KP 336! Next.

Michigan vs. Howard

8pm || BTN+

The Bison (KP 275) run a lot but are bad at basketball. Keep moving.

Iowa vs. Kennesaw State

8:30pm || BTN+

Peter Jok’s gonna drop 30 on the poor Owls.


Anyways, we’ve got us an Open Thread! Feel free to chat about the evening’s games here. There’s also Dos-a-Cero (7pm, ESPN); BC-FSU (6:30pm, ESPN2); and surely a bunch of other stuff, too. Go nuts. Usual rules apply: Don’t be a jackwagon.