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Midweek B1G Basketball Preview/Open Thread - 2/23

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Midweek Games Preview

Tuesday

Rutgers @ Minnesota

Minnesota Golden Gophers (7-19, 1-13)

Kenpom

170

StewPoll

237

Massey Composite

176

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6-21, 0-14)

Kenpom

293

StewPoll

310

Massey Composite

280

Time/TV: 7:30 pm, BTN

Line: Minnesota by 12.5

WSR: WOOOOOOOO MINNESOTA RUTGERS TONIGHT!  CAN YOU FEEL THE EXCITEMENT* IN THE AIR!

Wait, that's chlorine gas.

Prediction:

homer face melt

Michigan State @ Ohio State

#6 Michigan State Spartans (22-5, 9-5)

Kenpom

3

StewPoll

6

Massey Composite

4

Ohio State Buckeyes (18-10, 10-5)

Kenpom

62

StewPoll

71

Massey Composite

65

Time/TV: 8 pm, ESPN

Line: MSU by 6

Andrew Krewsiwooski: MSU gets its first of two remaining matchups with Ohio State tonight. About all the Buckeyes are good at offensively is shooting the 3, so there's always the chance for an upset, but I'd expect MSU to keep rolling. Still, these are two of the better defensive teams in the country, so a low-scoring game where a lot of threes figure to be taken puts some variance in the picture.

Prediction: MSU, 73-58

Wednesday:

Northwestern @ Michigan

Northwestern Wildcats (17-10, 5-9)

Kenpom

90

StewPoll

93

Massey Composite

83

Michigan Wolverines (19-9, 9-6)

Kenpom

48

StewPoll

59

Massey Composite

45

Time/TV: 6 pm, BTN

Line: n/a

MNW: Northwestern at Michigan. Easy job. Get the ball inside, rebound well, and get a little timely shooting from Tre Demps and the suddenly-cold-again Bryant McIntosh. I think one of Alex Olah/Dererk Pardon needs to go for 15 and possibly 10 boards for the 'Cats to win. That'd be swell.

Graham: I don't have any thoughts.**

We match up great with NW.

That's a thought.***

Prediction: Michigan, 67-61

Wisconsin @ Iowa

#8 Iowa Hawkeyes (20-6, 11-3)

Kenpom

8

StewPoll

15

Massey Composite

13

Wisconsin Badgers (17-10, 9-5)

Kenpom

38

StewPoll

55

Massey Composite

42

Time/TV: 8 pm, BTN

Line: n/a

Stew: Iowa has been slumping the last two weeks.  Was having the weekend off enough to get them back on track?  It's mostly been the defense and bench play that has suffered, so those are two early indications on how this game should go.  I'm hopeful the rest helped get their legs back, and they cruise to a fairly comfortable win, and putting Wisconsin's tourney hopes back on the ledge.

Speth: I hope Happ brings his goggles and Hayes remembers how to shoot. Barring that happening I expect an offensive clusterfuck of terrible with Iowa escaping with a win over the worst Wisconsin team in at least 5 years. Which will still somehow lead to the Iowa fan base being deluded into thinking they're nationally relevant. Have I seen this movie before?

Prediction: Iowa, 74-63

Thursday:

Nebraska @ Penn State

Nebraska Cornhuskers (14-14, 6-9)

Kenpom

95

StewPoll

145

Massey Composite

105

Penn State Nittany Lions (14-13, 5-9)

Kenpom

128

StewPoll

157

Massey Composite

118

Time/TV: 6 pm, ESPNU

Line: n/a

Jesse: There is talk of Penn State being a 'resurgent' team, in that they are suddenly good because they managed to beat Iowa, Indiana, and Rutgers in their last four games. I respect that, minus the fact that they also got blown out by Nebraska in that stretch. Will Andrew White III go bananas again? Will Penn State run the "we can't hit 3s but dammit we're gonna shoot them anyways" offense? Will officials call 100 fouls in this game forcing both Chambers and Miles to play equipment managers? Lots of questions, but the bottom line is this is really just a game to avoid day one of the B1G tournament. You know, so you can lose on Day 2.

Aaron: Penn State is kind of playing well and I don't know what to do with myself. Sure, they got crushed by Nebraska two Saturdays ago, but that was on the road. The Lions' last three games at the Bryce Jordan Center have been a close loss vs. Wisconsin and wins over Indiana and Iowa. If Shep Garner get continue knocking down jumpers like he has in his last two games (after going 3-for-14 from the field in Lincoln) and Donovon Jack keeps producing at center, Penn State should be able to even their series with Nebraska on Thursday night and stay alive in the hunt for the NIT.

Prediction: PSU, 66-61

Indiana @ Illinois

Illinois Fighting Illini (12-15, 4-10)

Kenpom

127

StewPoll

178

Massey Composite

128

#18 Indiana Hoosiers (22-6, 12-3)

Kenpom

19

StewPoll

21

Massey Composite

17

Time/TV: 8 pm, ESNP

Line: n/a

Candy: Don't let this be a trap game. Don't let this be a trap game. Don't let this be a trap game. Don't let this be a trap game. Don't let this be a trap game. Don't let this be a trap game. I think that pretty well covers it.

Thump: We're gonna fucking lose and I don't care anymore.

Prediction: Illinois 81-75 (Yeah, this makes no sense, still doing it.)

Lazy Bums:

#10 Maryland Terrapins (23-5, 11-4)

Kenpom

20

StewPoll

10

Massey Composite

15

DJ: Maryland gets a break on the midweek game so nothing for me

#20 Purdue Boilermakers (21-7, 9-6)

Kenpom

16

StewPoll

17

Massey Composite

19


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*Excrement

**Not only is our leader fearless, but apparently thoughtless as well.

***Well, one thought.