So yesterday was fun, huh? Four games, four blowouts. Anyone enjoy themselves? Just me?
Michigan 75, Illinois 55
Thump: If you need a recap...what an absolutely pitiful performance. As is often the case away from home against any team with a pulse, the game was over when we gave up a gigantic lead in the first 8 minutes.
There's no excuse for this. But this is what John Groce does. It's exactly what I expected. Time to move on.
Graham: I respected the Illini coming up with no idea what they were doing, sort of a rope a dope concept, but they may have given up too many punches early. It ain't healthy to be fighting (heh) to come back in a game, the whole game.
That said, Michigan's capability to blitz other teams with shooting barrages continues to serve them well. A 20 point blowout. Solid.
One worries that WindyPlaneGate may have left them a tad tired to make a deep run in the BTT, while one could also surmise that a BTT run would tire the Wolverines out complete before the Big Dance. So let's just pray for no injuries and expect that 8 or 9 seed to hold.
Michigan State 78, Penn State 51
Andrew K: I'm only following the box score (stupid job) but I'm going to assume Penn State looks tired as fuck.
They did, Andrew.
Indiana 93, Iowa 75
Holy shit. After an entertaining, occasionally sloppy first half, Indiana found another level with the game tied at 52. Jordan Bohannon put forth a valiant effort in defeat, but James Blackmon Jr and the Hoosiers were splashing threes like it was no one's business.
*Northwestern 31, rutger 0*
Oh sorry, that was just the first-half run.
Northwestern 83, rutger 61
 Purdue vs.  Michigan
See Graham's excellent preview.
 Minnesota vs.  Michigan State
1pm || ESPN
I saw Jordan Murphy in a conference room buffet line at the Embassy Suites downtown. I then walked by the rest of the Gopher squad getting out of an elevator.
Do with this information what you will.
 wisconsin vs.  Indiana
5:30pm || BTN
If the Hoosiers shoot over 60% from deep again... Oof. Look out, badgers.
That said, I doubt that's actually gonna happen again, and I expect wisconsin to set their own tempo rather than let IU accordion the pace at will. Ethan Happ should get his against Thomas Bryant, who underwhelmed against a scrappy but unpolished Iowa interior, and if Bronson Koenig starts splashing, this one is over early.
Of course if Indiana makes this miracle run... Do we fire up #BUBBLEWATCH with a win? Why the hell nit? Give us four more years of Crean! FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS!
 Maryland vs.  Northwestern
8pm || BTN
I had the pleasure of watching with a couple Iowa friends yesterday, and the Indiana fans down the row from us (two very gracious fellows) were expressing awe and wonder that Northwestern was the 6 seed.
Me too, guys.
Anyways, Maryland will be substantially tougher, and Vic Law or Jordan Ash or whoever will need to lock Melo Trimble the hell down. Pound, pound, pound inside with Dererk Pardon, manage his minutes against starting linebacker Damonte Dodd, and see if you can exploit the Barret Benson-Awkward European dudes matchup to spell pardon.
(It's weird that the awkward Eurocenter isn't playing for NU. I don't know if I like it.)
Either way, Maryland is playing for seeding and a shot at a Big Ten title. The 'Cats have house money and could stumble onto a 7-line with another win or two. Bring it home, Bryant McIntosh.
Sorry about the delay! Here is your open thread for the day. Usual rules apply. Let's talk Big Ten Hoops!