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Big Ten Basketball Open Thread: Midweek Cupcakes for Everyone!

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Looking back on an underwhelming weekend in Big Ten hoops and looking forward to...well, lots of tomato cans. Oh, and meet Rob Phinisee.

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Northwestern beat the tar out of undersized and undermanned Chicago State last night; how was your Big Ten basketball weekend?

...ah. I see. Maybe we shouldn’t talk about it.


#5 Michigan Wolverines 70, Western Michigan Broncos 62

Yeesh. But surely just a blip for a John Beilein team? Charles Matthews got to the line a ton, going 11/16 from the stripe as part of his 25, and the Wolverines forced 16 turnovers to hold the Broncos at arm’s length. Lots of baskets for the Broncos around the basket, though, and a 32-32 rebounding draw was a surprise. The Wolverines’ big men—Jon Teske and Ignas Brazdeikis combined for 7 points—need to wake up, and fast.

#15 Ohio State Buckeyes 73, Bucknell Bison 71

Let’s, uh...let’s move on.

#22 Iowa Hawkeyes 77, Northern Iowa Panthers 54

Creighton M: [Extremely Harry Caray voice] Hawks win Hawks win!

State champs, and the Big Four Classic is finally six feet under.

[A brief debate over Harry Caray versus Hawk Harrelson broke out that was much more interesting than this game.]

#25 Indiana Hoosiers 71, Butler Bulldogs 68


That’s a helluva quote right there, kids.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish 88, Purdue Boilermakers 80

Boilerman31: Yeah, we suck away from Mackey.

Illinois Fighting Illini 73, East Tennessee State Buccaneers 55

Surely Thump and the rest of Illinois fans are fine now that they’re cruis—

—oh. Moving on.

N.C. State Wolfpack 89, Penn State Nittany Lions 78

Ever see a mangled guard rail like, 4 days after an accident? Treat this game like that.

Seton Hall Pirates 72, Rutgers Scarlet Knights 66



#9 Michigan State 104, Green Bay Phoenix 83

Nebraska Cornhuskers 79, Oklahoma State Cowboys 56

Jesse: This was a really close game and then all of a sudden it wasn’t. I’m still not used to a team that can pull away like that.

[It was very, very impressive.]


Northwestern Wildcats 88, Chicago State Cougars 46

Chicago State’s coach is not attention whore Mark Titus, but is rather a guy with AAU ties to the city who was...previously an assistant coach from Morgan Park High School.

I hope he turns it around, because that beatdown was uncomfortable.



#15 Ohio State (9-1, KP 25) vs. Youngstown State Penguins (4-8, KP 322)

6pm | BTN | OSU -26.5 | O/U 145

#23 Iowa (8-2, KP 35) vs. Western Carolina Catamounts (3-0, KP 309)

8pm | BTN | Iowa -23.5 | O/U 157

#22 Indiana (9-2, KP 24) vs. Central Arkansas Bears (4-6, KP 272)

6pm | BTN

Penn State (5-5, KP 43) at Duquesne Dukes (8-2, KP 153)

6pm | CBSSN

Just pretend I inserted a “Is Pat Chambers on the hot seat?” take here.


Is Pat Chambers on the hot seat?

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  • 32%
    (24 votes)
  • 19%
    (14 votes)
  • 47%
    (35 votes)
73 votes total Vote Now


Purdue (6-5, KP 17) vs. Ohio University Bobcats (7-3, KP 155)

6pm | BTN

Ohio really pushes the pace and plays decent defense but is abysmal on offense. This should be a good chance for Purdue and Carsen Edwards to get right.

Also, maybe Purdue fans can help me out here: What the hell has happened to Matt Haarms? He’s been nowhere near the force in the paint that I expected him to be against some of the lesser competition the Boilers have faced, and surely that’s not all because of the emergence of Evan Boudreaux as...well, whatever the hell Evan Boudreaux is?


Who would win this if it was a football matchup?

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  • 32%
    (21 votes)
  • 67%
    Ohio — wouldn’t it be the most Purdue thing ever to beat Ohio State and lose to Ohio?
    (43 votes)
64 votes total Vote Now

Here’s an open thread if you’d really like it for the week’s basketball games. Feel free to tell me what the hell went wrong with your favorite squad’s cagers over the weekend.

Oh, right, before I forget, let’s all laugh at this dumbass tweet from Tom Shatel:

Someone take the keyboard away from this fuckhead.