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Big Ten Basketball Midweek Previews, Open Thread: Michigan State at Northwestern tonight

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A wild open to the Big Ten slate has given us court-stormings from Minneapolis to Piscataway, upsets in Lincoln and State College, and pretty localized heartbreak on Ann Arbor. That’s about as good as things can go, right?

With finals upon us, our basketball staff on other continents or tending to spouses with broken body parts, and me fire-drilling this at 9:30 in the morning, I’m not going to do the requisite deep-dive on Southeast Missouri State basketball and tell you why Kaleb Wesson is going to dominate the paint (he is) or how Duane Washington Jr. is hitting over half his threes (he’s doing that, too!).

Instead, you’ll take what you’ll take (random facts about the game/opponent university), otherwise this is an open thread you can use at your leisure.


Big Ten Games

Ohio State Buckeyes (9-1, KP 1) vs. SEMO St. Redhawks (3-7, KP 299)

6pm | BTN | OSU -30 | O/U 136

I went and looked for famous people from Cape Girardeau, MO, and the first person on the Wikipedia list was Rush Limbaugh. So that experiment ended pretty quickly, though it reminded me that my students had no conception of the Fairness Doctrine and have lived their whole lives in a cable news channel world.

“Notable alumni” was a much better idea. Cedric the Entertainer graduated from SEMO State in 1987!

I had thought Cedric the Entertainer died. Who am I thinking of?

Purdue Boilermakers (6-4, KP 10) at Ohio Bobcats (7-3, O/U 166)

8pm | ESPN2 | Purdue -8.5 | O/U 127

A history of true road non-power conference games—I excluded opponents from Big East and C-USA, for reference, and teams like Xavier—under Matt Painter:

Anyhow I’m sure this will be fine.

Other Games of Interest

SIU Edwardsville Cougars at Winthrop Eagles [10am, ESPN+] — morning basketball!
UMBC Retrievers at Georgetown Hoyas [6pm, FS1]
Florida Gators (-5, O/U 132.5) vs. Providence Friars [6pm, ESPN2, at Brooklyn]
Oklahoma Sooners at Creighton Bluejays (-3, O/U 153) [7:30pm, FS1]
San Francisco Dons at Stanford Cardinal (-6.5, O/U 144.5) [8pm, Pac12]
Miami-Florida Hurricanes at Temple Owls (-2.5, O/U 141) [8:30pm, ESPNU]
Seattle Redhawks at Washington Huskies (-16, O/U 137.5) [10pm, Pac12]


Big Ten Game

Michigan State Spartans (7-3, KP 5) at Northwestern Wildcats (5-4, KP 100)

7pm | BTN

This whole “Everyone in the Big Ten could be 1-1!” narrative is cute, until you remember that this will be played at the bleak, post-finals, apocalyptic glowing purple hangar that is the New Welsh-Ryan, meaning there will be about 2,000 Northwestern fans in attendance. Thankfully, there aren’t many Michigan State fans in the general Chicagoland area, so I assume it’ll just be empty and quiet. Nothing to worry about.

Anyways, here are the MSU-NU games played at Welsh-Ryan this millennium. Sorry to disappoint you.

I’m obviously most curious about that 59-29 slobberknocker in 2000—apparently Mateen Cleaves broke a backboard during warmups (with a layup, though, not a dunk), Michigan State went on a 25-0 run in the first half (including a 14-minute scoring drought) to lead 32-12 at half, and NU HC Kevin O’Neill, starting four freshmen, offered to “give back all of our television money...if we could have a program redshirt” in the wake of Evan Eschmeyer’s graduation and the Wildcats’ 7/39 shooting performance.



1-1 for

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  • 30%
    Yep! ‘Cats pull off the upset!
    (35 votes)
  • 69%
    No, because I am tethered to reality and logic and history.
    (80 votes)
115 votes total Vote Now


Big Ten Game

Maryland Terrapins (10-1, KP 7) at Seton Hall Pirates (6-4, KP 22)

6pm | FS1

The only team the Pirates have beaten in the Kenpom Top 50 is Iowa State (46). They split with the Cyclones after meeting them in the consolation finals of the Battle 4 Atlantis. Their other relatively “marquee” win is at KP 98 Saint Louis.

The point is, Maryland should win.


Who you got?

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  • 76%
    (66 votes)
  • 23%
    Seton Hall
    (20 votes)
86 votes total Vote Now

Here’s your basketball open thread for the week. Behave.