It was about a good an 8-6 win as you can ask for.
In the yearly meeting of “randomly selected” Big Ten and ACC schools somehow always designed to make Michigan State play Duke or something, the Big Ten proved its overwhelming superiority that is sure to lead the conference to its first national championship since 2001.
Monday, December 2
***All home teams listed in italics.
We’re already to the point in the season where Thump is morosely pinning one recap for all Illinois games to the basketball channel in the OTE Slack:
Thump: Illinois sucked the entire first half, par for the course. Then Illinois almost completed the improbable comeback before making a dumb play to end it, The Brad Underwood Story.
WhiteSpeedReceiver: Minnesota led Clemson from start to finish. Marcus Carr had 24 and Gabe Kalscheur had 15 for the guards (please ignore Payton Willis’s contribution) and Daniel Oturu had 21 points and 4 blocks but only 4 rebounds.
Fun time, and this Gopher team continues to do thing I don’t expect.
Tuesday, December 3
MNW: You missed nothing. That call of the game was awful. But the ‘Cats actually put together a damn good day at the Conte Forum.
Northwestern got huge contributions (20 points apiece!) from Boo Buie—the freshman point guard could not miss off the dribble—and sophomore Miller Kopp, which was pretty awesome to see. I said in the start-of-year preview with Andrew that the wasn’t a Northwestern team with one good or go-to player, and as of now it remains a roulette wheel to see who’s “on” in a given night. But the ‘Cats have begun locking down the defensive glass while getting contributions from a variety of underclassmen, and that’s exciting to see.
I’m not assuming the ‘Cats are gonna shoot almost 60% from the field and 45% from deep much this year, and when BC pressured Northwestern late, Buie and Pat Spencer both got their pockets picked a couple times by the Eagles’ press. So there are things that better teams will exploit, but in the meantime, maybe the ‘Cats have stopped their yo-yoing in the Kenpom world (their first 7 games have been 83-109-99-110-113-98-107-96 as of writing this). They’re not going to beat Purdue in Mackey next week unless the Random Good Player of the Game is Ryan Young and/or Jared Jones against Matt Haarms, but we’ll take it for now. Onward.
Iowa Hawkeyes 68, Syracuse Orange 54
Stewmonkey13: Iowa was missing both C.J. Fredrick and Cordell Pemsl, walk-on Riley Till played significant, meaningful minutes, and PG Connor McCaffery played a lot of the high post. None of that mattered. Iowa handled Syracuse fairly easily.
Iowa had good ball movement and played decent enough defense. But this was more about Syracuse and how bad they are. And holy shit, they’re not good. At all.
#1 Louisville Cardinals 58, #4 Michigan Wolverines 43
DJ: Michigan was just missing wide fucking open shots down low. Jon Teske was hot garbage all night, and the outside shooting was even worse.
Andrew K: When Teske’s on, Michigan is hard to stop, but more often he’s an offensive anchor.
Indiana Hoosiers 80, #17 Florida State Seminoles 64
Candystripes for Breakfast: As Indiana is wont to do when ranked teams enter Assembly Hall, the Hoosiers took care of business against Florida State, downing the currently #17 Seminoles by 16.
Devonte Green came off the bench and went off, scoring 30 points on 10 of 15 shooting, including 5 of 7 from behind the arc. Trayce Jackson-Davis also dropped 15 points, 8 boards, 2 blocks, and 2 steals. The stat that defined how Indiana won this game is very easy to parse: Florida State went 7-16 from the free throw, while Indiana shot 23-38. For a team that has had some struggles getting to the line under Archie, 38 attempts is a good sign, and also having the margin of victory be the difference in makes is also positive.
#10 Duke Blue Devils 87, #11 Michigan State Spartans 75
Wednesday, December 4
Purdue Boilermakers 69, #5 Virginia Cavaliers 40
Bman31: Boilers say, Fuck yo couch, UVA.
BRT: This was my first time watching Nebraska this season, and it looks like it will be a long season. They played well for a half, and this was a game for at least that long.
Stuff started to unravel for the Huskers in the second, though—their continued futility at free throws (8/18, for 44%), inconsistency at shooting (32% from the field), numerous turnovers (18), and rebounding differential (-6) all combined to make this not close in the second half. They played hard, which was nice, but it will be a long season with more games like this—there are simply too many issues to compete with many Big Ten teams.
#3 Maryland Terrapins 72, Notre Dame Fighting Irish 51
DJ Carver: It was never in question from the U4 of the first half on. Maryland got their shots at will and they started falling in the second half to pull away. The defense has been lights out the last two games against Marquette and ND and they will look to continue that into conference play against Illinois on Saturday.
I assume Brad Davison flopped 6 more times this game, but because of the new rule they gave N.C. State fifteen points and the ball. That’s how this works now, right?
#6 Ohio State Buckeyes 74, #7 North Carolina Tar Heels 49
So...uh...might be time to talk to your kids about Ohio State?
But seriously. The Buckeyes roll 8 or 9 deep, walked into Chapel Hill, and just fucking paved the Tar Heels on their home court. And that’s something we can all get behind.
Admittedly, UNC shot poorly—but this Buckeyes squad plays defense, too, assisted on 27 of their 26 makes, and got a fiery night from behind the arc from Duane Washington Jr. With wins over Villenova and now UNC on the road, the Buckeyes have made a statement and will deservedly be the highest-ranked team in the Big Ten when next Monday rolls around.
Who had the best B1G/ACC challenge performance?
This poll is closed
Purdue strangles Virginia
OSU rips UNC apart
Indiana slaps Florida State around
Who had the worst?
This poll is closed
Michigan State can’t get by Duke...again
Illinois stumbles, rolls boulder up hill, remembers it is Sisyphus