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Conference play started over the weekend, and I still don’t like it.

NCAA Basketball: Iowa at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

So the Big Ten is insistent on having this little foray into conference play in early December. I still don’t like it, but here we are.

Friday, December 6

Iowa Hawkeyes 91 at #4 Michigan Wolverines 103

Well, holy shit. Luka Garza had a game for the ages. Scoring 44 points on 32 shots, as Michigan refused to double team him. Turns out, though, that defense is still a thing necessary to win games. While Iowa torched the nets for 91 (gonna go out on a limb and say that’s the most points Michigan is gonna give up all season), they allowed the Wolverines to break a hundred. So, some things to still work out, there. Really, though, Joe Wieskamp and Jordan Bohannon had awful games, and while they played, CJ Fredrick and Cordell Pemsl were still hampered. Overall, I’m ok with losing to a top 5 team on the road, while keeping it mostly competitive.

Saturday, December 7

Penn State Nittany Lions 74 at #6 Ohio State Buckeyes 106

Aaron: If there was any chance of Penn State keeping pace with Ohio State’s three-point shooting in this game, it was dashed when Lamar Stevens fouled out with 13 minutes left in the second half. It only took the Buckeyes five more minutes after that to expand their lead from 10 to 20 points and start boat racing in earnest. Mike Watkins was also limited by foul trouble and played just 17 minutes. As a result, Kaleb Wesson (28 points, 10 rebounds, 4-for-6 from deep) did whatever he wanted to. The sliver lining is that Penn State got some nice performances off the bench from newcomers Izaiah Brockington and Seth Lundy. The strength of this team is supposed to be its defense, though, and it got ripped to shreds. Welcome to Big Ten play.

Nebraska Cornhuskers 76 at Creighton Bluejays 95

BRT: Nebraska played Creighton. It went very poorly

Indiana Hoosiers 64 at wisconsin badgers 84

Candystripes: Indiana went to the Kohl Center, and as they have every other time the Hoosiers have traveled to the Kohl Center, they lost. But hey, at least that albatross has only been hanging around our necks since 1998.

Illinois Fighting Illini 58 at #3 Maryland Terrapins 59

DJ Carver: Maryland won against Illinois with a foul in the last two seconds to grab free throws to break the tie. They led for all of 27 seconds. A wins a win but Turgeon has to figure out these slow starts.Oh, and fuck DJ Carstensen. What a horrible excuse of a referee.

Thump: Hahahahahaha

That was the dumbest way to end a game

WE HAD A TIMEOUT?!?!

WHAT THE FUCK WHY DIDNT WE USE THAT SHIT

wait LMFAO

WHY DID WE NOT CALL TIMEOUT ON THAT LAST POSSESSION

Lmao well I fucking love when we recruit the best player I can remember and then he doesn’t play the last five minutes

Sunday, December 8

Northwestern Wildcats 44 at Purdue Boilermakers 58

MNW: The Purdue Northwestern wrestling match went about as it was supposed to. Lots of crying about, a very tall Dutch giraffe giving Ryan Young a tough time inside, and a disappointing outing from northwestern’s non-Boo Buie guards. Tonight’s random Northwestern contributor was Pete Nance, who turned in an inefficient 14 points but was willing to take the ball for Northwestern and create some of those mismatches we were promised he would. And the ‘Cats did a reasonable job of keeping Purdue off the offensive glass in Mackey Arena, which is not something we often get to say.The ‘Cats now take a break for finals week, with a tune up against SIU-Edwardsville before the second part of its hellish open to the Big Ten slate with Michigan State. We’re seeing the growing pains we knew we would, and it will get harder before it gets easier. But keep getting contributions from one or two guys a night, and the hope is eventually it will blossom into something better. Onward.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights 65 at #11 Michigan State Spartans 77

Coach K: Having followed this one on game cast, I can’t say I had much sense for how MSU-Ruggert really played out, other than that it was a one-possession affair well into the last quarter of the game. Izzo shortened his rotation, partially because Rocket Watts couldn’t go, partially because it’s been a real problem when anyone other than Winston handles the ball this year. Despite a couple of other nominal PGs on the roster, it’s pretty clearly going to be Cash for about 37 minutes a night.

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