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Big Ten Basketball: Illinois-Ohio State closes out upset-filled week of bad basketball

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NCAA Basketball: Ohio State at Illinois Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve got a log-jam near the top of the conference, and with two—count ‘em, two!—Top 25 matchups tonight, there are bound to be fireworks for the Big Ten.

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Tuesday

#12 Purdue Boilermakers at #24 Maryland Terrapins

Purdue: 17-6, 10-2 B1G (NET 10) || Maryland: 18-6, 9-4 (NET 23)
5:30pm | BTN | Purdue -2 | O/U 140.5

Who commits fewer fouls?
Purdue: 395 | Maryland: 374
Advantage: Maryland

Who plays at a slower tempo:
Purdue: 285 AdjT | Maryland: 260
Advantage: Purdue

Who got more snowfall today?
Purdue: .86” (rain) | Maryland: .63” (rain)
Advantage: Purdue

PICK: PURDUE

Poll

pick

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  • 31%
    the team with the large foreign center and coach who polarized his fanbase that uses black as a primary color (turtle edition)
    (23 votes)
  • 68%
    the team with the large foreign center and coach who polarized his fanbase that uses black as a primary color (train edition)
    (51 votes)
74 votes total Vote Now

#11 Michigan State Spartans at #20 wisconsin badgers

MSU: 19-5, 10-3 (NET 8) || wisc: 17-7, 9-4 (NET 11)
6pm | ESPN2 | MSU -1.5 | O/U 134.5

Who commits fewer fouls?
MSU: 436 | uw: 370
Advantage: wisconsin

Who plays at a slower tempo:
lol you know it’s wisconsin

Who got more snowfall today?
MSU: .3” (mix) | wisc: .6”
Advantage: wisconsin

PICK: wisconsin

Poll

is this a rivalry

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  • 20%
    yes
    (34 votes)
  • 79%
    no, wisconsin fans just need to feel important
    (128 votes)
162 votes total Vote Now

Poll

oh yes, pick this game

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  • 26%
    sparty
    (23 votes)
  • 29%
    skunky
    (26 votes)
  • 43%
    i am too busy laughing at the idea that this is a rivalry when it is really just two fanbases with an inferiority complex seeking validation
    (38 votes)
87 votes total Vote Now

#6 Michigan Wolverines at Penn State Nittany Lions

Mich: 22-2, 11-2 (NET 6) || PSU: 8-15, 1-11 (NET 73)
7:30pm | BTN | Mich -6.5 | O/U 128.5

Who commits fewer fouls?
Mich: 339 | PSU: 426
Advantage: Michigan

Who plays at a slower tempo:
Mich: 308 | PSU: 197
Advantage: Michigan

Who got more snowfall today?
Mich: .08” (rain) | PSU: .37” (rain?)
Advantage: Penn State

PICK: MICHIGAN

Poll

disappointing nightcap

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  • 36%
    michigan
    (28 votes)
  • 5%
    penn state
    (4 votes)
  • 21%
    i will be too busy arguing over some blown call in the michigan state-wisconsin game
    (16 votes)
  • 36%
    i will be too busy blaming the coaching/substitution patterns of my losing team in the maryland-purdue game
    (28 votes)
76 votes total Vote Now

Wednesday

Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Northwestern Wildcats

RU: 11-12, 4-9 (NET 125) || NU: 12-11, 3-9 (NET 71)
6pm | BTN

Who commits fewer fouls?
RU: 409 | NU: 423
Advantage: Rutgers

Who plays at a slower tempo:
RU: 181 | NU: 266
Advantage: Northwestern

Who got more snowfall today?
RU: .99” (rain) | NU: .4” (snow)
Advantage: Northwestern

PICK: NORTHWESTERN

Poll

this is going to be one of those shit games that goes to overtime at 48-48, so tell us who wins

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  • 48%
    shitty red team
    (61 votes)
  • 51%
    shitty purple team
    (65 votes)
126 votes total Vote Now

Minnesota Golden Gophers at Nebraska Cornhuskers

MN: 16-8, 6-7 (NET 58) || UNL: 13-11, 3-10 (NET 40)
8pm | BTN

Who commits fewer fouls?
MN: 410 | UNL: 384
Advantage: Nebraska

Who plays at a slower tempo:
MN: 174 | UNL: 257
Advantage: Nebraska

Who got more snowfall today?
MN: LOTS | UNL: 0”
Advantage: Minnesota

PICK: NEBRASKA

Poll

BARNS OR BANKS

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  • 67%
    BARN-RATS
    (72 votes)
  • 32%
    BANK-CORN
    (35 votes)
107 votes total Vote Now

Thursday

Illinois Fighting Illini at Ohio State Buckeyes

ILL: 9-15, 5-8 (NET 93) || OSU: 16-7, 6-6 (NET 38)
6pm | ESPN2

Who commits fewer fouls?
ILL: 511 (!!!) | OSU: 418
Advantage: Ohio State

Who plays at a slower tempo:
ILL: 34 | OSU: 289
Advantage: Ohio State

Who got more snowfall today?
ILL: .4” | OSU: .71” (rain)

PICK: ILLINOIS

Poll

ILLIBUCKETS

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  • 49%
    Orange and Blue
    (57 votes)
  • 50%
    Scarlet and Gray
    (58 votes)
115 votes total Vote Now

Here’s your open thread for the week. Don’t burn the place down.