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Big Ten Basketball: Midweek Previews and Open Thread

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Let’s talk some shooty-hoops!

NCAA Basketball: Indiana at Purdue
SOMEONE’S FOULING SOMEONE IN THIS PICTURE BUT THE REFS PROBABLY JUST WERE TOO BUSY BLOWING THE OTHER TEAM’S COACH TO CALL THE FOUL
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Tuesday

#15 Purdue Boilermakers at Indiana Hoosiers

PU: 18-7, KP 10 | IN: 13-12, KP 47
6pm | ESPN2 | Purdue -5.5 | O/U 138

Boilerman31: Here’s hoping the Boilers have figured out their turnover issue. Handing the ball over 23 times isn’t going to get it done in a “rivalry” game on the road. If Trevion Williams is healthy, expect Purdue to play inside out and exploit IU’s lack of depth. Given the mental state of Indiana and Archie Miller’s comments, it won’t take much for the Boilers to kick them into the pit of dispair.

Now, if you’ll pardon me, I need to go get some popcorn.

Poll

who do the refs fuck over in this one

This poll is closed

  • 40%
    wahhhhh they always favor purdue
    (2 votes)
  • 60%
    wahhhhh they always favor indiana
    (3 votes)
5 votes total Vote Now

Nebraska Cornhuskers at Penn State Nittany Lions

UNL: 15-11, KP 33 | PSU: 9-16, KP 58
6pm | FS1 | PSU -3 | O/U 131.5

BigRedTwice: Nebraska travels to Penn State for their last winnable game before Purdue visits Lincoln on Saturday. It would be nice to see them put together a nice little three-game run before that happens.

But PSU has played well recently and while the Huskers have improved on the sub-abysmal offensive performances they’ve recently put on the court, they are still struggling a lot to find points. This will likely be an ugly, hard-to-watch game for the few who choose to do so.

Poll

Who salvages part of their season?

This poll is closed

  • 20%
    Nebraska
    (1 vote)
  • 80%
    Penn State
    (4 votes)
5 votes total Vote Now

#24 Maryland Terrapins at #21 Iowa Hawkeyes

MD: 19-7, KP 19 | IA: 20-5, KP 25
7pm | BTN | Iowa -2.5 | O/U 146.5

Let’s just take bets on how the horseshoe lodged up Iowa’s ass manifests itself this time:

Poll

How does it go down?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Half-court buzzer-beater
    (0 votes)
  • 5%
    Tip-in as time expires
    (1 vote)
  • 22%
    Laettner in the cornfields
    (4 votes)
  • 50%
    Bohannon goes Reggie Miller
    (9 votes)
  • 22%
    Actually, Maryland wins
    (4 votes)
18 votes total Vote Now

Wednesday

Rutgers Scarlet Knights at #10 Michigan State Spartans

RU: 12-13, KP 85 | MSU: 21-5, KP 4
5:30pm | BTN

Andrew K: Rutgers is not a great first opponent after losing your star big, but MSU does at least get them at home, where Matt McQuaid has at times shown himself capable of being a second scoring option in support of Winston.

Given how tight the conference race has become at the top, MSU can’t afford to slip the way they did after learning Josh Langford wouldn’t be back - losing Wednesday raises the possibility of falling all the way out of the double bye.

Poll

Who wins?

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  • 59%
    Michigan State
    (68 votes)
  • 40%
    Rutgers
    (46 votes)
114 votes total Vote Now

Northwestern Wildcats at Ohio State Buckeyes

NU: 12-13, KP 69 | OSU: 16-9, KP 38
7:30pm | BTN

MNW: Kaleb Wesson vs. Dererk Pardon would be an exciting matchup of centers if this was December and there was still any buzz around either of these programs. Instead, it’ll be the usual race to 60 as fans of both programs assure the other “no, you’ll probably win; we’re awful.”

Ohio State will probably win; Northwestern is awful.

Poll

What do you think?

This poll is closed

  • 86%
    Ohio State will probably win; Northwestern is awful.
    (78 votes)
  • 13%
    Northwestern will probably win; Ohio State is awful.
    (12 votes)
90 votes total Vote Now

Thursday

#7 Michigan Wolverines at Minnesota Golden Gophers

MI: 23-3, KP 6 | MN: 17-9, KP 46
6pm | ESPN

WSR: Michigan? Oh hell.

Poll

Little Brown Jug, hoops edition:

This poll is closed

  • 63%
    Wolverines
    (80 votes)
  • 36%
    Gophers
    (46 votes)
126 votes total Vote Now

Here’s your open thread. Behave.