Update, 12/5: There is only Northwestern-Chicago State today. This was all a fantastic idea.
Also lol wisconsin RING OUT AHOYA
Some Big Ten basketball games happened this week. Wanna know more?
Iowa beat Western Illinois by roughly 100 last night. Luka Garza scored a lot of points but the Hawkeye offense was otherwise pretty inefficient; thankfully they don’t play anyone good any time soon so I’m sure none of this will be a problem, no sir.
Big Ten Games
Here are the Big Ten games (already!) happening. All times CT.
Friday, December 4
Maryland Terrapins vs. St. Peter’s Peacocks
2pm | BTN | MD -13 | O/U 134
The Fightin’ ‘Cocks are a tricky out—they took St. John’s to the wire and should’ve gotten the W in Carnesecca. Forwards Fousseyni Drame and K.C. Ndefo, along with Daryl Banks III, handle the scoring for the Peacocks, who slow things down (KP 330 in tempo despite playing St. John’s) and can splash the three with decent efficiency.
I’ve just talked myself into St. Peter’s covering.
#8 Michigan State Spartans vs. Detroit Mercy Titans
4pm | BTN | MSU -25.5 | O/U 152
This is the Titans’ first game. I can’t be bothered to learn anything about them; I doubt they’re very good.
I lied; Antoine Davis scored 24.5 ppg last year and is back this year. That’s fun.
6pm | FS1 | wisc -4.5 | O/U 137
IT’S HATE WEEK.
Marquette is prone to its baffling, frustrating, annoying stretches—they shot 8 of 31 in the second half against Oklahoma State, and their raw potential probably won’t be able to hang with the veteran, balanced badger offense.
But MY Marquette Golden Eagles have the size to match up with wisconsin: twin towers Dawson Garcia and MY LARGE ADULT SON Theo John can challenge Nate Reuvers and Micah Potter inside, while senior G Koby McEwen can score in buckets and Jamal Cain is a double-double threat who will provide a nice test for Aleem Ford.
So fuck it: Eagles by 5. Get dicked, sconnies. RING OUT AHOYA.
Purdue Boilermakers vs. Valparaiso Crusaders
6pm | BTN | Purdue -16 | O/U 140
Outlook: The Crusaders just lost to UIC. This will go about as well as you expect it to.
Who will Zach Edey eat tonight? That appears to be F Ben Krikke (12 ppg, 2.5 rpg), who tips the scales at 6’9”, 230.
Why the new format? I’m previewing Purdue-Valpo. You’re lucky we’re talking about it at all.
Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. North Dakota Fighting Hawks
8pm | BTN | Minn -21.5 | O/U 149
The Fighting Hawks just lost to Dixie State in the Trailblazers’ first Division 1 game.
Can you imagine some team doing that?
UND is one of the worst defensive teams in the country, Marcus Carr should score eleventy billion points, and Ralph Engelstad is a Nazi memorabilia-collecting fuckstain.
Saturday, December 5
Maryland at James Madison Dukes
2pm | FloHoops
No. [Update: Nope!]
Northwestern Wildcats vs. Chicago State Cougars
4pm | BTN | NU by a lot
Chicago State HC Lance Irvin is not coaching this season because he is a two-time cancer survivor. (Yes, I willingly read a WAC basketball message board. Moving on.)
Huge kudos to the Cougars for staying entirely in Illinois (the first nine non-conference games) and Iowa (Drake and Iowa State). No player is averaging 10 ppg, the whole team is averaging under 50 ppg, and my only hope for this game is that Ryan Young shows off some post moves against 7’ Luxembourg center Lou Demuth.
Now I’m actually excited for this game—a 7-foot Luxemburger center. YES.
#23 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Alabama A&M Bulldogs
6pm | BTN | OSU by a lot more Your garden-variety bad SWAC team. I will not be looking into this game any more.
[Because it’s not happening!]
#5 Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks
8pm | BTN+? | oh the humanity
The Skyhawks are in a battle with SIU Edwardsville to be the worst team in the OVC.
None of that matters, because in deciding to do a little research, I realized this game is canceled. Moving on.
Sunday, December 6
Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Florida A&M Rattlers
1pm | BTN
3pm | BTN
The Knights aren’t bad and play decent defense (65th in KP). But Tacko Fall is not here (is Johnny Dawkins still here?), so that’s about that.
Ooh, they beat Auburn! That’s fun.
#8 Michigan State vs. Western Michigan Broncos
5pm | BTN
The Broncos hung tight with Butler in a season-opening 66-62 lost, then had two straight games canceled for COVID. They’re led by the scoring of B. Artis White, which is a pretty bitchin’ first name to have.
Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Seton Hall Pirates
7pm | BTN
The Hall has a win over Iona, 1-point loss at Louisville, and then got pounded at Rhode Island with former Terp product Makhi Mitchell grabbing a double-double for the Rams.
I have no idea what Penn State does, so I’ll just mention that the Pirates are led by F Sandro Mamukelashvili, which is just fantastic.
Other Games of Interest?
Friday, December 4
Fairfield Stags at Stony Brook Seawolves
3pm | ESPN3 | Stony Brook -4 | O/U 129
It’s a game. It’s on.
Georgia State Panthers at Charlotte 49ers
5pm | YouTube Live | GASt -3.5 | O/U 143
A genuinely competitive game, plus, YouTube Live! That’s kind of novel!
South Dakota State Jackrabbits at Bradley Braves
7pm | ESPN3 | Bradley -1 | O/U 137
Your reminder that the Jacks went to Ames and won a pay game over stupid-ass Iowa State. You truly hate to see it.
#21 Oregon Ducks at Seton Hall Pirates
8pm | FS1 | UO -2.5 | O/U 142
Are you a Penn State basketball fan? Do you want a preview of Seto—hey wait where are you going come back
Long Beach State 49ers at Loyola Marymount Lions
9pm | WCCtv | LMU -7.5 | O/U 145.5
The last game on. Always tune in for the last game on.
HOW IS DAN MONSON STILL EMPLOYED