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Down Goes Iowa! Big Ten Basketball Recaps, Weekend Preview and Open Thread

Purdue nabs an upset, Michigan gets back to their usual selves.

NCAA Basketball: Indiana at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Pretty bummed I’m gonna need to watch my Rhode Island-at-St. Bonaventure’s games elsewhere now.

Anywho, there are B1G hoops games afoot. And some happened this week!


Illinois 79, Penn State 65

Thump: Penn State is pretty bad. Kofi Cockburn is pretty good, We’re starting to get some more out of the role players like Grandison and Hawkins, but results against Penn State miiiiight not translate to results against Iowa.

Purdue 67, Ohio State 65

BoilerBettor: I had legit concerns about this one. The first matchup at Mackey saw Purdue keep Ohio State at arm’s length and grind out a win. That time, the Buckeyes didn’t have EJ Liddell. This time they did and I had legit concerns about Purdue’s bigs staying on the floor.

As it turns out, this game followed a very different script but one Matt Painter has played before. Ohio State led for most of this game, sometimes pushing the advantage to double-digits but could never deliver the knockout blow. The grind was real and Trevion Williams, Eric Hunter Jr., and Sasha Stefanovic had the table set. When Jaden Ivey stepped back, I thought for certain the freshman was going to pass to Sasha or hope for Trevion to grab a rebound (seriously, he’s 7/33 from deep) but the shot rang true and the Boilers grabbed another road W.

This is not pretty basketball by any stretch of the imagination but it’s winning basketball and this crazy young team is gelling at the right time.

Michigan 87, Maryland 63

BrianB2: Um, holding Hunter Dickinson to 3 points is a small victory, right? Hunter Dickinson has to be the worst name in the Big Ten, right? If not the entire country...Watching the games on mute in the background because I am not very invested does carry the added benefit of not having to listen to Dan Dakich.

Wisconsin 68, Northwestern 52

MNW: ‘Cats forgot to account for Tyler Wahl. Boo Buie managed to commit THREE offensive fouls. Chase Audige has his moments but things just aren’t clicking for Northwestern.

The badgers did what the badgers usually do. If you are not a fan of either of these teams and you watched this game of your own volition, seek help.

Penn State 75, Rutgers 67

The wheels have fallen back off for Rutgers.

Indiana 81, Iowa 69

Probably want to make a field goal or two over the last 12:00 of the game, Hawkeyes.

Candystripes: I watched the first half of the game, was pretty sure Iowa would eventually pull out to a comfortable 7-12 point win, turned the TV off, finished up at work, got out to my car, and heard on the radio “With 2 minutes to go, Indiana leads by 11”, and I could not imagine how that had happened. #TeamChaos didn’t die, it just flipped over to basketball.

Stewmonkey13: Indiana’s pack-line is doing some work and Iowa hasn’t been passing and finding open shooters. Also, Archie hasn’t worn his mask literally at all the entire game.

Just a terrible all around game. This should have been a comfortable Hoosier win if not for free throws. Really, Indiana could have easily won this by 20. It’s part good to great defense by Indiana, but Iowa was also just plain bad, too. The passing has been bad. 4/20 from 3. 13 assists. 37.5% total shooting. Season low in everything, I’d bet.

Joe Toussaint should have played a lot more when it became clear Jordan Bohannon didn’t have it.

It’s a season low on assists and FG%. Iowa did shoot slightly worse from 3 against Gonzaga, but not much. Season low on points, obviously. Worst game of Bohannon’s career. CJ Frederick out after 13 minutes. Good for Indiana, but also just a fucking terrible performance from Iowa, pretty much all around.

Luka Garza was good, though not nearly as efficient as he typically is.

Previews and Schedule

Friday, January 22

#7 Michigan Wolverines at Purdue Boilermakers

6pm | FS1 | Mich -4 | O/U 139.5

Hunter Dickinson vs. Zach Edey and Trevion Williams should be fun to watch.

Saturday, January 23

Maryland Terrapins at #17 Minnesota Golden Gophers

1pm | BTN

#15 Ohio State Buckeyes at #10 Wisconsin Badgers

3pm | CBS

Gross. And on national TV, too.

Northwestern Wildcats at Penn State Nittany Lions

6pm | BTN

Sunday, January 24

Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Indiana Hoosiers

11am | BTN

{WBB} #16 Indiana at #21 Northwestern

11am | ESPN2

Here’s your open thread for the weekend’s hoops and other sports I added in later. You can see that schedule below—Big Ten volleyball is back! Big Ten hockey is on! Wrestling is tonight, too, and Iowa is going to grind Minnesota into a fine powder!

Go nuts. Or behave. Or both.

Friday Sports of Interest

Big Ten Volleyball

Hey! This tips off tonight! COOL! Now I have something to badger BRT about...

#13 Purdue at #1 wisconsin

6:30pm | BTN

Big Ten Men’s Hockey

Arizona State at #4 Minnesota

5pm | FSN, BTN+

#8 Michigan at #16 Notre Dame

6:30pm | NBCSN

The Gophers are rolling and I miss InsertName, because I bet he’d have thoughts about this.

Big Ten Wrestling

#1 Iowa at #13 Minnesota

8pm | BTN

#18 Purdue at #19 Illinois

7pm | BTN+

Read all about the week that was and the weekend to come in Big Ten wrestling, courtesy of WhiteSpeedReceiver!

Men’s CBB

Saint Peter’s Peacocks at Siena Saints

6pm | ESPNU | Siena -4 | O/U 133

The Saints are one of the last undefeated teams in college basketball, weighing in at a whopping 6-0! While that’s not going to last, they and the Peacocks are two of the best teams in the MAAC, so give ‘er a watch.

Milwaukee Panthers at Cleveland State Vikings

8pm | ESPN2 | Cleveland -3.5 | O/U 135

Future Northwestern head coach Pat Baldwin is working a slow rebuild up in the Cream City, and the Panthers will have their hands full with a Vikings club that should be runner-up to Wright State in the Horizon unless Kentucky does anything wrong and gets them in trouble.


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