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Off Tackle Open Threads: November 30th Basketball

Our lonely eyes turn to Minnesota

NCAA Basketball: Missouri at Minnesota
Hey Ben how many wins you getting in the conference this year?
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Recaps

Ohio State Buckeyes 88, Central Michigan Chippewas 61

MaximumSam: A bit janky at times, the Bucks were paced by Bruce Thornton and his 25 points. The Big Ten halftime people thought Thornton had emerged as one of the top four players in the league along with Zach Edey, Tyson Walker, and Terrence Shannon. We’ll take it.

Iowa Hawkeyes 103, North Florida Ospreys 78

MaximumSam: Also a bit janky (they were down a point in the second half), they leaned on the Crocodile Hunter Krikke, who was a perfect 11/11 from the line and finished with 21.

BoilerUp89: I woke up from falling asleep in front of the TV and Iowa was trading the lead back and forth early in the 2nd half. The Hawkeyes then pulled away. My takeaway from this game: Iowa basketball on BTN captures every shoe squeak. Not sure if that's a floor issue or the production crew just wasn't very good last night.

Previews

#243 New Orleans Privateers at #124 Minnesota Golden Gophers (-12.5), 6 pm, BTN

MaximumSam: All right, one more day until we get actual Big Ten basketball, where we beat up on each other. That’s not to say there aren’t any dark days of jobbers out there, but the preseason officially concludes tonight with, uh, Minnesota and New Orleans. The Gophs were last seen getting curb stomped by San Francisco, but they should find easier sledding against the Privateers.

Some warning, the Privateers did play Loyola pretty tough, Loyola being loosely the same better than Minnesota. They are led by do everything point guard Jordan Johnson, who averages double the points and assists of the next guy and gets some rebounds too. They love to force turnovers and get out in transition, so Minny better bring their running shoes. Torvik goes Gophs, 82-70.

BoilerUp89: The Gophers will have an advantage on the glass and will need to live up to that by getting 2nd chance points and eliminating the Privateers 2nd chances. What makes this an interesting game though is turnovers - especially live ball turnovers. The Gophers turn the ball over a lot - over 20% of their possessions end in a turnover. Many of those turnovers are steals (the Gophers are bottom 10 in having the ball stolen) which can result in fast break points going the other way.

That fits right into the one strength of New Orleans - generating turnovers (particularly steals) and getting points off of turnovers. The Privateers are a top 25 teams in these areas. If New Orleans makes this a game, expect this to be a reason why.

Want some reprehensible basketball viewing?

Hi, MNW here. How are you?

  • Delaware State Hornets (+3.5, 136.5) at Chicago State Cougars [6pm, YouTube]: Kenpom #319 travels to Kenpom #341. Thaaaat’s the good stuff right there. The Cougars have a pair of BIG guards in 6’6” Wesley Cardet and 6’7” Jahsean Corbett who try to do it all themselves. They rarely can—the Cougars are 2-7, 0-3 at home—but Delaware State is 0-4 on the road! Someone’s O has gotta go!
  • SEMO State Redhawks (+7.5, 143.5) at Kansas City Roos [7pm, Summit League stream]: #343 travels to #303. Unfortunately, I think you have to pay for this one.
  • Lamar Cardinals (+3.5, O/U 159.5) at UTSA Roadrunners [8pm, ESPN+]: Two similarly bad teams (#295 and #306), but with the added bonus of a high point total and some back-and-forth basketball. If you’re not interested in watching the Big East-Big XII Battle (a real thing!) that’s on tonight, maybe these games will fancy your tickle.