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Off Tackle Open Threads: December 10th Basketball

Who needs the NFL when you have the B1G?

NCAA Basketball: Nebraska at Minnesota
The ancient art of yelling at the ball to do your bidding
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Arizona Wildcats 98, Wisconsin Badgers 73

Badgers aren’t meant to go west

BoilerUp89: Arizona is really, really good. The Wildcats have players everywhere and had every starter finish in double figures. Wisconsin actually shot better from three (47.6% to 46.2%) and Arizona was still able to pick their score. That’s because the Badgers couldn’t get anything going inside the arc against Arizona’s defense. John Blackwell was a lone bridge spot from the Badgers with 17 points on 4 of 5 shooting from three.

Purdue Boilermakers 92, Alabama Crimson Tide 86

MaximumSam: Purdue gets another great win against a game Tide squad. Alabama took a early lead due to some great three point shooting, and while they cooled off they still battled quite a bit and were ahead with less then five to go. Zach Edey and Mark Sears were both monsters, with 37 and 35, but Braden Smith was the difference - he had 27 to go along with 8 assists and 5 rebounds.

BoilerUp89: In the first half Alabama went 13 of 25 from three but finished the half only up 2 points. They slightly cooled off in the second half (6 of 21 from behind the arc), but beating a team with 19 made three pointers requires something extra. Zach Edey and Braden Smith were a tremendous 1-2 punch for Purdue in this one. Limiting themselves to 9 turnovers and putting the entire Alabama frontcourt in the penalty box didn’t hurt either.

Tennessee Volunteers 86, Illinois Fighting Illini 79

MaximumSam: Illinois hung tough on the road, but had a rough spell in the second half when the game got pretty physical. Terrence Shannon and Marcus Domask combined to go 1-11 from three, and Tennessee both got more rebounds and more assists. Quincy Guerrier did have a nice game, with 22 and 5 rebounds.

BoilerUp89: Tennessee has a smothering defense and took Marcus Domask out of this game while forcing Shannon Jr. to be inefficient in getting his points. While Guerrier made up for these scoring issues, Illinois wasn’t able to slow down what’s been an ineffective Tennessee offense for most of this season.

Minnesota Golden Gophers 77, Florida Gulf Coast 57

BoilerUp89: No Dawson Garcia, no problem. Without their star, Minnesota comfortably beat old friend Pat Chambers by three times what the Hoosiers did back on opening night. Ola-Joseph led the way with 17 points.

Auburn Tigers 104, Indiana Hoosiers 76

At least Indiana is a state

BoilerUp89: It’s not often that you see Indiana give up 100 points to someone. The defense was porous and Bruce Pearl never told his team to stop sprinting up the floor on every opportunity so Auburn was still scoring in transition late. Offensively, it’s hard to watch Indiana when Kel’el Ware can’t beat up on smaller opponents. In the two games the Hoosiers have faced good post defenders (Auburn and UConn), Ware has gone 0 of 6 and 1 of 6 from the field. The Hoosiers have been blown out in both of them because the guards aren’t able to do it on their own.

Penn State Nittany Lions 83, Ohio State Buckeyes 80

MaximumSam: Early in the second half, Ohio State was up 18 and the game looked to be Going According to Plan. Then a combo of sloppy Buckeye play and great Penn State shooting landed the Nits their first B1G win of the Mike Rhoades era. Kanye Clary again led them in scoring and Ace Baldwin had a huge three down the stretch. For the Buckeyes, a damaging loss - we’ll see if they tailspin like they did last year

BoilerUp89: I was ready to label Ohio State a tournament team. They still might be when its all said and done, but this is a bad loss. Too many turnovers for the Buckeyes did them in. Credit to Penn State for battling back though. They got contributions from their bench as Leo O’Boyle and D’marco Dunn combined for 31 points and 6 of 9 shooting from deep.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights 70, Seton Hall Pirates 63

MaximumSam: Purdue and Rutgers save the B1G from a being a complete tire fire. The Knights held Seton Hall to 15% shooting from three, which rarely gets it done. Four, count ‘em, four Rutgers players got in double figures. A Christmas miracle.

BoilerUp89: This game would be illegal under BU89’s proposed rules for Division 1 basketball. Rutgers finally got some shooting going. They went 12 of 24 from three. The hot shooting combined with Seton Hall’s abysmal numbers (36.1% from the field, 15% from three, and 59.3% from the free throw line) proved to be the difference in this game.


#329 Detroit Mercy Titans (0-9) at #41 Northwestern Wildcats (6-1) (-24.5), 1 pm

MaximumSam: I’m impressed Northwestern found an 0-9 team to play. Torvik goes Cats, 79-57.

BoilerUp89: Detroit Mercy has Abdullah Olajuwon - Hakeem’s son - on their roster. The Titans are clearly missing the contributions of NCAA Division 1’s second all-time leading scorer Antoine Davis this year though.

#55 Michigan Wolverines (4-5, 0-1) at #61 Iowa Hawkeyes (5-4, 0-1) (-4.5), 3:30 pm, BTN

MaximumSam: Iowa has gotten clobbered two times in a row on the road, but now comes home. This could be a fun game - both of these teams are happy to run and shoot and play NBA All Star game levels of defense. Torvik goes Iowa, 83-80.

BoilerUp89: Both teams need a victory as you never want to start out 0-2 in B1G play and the doubts are starting to creep in both both squads. Defense is optional.

#20 Michigan State Spartans (4-4, 0-1) at #42 Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-2, 0-1) (+3.5), 5:30 pm, BTN

MaximumSam: Big game for both of these teams. Sparty is starting to need some wins, but goes on the road against a quality Husker team. The Huskers are coming off a rough loss to Minnesota and don’t want to start 0-2 in the conference. Torvik goes Huskers, 69-68.

BoilerUp89: Michigan State doesn’t have an awful loss yet, but they also don’t have a single good win. For Nebraska, it turns out playing Rider and Stony Brook didn’t prepare them for when the schedule got tougher. Both teams will lean on the defense a little bit while hoping they can knock down some outside shots for once.