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Off Tackle Open Threads: December 2nd Basketball

Down goes Purdue, Northwestern beats #1 two years in a row!

Purdue v Northwestern
Boo Buie is fantastic
Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Sure some of you are watching or talking about football today, but the superior sport of basketball is ongoing.

Recaps

Northwestern Wildcats 92, 1 Purdue Boilermakers 88 (OT)

BoilerUp89: For the second year in a row, Northwestern knocks off #1 Purdue in Evanston. Boo Buie put on a show and the Wildcats kept running action to get Fletcher Loyer guarding him in OT - a real mismatch that Buie took full advantage of. Buie led the Wildcats with 31 points and 9 assists. He was joined in the 20 points club by teammates Ty Berry (21) and Ryan Langborg (20). Northwestern committed just 3 turnovers! The Wildcats went a blistering 10 of 20 from three and shooting that hot will win most games.

Purdue struggled with the same issues that plagued them last year. Despite winning the rebounding battle 52 to 27, Northwestern still got off more field goal attempts because Purdue couldn’t take care of the basketball. Turnovers were a killer - the Boilermakers had chances to make it a two possession game late in regulation and with two minutes left in OT, but threw the ball away both possessions. Those were just 2 of their 17 turnovers and they had 5 turnovers in OT. The other issue was that Purdue couldn’t shoot. From three they were just 5 of 19 and they missed a bunch of bunnies. Zach Edey had 35 points including the game tying layup with 1 second in regulation, but somebody has to knock down open threes. Purdue went 0 for the second half from behind the arc before breaking that drought in OT.

The big takeaways from this game are 1) Purdue is mortal, particularly when their opponent plays great basketball and 2) Northwestern is more than capable of playing some great basketball. Hats off to both teams on tremendous basketball game. Hopefully all Big Ten games will be this entertaining.

MNW: That was...wow.

Boo Buie.

I’m not quite sure what to take away from this—my goodness was Buie on fire on a night where Brooks Barnhizer didn’t quite have it, and my goodness is turning the ball over just three times in an overtime game something ridiculous. The ‘Cats running plays down the stretch explicitly to get Buie matched up on whichever Loyer that was warmed my cold, dead heart. I don’t think we’ll see Purdue play that poorly in the backcourt too often, but some of that shooting and defense was rough.

The ‘Cats sure have a bit of swagger behind them now, and with a little break for Finals Week, we’ll see how these things continue. In the meantime: ridiculously exciting, ridiculously fun, I hated it so much, I loved it so much, roll damn ‘Cats.

Indiana Hoosiers 65, Maryland Terrapins 53

BoilerUp89: The night’s undercard involved two teams struggling from three point range. They lived up to their reputation going a combined 5 of 25 from deep. The Hoosiers however didn’t settle for outside shots. No Xavier Johnson in this one as he’s still recovering from an injury. Instead the Hoosiers worked the ball inside, bullied Maryland, and crushed the turtles on the glass 46-20. Kel’el Ware had 18 points to go with 14 rebounds. Despite 20 points from Jahmir Young to lead all scorers, I’m officially selling all my Maryland basketball stock for this season. Jordan Geronimo had a night to forget in his return to Bloomington: 0 points on 0 of 5 shooting and 3 turnovers.

MaximumSam: Maryland was truly horrid on the road last season, yet somehow quite good at home. They have yet to play anyone with a pulse at home this season, but are definitely living up to the horror on the road. I really don’t understand these splits, but it is entertaining.

Previews

BoilerUp89: There’s a decent chance this article doesn’t drop until Sunday. In which case, writing previews for these games is dumb because they will be over and we will just recap them. So I’ll skip giving my thoughts other than to say Penn State, Marquette, Oregon, Rutgers.

MaximumSam: Do the people want a basketball open thread on a football Saturday? It’s not really a football Saturday, though - it just exists for the Content for the networks. Well, we’ll throw it up.

336 Bucknell Bison (2-7) at 126 Penn State Nittany Lions (4-3) (-19.5), 11 am, BTN

misdreavus79: Well, we know Penn State doesn’t do well against top 100 teams, so praise the lord that they’re playing a sub-300 team instead!

8 Marquette Golden Eagles (6-1) at 37 Wisconsin Badgers (5-2) (+2.5), 11:30 am, FOX

MaximumSam: Marquette is everything fun about basketball - they move the ball and set up good shots, and on the defense they are fast and active and force turnovers. Wisconsin is, uh, Wisconsin. Still, after getting thumped a couple times early, they looked the part against Virginia and have won 4 in a row. They get the Eagles in the Kohl Center, and a win could do wonders. Torvik goes Eagles by a hair, 70-69.

Kind of...: I honestly don’t get how Marquette is only expected to win by one. But maybe a 14-point neutral court win over Kansas doesn’t go as far as it used to. And maybe I’m still scarred by Badgers’ no-show against Providence. As a rivalry, UW/Marquette typically delivers. It’s 12-10 UW over the last 22 meetings (i.e., Bo Ryan’s first sesaon). Of the last five matchups, two went to OT and a different one was decided by a bucket. But there’s a whel of randomness element. Smart money would say that UW’s best chance would be the height advantage, but, well, we see how that worked out for Kansas and Hunter Dickinson. Wisconsin’s probably good enough to keep it close, but feels like Marquette defense tightens the screws down the stretch and the Golden Eagles win by 4-8.

54 Michigan Wolverines (4-3) at 40 Oregon Ducks (4-2) (-2.5), 2:30 pm, FS1

MaximumSam: The Duck football team couldn’t get it done, which means it’s very likely the Michigan football team plays Washington in the playoffs. Basketball wise, Oregon is coming off a couple losses in their preseason tourney (the won Ohio State won). They’ve been without big men N’Faly Dante and Nate Bittle due to injury. That’s made them more guard dependent than they planned to be, and they haven’t been as efficient scoring. Juwan Howard is apparently mostly back, to the point where is declared himself an assistant coach. Let’s see if he gets ejected again. Torvik goes Oregon, 78-72.

39 Illinois Fighting Illini (5-1) at 55 Rutgers Scarlet Knights (5-1) (-1), 3 pm, BTN

MaximumSam: Two teams that are probably still figuring things out, we should at least expect some elbows. Illinois has played two teams with a pule and got bounced by Marquette and was in a big struggle with Oakland. They are somehow shooting better from two (57.3%) than they are from the free throw line (57.1%). They are still mostly point guard free, but that hasn’t hurt them too much. They are playing great defense, good for 14th in the country.

Rutgers offensive game has been almost uniformly bad, with the exception that they do get to the line a lot. Of course, their defensive stats are great. If Torvik charted things like tossing guards through a scoring table, Rutgers might be even better. Feels like a rock fight is incoming. Torvik goes Rutgers, 67-66.