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Off Tackle Open Threads: December 20th Basketball

Our Beautiful Nerds Head West

NCAA Basketball: Northwestern at DePaul
Coach says pizza party at Lou Malnati’s if we win!
Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports


Indiana Hoosiers 69, Morehead State Eagles 68

BoilerUp89: Morehead led 64-49 with 8:58 to play. Indiana went on a 17-0 run over the next 6:47 to take the lead. The Eagles still had possession down 1 with 24 seconds remaining. After a timeout, Jordan Lathon isolation play failed and the Hoosiers escape with a win. Lathon had 30 for Morehead to lead all scorers. Anthony Walker led the Hoosiers with 18 points off the bench.

MaximumSam: The Hoosiers have fallen to 78th on Torvik, but Indiana State has climbed to 55th. Larry Bird is smiling.

Florida Gators 106, Michigan Wolverines 101 (2OT)

BoilerUp89: Michigan was the better shooting team, but Florida had 21 offensive rebounds which kept them in the game. Ironically, it was a missed box out by the Gators that led to Michigan’s game tying bucket off an offensive board near the end of regulation. Dug McDaniel had 33 points to lead all scorers but that was counteracted somewhat by his 6 turnovers. Florida’s bench outscored Michigan’s backups by a 43 to 3 margin which should be a worrisome sign for Michigan fans. In two (or fewer) possession games this season, Michigan is 1-4. Last year, the Wolverines were 3-12 in those games.

Maryland Terrapins 73, Nicholls State Colonels 67

BoilerUp89: Nicholls State shot 12 of 22 from three and that kept them in the game most of the way with the Colonels leading by as many as 9 in the second half. 8 missed free throws doomed the upset bid. Jahmir Young had 23 points, 11 rebounds, and was a perfect 11 of 11 at the free throw line which closed out the game. Julian Reese had a career high 6 blocks to go along with 9 points and 13 rebounds.


#266 North Dakota Fighting Hawks (8-4) at #38 Nebraska Cornhuskers, (9-2) (-18.5), 6:30 pm

BoilerUp89: Nebraska’a defense locked up Kansas State in their last game. They need to take care of business and avoid the ugly loss here. The Fighting Hawks (as opposed to the regular Hawks?) have zero wins against top 250 competition. Fans of good shooting performances should avert their eyes since North Dakota has struggled to put the ball through the hoop.

#332 UMBC Retrievers (5-8) at #61 Iowa Hawkeyes (6-5) (-25.5), 7 pm, BTN

BoilerUp89: Former Penn State interim coach Jim Ferry brings the golden Retrievers into Iowa. Ferry’s team doesn’t play a lick of defense and they haven’t seen a shot they don’t like. UMBC has the shortest offensive possessions in all of Division 1. Expect Iowa to break 100 win or lose.

#56 Northwestern Wildcats (8-2) (-3.5) v. #97 Arizona State Sun Devils (6-4), 7:30 pm, ESPN2

BoilerUp89: Northwestern tries to continue repairing their non-conference resume in a “neutral” site game located in Phoenix. This is game 1 of a double-header with the second game involving Arizona facing off against Alabama, so perhaps Northwestern will benefit from fellow Wildcat fans on their side. The Sun Devils rely on their defense while struggling to score or rebound. Point guard Frankie Collins and well traveled wing Jose Perez (on his fourth school in 5 seasons) account for much of the Arizona State offense. Let’s not forget former Buckeye Alonzo Gaffney who has been the Sun Devils’ starting PF.

MaximumSam: Well, Gaffney didn’t exactly have a memorable run at Ohio State. But, hey, they’ve got Michigan Old Friend Frankie Collins and Illini Old Friend Adam Miller, and they all share the same trait that they haven’t gotten any better at Arizona State. Another former Buckeye, Luther Muhammad, is finally gone after setting his career on fire by heading west. Torvik goes Northwestern, 68-65.