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Off Tackle Open Threads: December 22nd Basketball

A New Jersey Christmas

Vincent Pastore Collects Toys For Easter Seals
Not in the face
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Recaps

Wisconsin Badgers 80, Chicago State 53

MaximumSam: The Badgers have become the Kings of Chicago. One hot dog for everyone.

Illinois Fighting Illini 97, Missouri Tigers 73

Braggin’ Rights Unlocked

Maryland Terrapins 69, UCLA Bruins 60

MaximumSam: What’s this? Maryland went on the road and won a game? I find that very hard to believe. Jahmir Young got tired of messing around and scored 37, while Donta Scott had 17, and the rest of the Terps provided little to nothing. Speaking of little to nothing, UCLA’s Lazar Stefanovic played 35 minutes and scored 1 point.

Previews

#33 Mississippi State Bulldogs (9-2) v. #75 Rutgers Scarlet Knights (7-3) (+2.5), 11 am, BTN

MaximumSam: One final B1G game before the Christmas break sees Rutgers traveling a few miles to Newark to face the Bulldogs. Their best win is over....Northwestern, though since that game they dropped contests to Georgia Tech and Southern. They play defense first and second and these teams will try to stuff each other into a toilet. Rutgers is 2-0 since Mawot Mag reappeared, and this will be his toughest test yet. Torvik goes Bulldogs, 66-62.

With that, the B1G is off until Wednesday. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas full of Tinker Toys and Lincoln Logs and maybe a few elbows for anyone trying to get the last swig of eggnog.