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Off Tackle Open Threads: December 3rd Basketball

The Battle for Nebraska’s Finest Runza

NCAA Basketball: Big Ten Conference Tournament First Round - Nebraska vs Minnesota
Hey Keisei how many wins are you gonna have over Creighton?
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Wisconsin Badgers 75, Marquette Golden Eagles 64

MaximumSam: Watch out, B1G, we’ve got a fully weaponized Wisconsin team gunning for you. Max Klesmit dropped 21, all in the first half, in route to a 46-33 halftime lead. The Running Gunning Badgers slowed down in the second half but led wire to wire to get a big win over Shaka Smart and company. With this win and the win over Virginia, I regret to inform you that Wisconsin is a contender.

MNW: Just more of the usual bullshit. Doesn’t matter how dogshit, some random white dude’s going to find his stroke for approximately ten minutes, hitting lucky off-balance threes. Long may it reign, etc etc etc.

Bucknell Bison 76, Penn State Nittany Lions 67

MaximumSam: What the hell, Nits?

Oregon Ducks 86, Michigan Wolverines 83

MaximumSam: Dug McDaniel played 42 minutes and scored 33 points. Unfortunately, Oregon had Jackson Shelstad in overtime.

Illinois Fighting Illini 76, Rutgers Scarlet Knights 58

MaximumSam: Rutgers got ferried out to sea on a new boat and shot in the chest by the Illini. Terrence Shannon dropped 23 and Marcus Domask 15, compared to zero Rutgers players getting double figures. Plus, Illinois blasted them on the boards, 55-27. Not shooting straight and then not rebounding is a poor combination.


#5 Creighton Bluejays (6-1) at #30 Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-0) (+4.5), 3 pm, FS1

MaximumSam: The Huskers are the current Kings of Nebraska, having beat Creighton last season in a win that announced the team wasn’t a big bag of wet socks anymore. Creighton returns a lot and has some lofty stats but did get clubbed by Colorado State by 21 earlier this season. Big man Ryan Kalkbrenner gets the pub, but wing Baylor Scheierman leads the team in points and rebounds. Torvik goes Creighton by a whisker, 74-73.

#108 Minnesota Golden Gophers (5-2) at #28 Ohio State Buckeyes (6-1) (-12.5), 5:30 pm, BTN

MaximumSam: Your B1G game of the day has a reunion between the Gophs and Jamison Battle. With OSU using him as more of a spot up shooter instead of a playmaker, he’s hitting a career high percentage on threes and a career low on twos. Well, you win some and lose some. Should be a fun battle on the inside where Dawson Garcia and Pharrel Payne have been good, and face the two headed center of Felix Okpara and Zed Key. Torvik goes Buckeyes, 77-66.