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Off Tackle Open Threads: December 30th Basketball

Get drunk, quit your job, then demand it back

NCAA Basketball: New Orleans at Ohio State
Help me boys I smell pepperoni rolls
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Penn State Nittany Lions 90, Rider Broncs 63

Indiana Hoosiers 100, Kennesaw State Owls 87

BoilerUp89: Indiana spent much of this game trying to make my predictions look stupid before finally starting to pull away with about 10 minutes to go. Malik Reneau had a career high of 34 points and the Hoosiers made 7 three pointers. Is the shooting starting to come around? Defense needs some work.

Purdue Boilermakers 80, Eastern Kentucky Colonels 53

BoilerUp89: Purdue became the first Big Ten men’s basketball program in the past 50 years (possibly longer) to go undefeated in the non-conference three years in a row. Those wins include North Carolina, Villanova, Duke, Gonzaga, West Virginia, Marquette, Gonzaga (again), Marquette (again), Xavier, Alabama, Tennessee, Arizona, and last night’s victim: EKU.

Iowa Hawkeyes 103, Northern Illinois Huskies 74

Minnesota Golden Gophers 80, Maine Black Bears 62

BoilerUp89: Mike Mitchell Jr. had 5 three pointers and Elijah Hawkins had a double-double of the points/assists variety as the Gophers dispatched the Black Bears back to Maine. Congrats to Minnesota on not hurting the conference numbers with a bad loss this season.

McNeese State Cowboys 87, Michigan Wolverines 76

Brian: The ghost of Joe Dumars leads the Cowboys past the reeling Wolverines.

BoilerUp89: Should have known Will Wade wasn’t going to lose a buy game. McNeese currently is ranked by advanced metrics between Maryland and Rutgers so this isn’t a complete surprise, but it is still a disappointing loss for the Wolverines. Shahada Wells had 30 points for the Cowboys in the road win.

MaximumSam: McNeese dominated Michigan in the paint, 42-14 and pretty much controlled the game from wire to wire. That’s pretty bad!

Nebraska Cornhuskers 91, South Carolina State Bulldogs 62

BoilerUp89: Nebraska won the first half 50-11. Moving on...

Northwestern Wildcats 74, Jackson State Tigers 63

BoilerUp89: Ty Berry and Ryan Langborg combined for 37 points and Northwestern avoided a second bad loss that would have likely doomed their postseason hopes.

Illinois Fighting Illini 104, Fairleigh Dickinson Knights 71

BoilerUp89: The Big Ten is now on a 1 game winning streak versus FDU. B-1-G! B-1-G!


#351 Stonehill Skyhawks (2-12) at #77 Rutgers Scarlet Knights (7-4) (-26.5), 11 am, BTN

#55 Indiana State Sycamores (11-1) at #11 Michigan State Spartans (7-5) (-8.5), 1 pm, FS1

MaximumSam: The Spirit of Larry Legend lives on, as the Sycamores are currently above the Hoosiers in the state of Indiana rankings. They are doing it by deadeye marksmanship from anywhere and everywhere - they are fourth in the everloving country in three-point percentage, 6th in twos, and that results in being ranked #1 in the country in effective field goal percentage. Standard Ain’t Played Damn Nobody caveats exist, as they got bopped by Alabama by 22 and haven’t played anyone else in the Top 100. Still, Sparty better not have eaten too much pie. Torvik goes MSU, 80-70.

BoilerUp89: The last time Indiana State and Michigan State played was that national championship game between Larry and Magic. I think Indiana State is better than James Madison this season, but Michigan State has grown since that season opener. The Sycamores are an excellent shooting team with the nation’s best effective field goal percentage and a 41.4% mark from three. I won’t say that they will be the MVC’s representative this March, but that’s due to the fact that the Valley is deep this year and not a reflection of the talent for the Sycamores.

#17 Ohio State Buckeyes (10-2) (-10.5) v. #116 West Virginia Mountaineers (5-7), 6 pm, FOX

MaximumSam: What a weird season for West Virginia. They started with Bob Huggins getting another DUI and getting drummed out of the program like yesterday’s news. Then they missed like half their team for various reasons - RaeQuan Battle and Noah Farrakhan due to transfer waivers not being approved, Kerr Krissa due to suspension, and Akok Akok due to medical issues. Then the transfer rule was killed by the courts, everyone came back, and big man Jesse Edwards subsequently broke his wrist. All of this has led to a 5-7 team with losses to Radford and Monmouth. Hard to say what to expect - these guys are essentially still learning to play together, but Battle is a real Dude who has scored 29 in each of the two games he has played. For what it’s worth, Torvik goes Buckeyes, 74-64.

BoilerUp89: This game will be in Cleveland so you might expect a pro-Buckeyes crowd, but many Ohio State supporters will be busy at their Fire Ryan Day committees so it could an even crowd.