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Off Tackle Open Threads: December 4th Basketball

Coach Fran and Zach Edey naked wrestling tonight

NCAA Basketball: North Florida at Iowa
This mutha****** paid for BTN+
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Recaps

Creighton Bluejays 89, Nebraska Cornhuskers 60

No runzas in the Husker locker room tonight

BoilerUp89: Down goes the last of the Big Ten basketball undefeated teams. With the quality losses the Big Ten has collected, they are assured to make the College Football Playoff.

Creighton attempted 40 three-pointers in this game. In the first half they made 10 before cooling off and only making 4 in the second period. Even their colder shooting after halftime was better than anything Nebrasketball did. The Cornhuskers were 2 of 22 from three and unable to effectively score inside. Baylor Scheierman led all scorers with 24 points on 6 of 19! shooting from behind the arc. Keisei Tominaga led the Cornhuskers with 20 but didn’t get enough assistance from his teammates in the scoring department.

Ohio State Buckeyes 84, Minnesota Golden Gophers 74

MaximumSam: OSU was up by 22 in the first half, but could never quite put away the Gophs and Dawson Garcia, who put up 36(!) in a losing effort. Jamison Battle clearly wanted to impress and scored 25, one fewer than Bruce Thornton’s 26. They could have used some more out of their insides guys - Zed Key and Felix Okpara combined for 7 points.

BoilerUp89: Why is Isaiah Ihnen still starting for the Gophers? He played 7 minutes. He’s been scoreless for three games in a row. Same question for Braeden Carrington who played 12 minutes and didn’t attempt a shot in this game. The Gophers aren’t a great roster, but they are better than their results. Lot of coaching malpractice going on in Minneapolis.

For the Buckeyes, a blistering 9 of 17 from deep helped get them the win in this one. Not sure you want to be reliant on shooting above 50% from three to beat the Gophers though. Then again the Gophers only ever cut it to 6 in the second half, so perhaps the Buckeyes took their foot off the gas pedal and coasted a bit.

Previews

#48 Iowa Hawkeyes (5-2, 0-0) at #1 Purdue Boilermakers (7-1, 0-1) (-13.5), 6 pm, BTN

MaximumSam: Iowa gets the unenviable task of traveling to West Lafayette after Purdue got popped by Northwestern. The Hawkeyes have played a lot of minutes without a traditional center, going with the Crocodile Hunter as their big man. Not sure that will get them far against Zach Edey and company, but perhaps Fran’s glare can power them to grow a few inches. Iowa has done a decent job defending the three point line - more Give Edey His defense incoming? Perhaps. Torvik goes Purdue, 91-76.

BoilerUp89: The strategy to defeat Purdue is the same it has been for the past season and a third. Force some turnovers, get hot from three, hope Purdue misses shots. Iowa is certainly capable of the 2nd but their defensive pressure hasn’t been nearly as good as Northwestern’s this season. We will see if Iowa extends the full court press against Purdue like they have in recent years and how their defense adapts to the challenge of guarding Edey.

It’s also Purdue’s canned food charity game, promoted heavily by Caleb Furst playing Caleb the Elf. Below is my favorite promotional video from this year.