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Off Tackle Open Threads: December 5th Basketball

Are you ready for Jimmy V at every commercial break?

NCAA Basketball: Battle 4 Atlantis Fifth Place-Michigan at Texas Tech
Live look at Michigan on ball defense
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Recaps

Purdue Boilermakers 87, Iowa Hawkeyes 68

NCAA Basketball: Iowa at Purdue
Braden Smith and Lance Jones did a great job pushing the pace against Iowa’s defense
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BoilerUp89: Purdue led 69-34 with 13:55 left before letting off the gas and allowing Iowa to get the final margin within 20 in the final minute. Purdue limited themselves to just 8 turnovers after a bad turnover night on Friday. While Zach Edey had 25 points and 12 rebounds in only 24 minutes of play, Braden Smith and Lance Jones picked apart the Iowa press and continually attacked it leading to tons of easy buckets for Purdue. The Hawkeyes eventually stopped pressing midway through the second half, but the decision was made later than it probably should have been. For Iowa, Ben Krikke led them with 16 points and Tony Perkins chipped in 12.

Previews

#8 Florida Atlantic Owls (7-1) v. #30 Illinois Fighting Illini (6-1) (+2.5), 5:30 pm, ESPN

MaximumSam: The Illini head to Madison Square Garden to face the Owls in the Jimmy V Classic. You may remember the Owls from last year’s tourney, where they parlayed a 9 seed into a Final Four berth. They returned a bunch of guys from that team and are rather good, having a win over TAMU, five double digit wins over top 100 teams, and a bizarre loss to Bryant. Can’t win ‘em all, I guess. Big man Vladislav Goldin leads the way, but they have a ton of quality contributors and this could be a fun game. Torvik goes FAU, 76-72.

BoilerUp89: Future Hoosiers head coach Dusty May leads the Owls against Illini. Goldin is fantastic in the post, but the Owls have shooting everywhere (six guys are over 35% from three) and aren’t a pushover on the other end of the floor either. Can Illinois keep up with FAU’s offense? If not, they are going to have to get an edge in the rebounding column. They should have an advantage there.

#31 Wisconsin Badgers (6-2) at #14 Michigan State Spartans (4-3) (-5.5), 6 pm, Peacock

MaximumSam: The first B1G for both of these teams is a banger. Wisconsin is coming off awesome wins over Marquette and Virginia, while Sparty didn’t ace their preseason test but has quietly improved since losing to James Madison. Like a few Big Ten teams, some permabad three point shooting has held them down, and their free throw shooting hasn’t been much better. Wisconsin has also struggled from deep, and only shot 25% from three against Marquette. Both of these teams like to move the ball inside with their guards and forwards, so expect a paint fight. Torvik goes MSU, 68-63.

BoilerUp89: Wisconsin and Michigan State finally enter conference play. Both teams will lean on their defense as the three point shooting hasn’t been there for either squad. Sparty’s shooting has been slightly better of late. Since going 6.5% in their first two games, they’ve actually been 33% from behind the arc.

The matchup to watch for me is Steven Crowl vs. the Michigan State centers. Sparty has to be able to hold their own there to keep this game in contention.

Kind of...: That smart hoops writers here at OTE are putting the onus on MSU to contain Steven Crowl tells you that UW has turned things around since an awful performance against Providence. Definitely a “house money” feel for the Badgers given that this 1) is on the round and 2) follows an upset of then #3 Marquette. At the same time, if you gotta to East Lansing, early December is usually better than late February. Wisconsin has a puncher’s chance. Could be a good game...if you have Peacock.

#52 Indiana Hoosiers at #53 Michigan Wolverines (-7.5), 8 pm, Peacock

MaximumSam: Speaking of permabad three point shooting, we have the Hoosiers. Something has to give here. The Hoosiers are 350th in three point shooting, but the Wolverines are 342nd in three point defense. Can Indiana score against an open gym? Torvik goes Michigan, 74-71.

BoilerUp89: Indiana seems to know they can’t shoot. They do not shoot three pointers. Michigan’s post players have played well offensively spurts this season, but have to find a way to limit the Hoosiers post game and that’s not an easy task for good defensive teams - which Michigan is not.

Will Xavier Johnson play in this one or will Indiana continue playing a man down?

Poll

FAU or Illinois?

This poll is closed

  • 46%
    Owls
    (7 votes)
  • 53%
    Illini
    (8 votes)
15 votes total Vote Now

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Wisconsin or Sparty?

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  • 66%
    Badgers
    (16 votes)
  • 33%
    Spartans
    (8 votes)
24 votes total Vote Now

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Indiana or Michigan?

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  • 76%
    Hoosiers
    (13 votes)
  • 23%
    Wolverines
    (4 votes)
17 votes total Vote Now