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Off Tackle Open Threads: January 12th Basketball

Friday Night Fran

NCAA Basketball: Michigan at Iowa
In the future, teams will be helmed by giant posters
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Recaps

Maryland Terrapins 64, Michigan Wolverines 57

MaximumSam: Michigan announced Dug McDaniel would no longer be available for road games for the foreseeable future due to academics. A quaint notion, really, harking back to the days when student athletes went to class and turned in papers they wrote themselves. Anyways, the point guard-less Wolverines were up 12 at the half, but their inability to score eventually let Maryland take the lead for good, led by Donta Scott’s 22.

BoilerUp89: I don't understand how McDaniel can play in home games but not road games. Whatever, the clock is ticking on the Juwan Howard era.

Illinois Fighting Illini 71, Michigan State Spartans 68

MaximumSam: Brad Underwood paired down his rotation to just six guys, and Illinois held off Sparty at home. Pour one out for my beautiful boy Dain Dainja, who played just five minutes. It looks like Dainja Time is officially a Thing from Last Year. Also pour one out for Sparty, who are 1-4 in the conference. They certainly aren’t dead, but they do need to win some games to ensure Izzo can conquer March again like I told you he would.

BoilerUp89: The 1-4 start is a first for Izzo. The schedule does get easier moving forward though so don't rule them out from making a run.

Previews

#84 Minnesota Golden Gophers (12-3, 3-1) at #96 Indiana Hoosiers (11-5, 3-2) (-4.5), 5:30 pm, FS1

MaximumSam: Gopher Watch! This is another winnable game for them, though the Hoosiers have been much tougher at home. The natives are getting a little restless in Indiana, and Mike Woodson is telling people he doesn’t have to justify his decisions “when it comes to the fans or you,” so things are going swimmingly. Torvik goes Hoosiers, 75-72.

BoilerUp89: Indiana is more dangerous at home but is the fanbase going to be fired up for a Friday night game against Minnesota?

#40 Nebraska Cornhuskers (13-3, 3-2) at #65 Iowa Hawkeyes (9-6, 1-3) (-4.5), 8:30 pm, BTN

MaximumSam: The Huskers are fresh off a program exclaiming win over Purdue and now realize the season isn’t over and they have to keep playing games. A good test for Nebraska, really, to see how they handle success. Iowa is still a shadow of themselves, though they did eviscerate Rutger’s defense in their last game, not an easy thing to do. Torvik goes Iowa by a point, 85-84.

BoilerUp89: During the game thread for the Purdue-Nebraska game earlier this week, I said Nebraska will be fine to make the NCAA tournament so long as they get some road wins. Any road wins. Nebraska, this is a prime opportunity.