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Off Tackle Open Threads: January 3rd Basketball

2024, where the Huskers are favored over the Hoosiers

NCAA Basketball: Michigan State at Nebraska
Runza here runza now
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Recaps

Purdue Boilermakers 67, Maryland Terrapins 53

BoilerUp89: The Boilers snapped Maryland’s 19 game home winning streak. The Terrapins’ inability to make shots contributed mightily to Purdue’s success in College Park as Purdue’s defense was more of the acceptable variety than the phenomenal. Jahmir Young had nearly half of Maryland’s points with 26 but needed 23 shot attempts to get to his tally. Julian Reese was held scoreless for Maryland. Purdue was led by a 23 point, 12 rebound night from Zach Edey but Edey had a semi-off night with 5 turnovers. To be fair to Zach, his final turnover came with 1 second left in the game as he volunteered to take the end of game shot clock violation instead of point guard Braden Smith.

Wisconsin Badgers 83, Iowa Hawkeyes 72

BoilerUp89: Iowa actually shot better from three than Wisconsin in this game and mostly held their own on points in the paint. They lost because the Badgers got to the free throw line again and again and made enough of their freebies from the charity stripe.

Illinois Fighting Illini 96, Northwestern Wildcats 66

BoilerUp89: It’s time we start taking Illinois serious as both a Big Ten contender and a national contender. They won’t always shoot the ball as well as they did in this one, but they are an extremely talented team even without Shannon. Marcus Domask had 32 points and Quincy Guerrier had a double-double. Despite going 8 of 16 from behind the three point line, Northwestern still got blown out.

Things could have been even uglier if the Wildcats missed more shots.

MNW: The ‘Cats didn’t have it from the get-go, and Brooks Barnhizer has gone dangerously cold. That’s a real problem if Northwestern is going to do the .500 B1G record necessary to get to the NCAA Tournament. (That, and jeeeeeeeeez is Illinois gonna be goddamn good if that Polish kid from wisconsin can pick on Ty Berry every night.)

Thankfully it is not, nor will it ever be, The Year, so I am well equipped to deal with this.

Previews

#90 Rutgers Scarlet Knights (8-4, 0-1) at #21 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-2, 1-1) (-9.5), 6 pm, BTN

BoilerUp89: Rutgers is coming off their worst game of the year while Ohio State has been rolling. Rutgers defensive strength has been their post players. The Buckeyes guard duo of Thornton and Gayle will be a tough matchup since both can cook from the perimeter. The Knights will have to find a way to generate some offense of their own to keep pace with the Buckeyes. Omoruyi offers the best mismatch for Rutgers to exploit, but he’s been a non-factor offensively this year against quality competition.

MaximumSam: OSU starts sophomore Evan Mahaffey at the four. He looks incompetent with the ball but does provide a lot of defense. I now realize Rutgers plays five Evan Mahaffeys. Teams that avoid getting stuffed into a toilet have had success against the Knights - The Buckeyes must avoid the toilet. They already have a loss to Penn State and going 1-2 would not be optimal. Torvik goes Bucks, 69-59.

#94 Indiana Hoosiers (10-3, 2-0) at #52 Nebraska Cornhuskers (11-2, 1-1) (-5.5), 8 pm, BTN

BoilerUp89: The Hoosiers take their undefeated Big Ten record into Lincoln. Indiana has improved upon their early season three point shooting woes in recent weeks, but it’s still going to be a concern and their defense gives up too many open looks. Nebraska’s starting center Rienk Mast will be a game time decision. If he can’t go, can the Cornhuskers find a way to contain Indiana’s post scoring? If Mast does play, Nebraska needs to hold their own on the boards and knock down some jump shots.