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B1G-ly Basketball Week 7 in Review: The Last of Great Non-Conference Basketball This Year

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We will forgive you if the slate this week generally lulled you into a post shopping coma of exhaustion. However, you definitely shouldn’t have slept on some of these match-ups as there were a few great ones.

Michigan State v Northwestern
Coach Izzo says calm down. Big Ten play will return before you know it. In the meantime, he gets the feature picture being this was the only conference action this week.
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Your week 7 of Big Ten action saw MSU-NU break the 13-0 mark for home teams in conference play. Maryland fell flat on their face. Some quality non-con games happened, and some not so quality non-con games happened. So let’s get into it, shall we?!

As a reminder, all AP rankings listed are based on previous week, and RPI based on the date it was looked up over the course of the previous week and will likely be slightly outdated by time of actual match-up in the coming week ahead.

Again, the order of teams in the recap is now updated to what will remain a mixture of conference standings thus far along with my own power poll influence at times until we have more games to base them off of.


#15 Michigan State Spartans 9-3 (2-0)

Game 1

The Spartans wrapped up the conference’s early action with what seemed an easy trip to Northwestern. While the final score was only 77-72, this game never actually felt close. Only shooting 46% from the field prevented MSU from ever truly pulling away on the scoreboard. However, they out-rebounded NU 48-24, and had a 14 rebound advantage on the defensive end. 16 turnovers also hurt the Spartans. Cassius Winston led the team with 21 points and 6 assists, but Xavier TIllman and Gabe Brown both chalked double-doubles in this one. Tillman scored 15 and got 10 boards, while Brown had 11 points and 10 boards.

NCAA Basketball: Michigan State at Northwestern Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Game 2

The Spartans hosted the in-state Eastern Michigan Eagles Saturday, and made mince meat of the lesser opponent. 101-48 was the final and it was never in doubt this would be a blowout. MSU held Eastern to a mere 24% from the field, while grabbing 51 rebounds and emptying the bench early in the second half. All but two Spartans on the roster scored in this one, including Jack Hoiberg, who shot 100% in the game, draining a three pointer right after checking into the game. Winston led the team with 21 points, while Foster Loyer scored 13.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: DEC 21 Eastern Michigan at Michigan State Photo by Adam Ruff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Week Ahead

The Spartans keep the directional Michigan tour alive when they welcome the Western Michigan Broncos (185th in RPI) to the Breslin Center on Sunday at TBD on BTN.


#5 Ohio State Buckeyes 11-1 (1-1)

Game 1

The Buckeyes welcomed the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks to town Tuesday night and sent them packing with an 80-48 blowout win. Ohio State shot 48% from three, going 13-27. While it was hardly a challenging game to stay focused in, they did commit a concerning 21 turnovers. Kaleb Wesson led the team with a double-double, getting 18 points and grabbing 10 boards.

Game 2

The Buckeyes hit the road to play the #6 Kentucky Wildcats on a neutral court in Vegas, and left with a 71-65 win. Ohio State committed 14 turnovers and only shot 32% from three, but managed to out-rebound the Wildcats 33-25. DJ Carton came up big off the bench with 15 points, while Kaleb Wesson rode the pine a lot in this one due to foul trouble.

NCAA Basketball: Ohio State at Kentucky Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Week Ahead

The Buckeyes play the #25 West Virginia Mountaineers in Cleveland Sunday at 12 pm ET on FS1.


#23 Penn State Nittany Lions 10-2 (1-1)

Game 1

The Nittany Lions brought the Central Connecticut Blue Devils to Happy Valley Friday night and sent them packing with a big, fat “L” 87-58. The Blue Devils were held to just 34% shooting from the field, while Penn State managed 24 assists off their 54% shooting. The Nittany Lions only managed to win the rebounding battle by two, but lost the offensive glass 13-6. Myreon Jones led the Lions with 21 points.

Week Ahead

The Nittany Lions welcome the Cornell Big Red (324th in RPI) to Happy Valley Sunday at 12 pm ET on ESPNU.


#7 Maryland Terrapins 10-2 (1-1)

Game 1

Oh my Maryland, oh my. The Terps hit the road to take on a now unranked (but receiving 3 AP votes) Seton Hall Pirates team that was down its two best players, Myles Powell out with a concussion and Sando Mamukelashvili out with a broken wrist. Easy win in the end obviously, right? WRONG! Maryland came out to its usual lackluster start, trailing 27-16 at the half. They proceeded to lose this one 52-48. The Terps shot a pathetic 24% from three, and 27% overall. Despite out-rebounding Seton Hall 42-33, 17 turnovers certainly didn’t help Maryland in this one. Anthony Cowan Jr. led the Terps with 16 points.

NCAA Basketball: Maryland at Seton Hall Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Week Ahead

Maryland hosts the Bryant Bulldogs (192nd in RPI) Sunday at 12 pm ET on BTN.


Iowa Hawkeyes 9-3 (1-1)

Game 1

The Hawkeyes played the Cincinnati Bearcats and got the win 77-70 Saturday night. While Jordan Bohannon is now out for the season, that didn’t slow down the Hawkeyes who shot 46% from three. Four hawkeyes scored double digits, and Luke Garza got another double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. CJ Fredrick led the team in scoring with 21 points, while Joe Wieskamp scored 16.

NCAA Basketball: Cincinnati at Iowa Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Week Ahead

The Hawkeyes bring the Kennesaw State Owls (349th in RPI) to town for a 4 pm ET tip-off Sunday on ESPNU.


Indiana Hoosiers 11-1 (1-1)

(23 AP votes)

Game 1

Indiana took on in-state for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in Indianapolis and escaped with a 62-60 win. The Irish might have had one too many the night before this one as they shot a paltry 22% from three, and just 38% from the field overall. Meanwhile Indiana managed to shoot just better enough at a measly 30% from three and 41% overall. Second chance rebounding made the big difference as Indiana got 15 offensive boards to Notre Dame’s 9. Armann Franklin led the Hoosiers with 17 points, while Joey Brunk led in rebounding with 14.

NCAA Basketball: Crossroads Classic-Notre Dame at Indiana Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Week Ahead

Indiana brings the Arkansas Razorbacks (1 AP vote) to town Sunday for a TBD tip-off on BTN.


Minnesota Golden Gophers 6-5 (1-1)

Game 1

Minnesota hit to road to visit the Oklahoma State Cowboys and lassoed those Cowboys with a 86-66 take-down. OK State kept it close early, but Minnesota finally started to pull away and never look back with under seven minutes left in the first half. After half-time it was never closer than 14 points in this one. Gabe Kalscheur led the Gophers with 34 points, while Daniel Oturu scored 22.

Week Ahead

Minnesota plays the Florida International Golden Panthers (235th in RPI) in the barn on Saturday at TBD on BTN.


Rutgers Scarlet Knights 9-3 (1-1)

Game 1

Don’t look now, but Rutgers has won three in a row, including over a top-25 team, following their 63-44 beat down Sunday over the Lafayette Leopards. Rutgers only managed to shoot 11% from three, and 48% overall from the field, but they still managed a 19 point win in this one. Shooting 33% from the free throw line, going 2-6, and having 18 turnovers is concerning, though. Having an 11 point rebounding advantage on the defensive end is not, however. Myles Johnson led the Scarlet Knights with a double-double, getting 18 points and 14 rebounds.

Seton Hall v Rutgers Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Week Ahead

Rutgers takes a bye week for the holidays so the team can watch their football team’s bowl game.


Illinois Fighting Illini 8-4 (1-1)

Game 1

Illinois had a neutral court “Braggin’ Rights” showdown game with the Missouri Tigers in Saint Louis, and fell 63-56. The Illini fan base had a total melt-down on Twitter after this one, and Brad Underwood did his best James Franklin impersonation in the tunnel after the game as well.

Just like when you french frie when you should have pizza-ed, you’re gonna have a bad time when you shoot 14% from three and 36% overall. Sure enough, Illinois had a bad time with those shooting percentages, especially combined with 17 turnovers. Ayo Dosunmu led the Illini with 21 points.

Week Ahead

The Illini play the North Carolina A&T Aggies (231st in RPI) Saturday at 2 pm ET on ESPNU.


Purdue Boilermakers 7-5 (1-1)

(30 AP votes)

Game 1

Purdue had a quick turn-around following their trip to Lincoln last Sunday as they traveled to Athens for a game against the Ohio Bobcats. Why did they take a road trip to a MAC school on a Tuesday night? Rumor was it was part of a football game deal, but I did not fact check that claim. Purdue got the easy win in this one, 69-51, and led at the half 37-17. Eric Hunter Jr. led the Boilermakers with 18 points.

Game 2

Purdue took on the in-state #17 Butler Bulldogs in a double-header in Indianapolis following the Indiana-Notre Dame game. However, the Bulldogs chewed through the Boilermakers defense with 37% shooting from three in their 70-61 win. Purdue couldn’t overcome poor shooting from the field despite shooting 45% from three. Trevion Williams led the Boilermakers with a double-double, scoring 12 and grabbing 10 boards.

Crossroads Classic Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Week Ahead

The Boilermakers bring the Central Michigan Chippewas (161st in RPI) to town Saturday for a 12 pm ET tip on BTN.


#14 Michigan Wolverines 9-3 (1-1)

Game 1

Michigan brought the Presbyterian Blue Hose to Ann Arbor and managed to let them score 44 in an 86-44 beat down of the 2-10 team. The Wolverines shot 41% from three. Eli Brooks led Michigan with 16 points.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: DEC 21 Presbyterian at Michigan Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Week Ahead

Michigan brings UMass Lowell River Hawks (282nd in RPI) to town for a 2 pm ET tip on FS1.


Wisconsin Badgers 6-5 (1-1)

Game 1

Wisconsin brought the Milwaukee Panthers to town Saturday and gave them an 83-64 beating as thanks. The Badgers shot 46% from three, going 10-22, while out-rebounding the Panthers 36-27. D’Mitrik Trice led Wisconsin with 31 points, while Nate Reuvers scored 22.

NCAA Basketball: Wis.-Milwaukee at Wisconsin Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Week Ahead

The Badgers head down to play the #21 Tennessee Volunteers Saturday at 1:30 pm ET on CBS.


Northwestern Wildcats 5-4 (0-1)

Game 1

NU hosted Michigan State to wrap up early conference action Wednesday night, and managed to keep the game close thanks to the heroics of superbly named Boo Buie. However, the Wilcats fell short in their big to upset MSU and keep the Big Ten home win streak alive, falling 77-72. Overall NU lost the rebound battle 48-24, but did manage to shoot 43% from three. Boo Buie scored 26 points to lead Northwestern, going 5-7 from three and 8-13 overall.

NCAA Basketball: Michigan State at Northwestern
Northwestern Wildcats guard Boo Buie (0) shoots a three point shot in the second half against the Michigan State Spartans at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Game 2

Northwestern followed up their loss to MSU with another loss Saturday to cross-town foe the DePaul Blue Demons. Once again it was Boo Buie, this time getting the start, coming up big with 25 points to lead NU. Ryan Young got a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Miller Kopp scored 21.

Northwestern v DePaul
Jaylen Butz #2 of the DePaul Blue Demons shoots a layup in the second half against the Northwestern Wildcats at Wintrust Arena.
Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images

Week Ahead

Northwestern brings the Hartford Hawks (339th in RPI) to town Sunday at TBA on BTN.


Nebraska Cornhuskers 5-7 (1-1)

Game 1

Nebraska played a game this week? Hmm, will have to check the records on that one as I am unsure any such game against North Dakota took place as indoor lightning strikes happened and cancelled it or some crazy wizard actions like that. Let’s just ignore this recap and move on to the next game that actually will happen, shall we?

97th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Let’s just look at the National Christmas Tree instead, shall we?
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Week Ahead

Nebraska plays the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders (328th in RPI) Sunday at 2 pm ET on BTN.