Oofda. Lots of basketball played. The matches come down to the last possession. Maryland holds pole position in the conference championship race, with… Penn State? … breathless.
Turtles have tails, right?
Tuesday, February 11
# 9 Maryland Terrapins 72, The Cornhuskers of Nebraska 70
BigRedTwice: It was a surprisingly exciting game! My prediction that DJ would be upset by Maryland's performances was correct, but everything else was wrong. The Huskers went on the road against a classified team and performed… well? It was incredible.
They fell behind by a fairly large margin, as is their custom, but somehow managed to hang around for the duration of the game. As the minutes went on, they stunned the crowd. Maryland - who ruthlessly sang "Air Ball" every time the Huskers had the ball since the second or third minute of the match - in blessed silence. A few unusual missed throws by Maryland (I swear Nebraska is contagious with the latter) gave the Huskers hope until the very end.
Unfortunately, they couldn't quite succeed - it would have been such a triumph for a team that has suffered for a long time! This would also have served Maryland, as they were probably looking after Nebraska. But I hope it was an inspiration to the Huskers anyway, and maybe will push them to higher heights when they return to Lincoln.
# 13 Penn State Nittany Lions 88, Boilermakers Purdue 76
Boilerman31: Penn State could not miss. All the balls bounced. Purdue decided to play like shit.
Now, if you forgive me, I'm going to hit my head with an adjustable wrench. I'm sure it'll feel better than this crappy basketball game I watched.
Aaron Yorke: Incredible result as the Lions quickly took the lead with a three-point shot and held on with a free throw shot. The Lions have had good shooting games before, but being shot at Jamari Wheeler and Izaiah Brockington on the road was shocking.
I hope this is the game that makes Pat Chambers understand that Seth Lundy is a guy you can count on in the big places despite his youth.
Michigan State Spartans 70, # 22 Illinois Fighting Illini 69
Thumpsaurus: Well, Illinois came out very confused, with Giorgi Bezhanishvili brick three and everyone is looking bad from the outside. Ayo Dosunmu rallied the troops in the second half to clear a 20-point deficit, with some odd referee quirks, and then it was a point-to-point battle back. MSU got a second chance dunk because THREE DUDES tried to block a layup and no one went for the rebound, but with 7 seconds to go, here's Ayo!
Then the worst end of a basketball game I can remember followed. A missed shot would have been heartbreaking, but that's how it happens sometimes. Instead, Ayo never succeeded in shooting because he slipped where they had their time out a minute ago and his knee bent in several unnatural ways and he collapsed to the ground like Derrick Rose in the playoffs. It was silent.
Miraculously, there is no structural damage to the knee. If the young man who gives the fans of Illini hopes for two years thinks it is in his interest to skip the rest of the year to make sure his knee is stable for the NBA Project, more power for him . He has already given us so much. I have a feeling, however, that he will return as soon as he is 100%. He skipped the draft last year because he wanted to leave a legacy here…. and also improve the recovery stock but the first thing is always real!
Yet a heartbreaking trip ends a game.
Andrew Kraszewski: The Spartans opted for all of the MSU Night Shyamalan and played a fantastic first half, followed by an asstastic collapse after half, powered largely by Eppley exiling Winston off the bench with a few risky calls.
Collapse and breakout are the splashy impression of this game, but if Rocket Watts "Breakout indicates that he will be the third reliable banana for Winston and Tillman, the stress was worth it.
Wednesday February 12th
Ohio State Buckeyes 72, Rutgers Scarlet Knights 66
Thumpasaurus, the rugby Upton Sinclair: welp, the powerlessness of rugster can be explained by a few statistics: 8 points scored by the front zone, 0 points for starting guard Mitch McConnell and only 28 rebounds. It’s far below what Seth Pickaxe’s rugby aspires to be. A late rally with a few outside shots was too little too late, as rugby just couldn't stop the Wessons. Returning to Hackensack to take on the Fighting Illini, unless they are too afraid to enter the RCAF
Michigan Wolverines 79, Northwest Wildcats 54
MNW: Northwestern laid a full egg at home against Michigan, regardless of finding Eli Brooks in transition or half court or anytime, without bothering to stop Jeff Jackson Simpson from dribbling, and generally (finally) appear to be ready for this season. It looks like the collapses against Purdue and Rutgers have finally shattered the spirit of this team.
I mean, honestly, what are you doing at this point? Miller Kopp, by GTom, receives heavy treatment before games and gets confused trying these strange contested 15-foot riders. Boo Buie is rushing because there is no player on this team who can make his own fucking hit. Ryan Young gets engulfed inside by bigger and better players like Jon Teske and Pete Nance is a complete non-factor.
So celebrate Jared Jones, I guess. 12 points, 4 boards, a semblance of a big man's jump? Hell yeah. Beautiful hair too. Good for the child.
I care about a team that is 6-17 (1-12 B1G), that Nebraska is on the verge of advancing to the Kenpom rankings (130 vs 131), and that seems to have finally given up. I'm the idiot of all this.
Thursday, February 13
Indiana Hoosiers 89, # 21 Iowa Hawkeyes 77
Stewmonkey13: I'm not sure how Iowa didn't lose by 20+.
It was very much like the Purdue game, and in addition, Iowa lost CJ Fredrick in about 25% of the game. Iowa losing CJ Fredrick hurts a ton. It's duck ribbon and yarn Jordan Bohannon, Jack Nunge, and Pat McCaffery all ready for the year, already. Then Cordell Pemsl becomes stupid and suspended. So walking on Riley Till was going to have to play significant minutes.
So when Fredrick went down which means Iowa had to play another walk-on, Austin Ash, for a long period of significant minutes. On top of that, Indiana could not miss (11/21 of 3).
I’m not sure it’s a fade out like we’ve seen in the past, it was a tough road game against a desperate team, and Iowa didn’t fight UNL at all. However, if Fredrick is away for a long time (and it looks like it is a serious injury), I just don't know how much more this team can give.
Who had the worst week?
Illinois Loses Ayo Basketball Game
Iowa Loses Frederick, Basketball Game
Purdue gets beaten up at home
Northwestern gives up
Other, sort of
18 votes in total
Either way, a lot of basketball remains to be played. Some of them even count! Here's your hoop wire for the rest of the day. Schedule below, previews tomorrow morning. Bracketology here. Happy Valentine's Day, etc., etc.