Orlando Classic

Big Ten Basketball Week Preview: November 17-23

It’s early season tournament time in college basketball which is a lot of fun for fans, but makes my job predicting the games more difficult. Because there are so many scenarios that could play out this week, I’m only predicting match-ups that are certain to happen (minus one game today since it had started when I began writing).

Last week (25-3) & Season (43-3)

Time (CDT)
Arizona State vs. MarylandNovember 246 p.m.ESPN2Maryland
Santa Clara at Michigan StateNovember 246 p.m.BTNMichigan State
Eastern Washington at IndianaNovember 246:30 p.m.ESPN NewsIndiana
Brown at Illinois November 247 p.m.Illinois
Pepperdine at IowaNovember 247 p.m.Iowa
Michigan vs. OregonNovember 248:30 p.m.ESPN3Michigan
St. Peter's at RutgersNovember 256 p.m.BTNRutgers
Akron at Penn StateNovember 256:30 p.m.ESPN3Penn State
Nebraska-Omaha at NebraskaNovember 257 p.m.ESPN3Nebraska
Northwestern vs. Miami (Ohio)November 258:30 p.m.CBS Sports NetworkNorthwestern
Wisconsin vs. UABNovember 266 p.m.AXSWisconsin
Campbell at Ohio StateNovember 266 p.m. BTNOhio State
Minnesota at St. John'sNovember 266 p.m.ESPNUMInnesota
N. Illinois at IowaNovember 267:30 p.m.Iowa
Illinois vs. Indiana StateNovember 274 p.m.Illinois
Michigan State vs. RiderNovember 275:30 p.m.ESPN2Michigan State
Penn State at BucknellNovember 283 p.m.Penn State
James Madison at Ohio StateNovember 283 p.m.BTNOhio State
Monmouth at MarylandNovember 286 p.m.BTNMaryland
Rutgers vs. VanderbiltNovember 286 p.m.Vanderbilt
UT-Martin at NebraskaNovember 287 p.m.Nebraska
UNC-Greensboro at IndianaNovember 288 p.m.BTNIndiana
Longwood at IowaNovember 291 p.m.Iowa
Nicholls State at MichiganNovember 293 p.m.BTNMichigan
VMI at MarylandNovember 305 p.m.Maryland

Tournament of the Week

Honestly, the tournament of the week is the Battle 4 Atlantis, but we will be hitting that enough this week. Instead, let’s go with the Orlando Classic where Michigan State will be representing the B1G. Also in the tournament are Kansas, cross-state rival Marquette, and a pesky Rhode Island team that knocked off Nebraska. This tournament begins on Thanksgiving and runs through Sunday. You may remember Wisconsin losing to Notre Dame a few years back in this tournament.

I see Michigan State knocking off Rider in the first round, Georgia Tech in the semifinals, and then losing to Kansas in the championship. Kansas will have to get through Rhode Island and more than likely Tennessee to get to the championship.

Jay Swenson

About Jay Swenson

Jay is a Badger fan currently living in Central Illinois. He has written for several newspapers as a freelance writer, and was the Western Illinois basketball beat writer while in graduate school.