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Big Ten Basketball Week Preview: November 17-23

It’s time for the first full week of B1G basketball predictions. Like this past weekend, there aren’t a lot of great match-ups. Other than the Game of the Week, the other good games I see are Michigan State and Duke facing off in the Champions Classic and SMU traveling to Indiana.

Anyways, let’s get those picks!

Last week (18-0) & Season (18-0)

Time (CDT)
Texas Southern at IndianaNovember 175 p.m.BTNIndiana
Northwestern at BrownNovember 176 p.m.Northwestern
CCSU at MarylandNovember 176:30 p.m.Maryland
Bucknell at MichiganNovember 177 p.m.BTNMichigan
N. Dakota St at IowaNovember 177:02 p.m.ESPN3Iowa
Michigan State vs DukeNovember 186 p.m.ESPNDuke
Marquette at Ohio StateNovember 186:30 p.m.ESPN2Ohio State
Central Arkansas at NebraskaNovember 187 p.m.Nebraska
Western Kentucky at MinnesotaNovember 187 p.m.Minnesota
F. Dickinson at RutgersNovember 196:30 p.m.Rutgers
Green Bay at WisconsinNovember 198 p.m.BTNWisconsin
Penn State vs. CharlotteNovember 204 p.m.ESPNUPenn State
Texas vs. IowaNovember 205 p.m.ESPN2Texas
Detroit at MichiganNovember 205 p.m.BTNMichigan
Grambling at PurdueNovember 206 p.m.Purdue
Fordham at MarylandNovember 206:30 p.m.Maryland
N. Florida at NorthwesternNovember 207 p.m.Northwestern
Franklin Pierce at MinnesotaNovember 207 p.m.Minnesota
SMU at IndianaNovember 207 p.m.BTNSMU
Loyola-Chicago at Michigan StateNovember 216 p.m.BTNMichigan State
Austin Peay at IllinoisNovember 217 p.m.Illinois
Elon at NorthwesternNovember 223 p.m.Northwestern
Nebraska at Rhode IslandNovember 226 p.m.Nebraska
Lamar at IndianaNovember 227 p.m.BTNIndiana
UMBC at MinnesotaNovember 227:30 p.m.Minnesota
Boise State at WisconsinNovember 229 p.m.BTNWisconsin
St. Francis (NY) at RutgersNovember 234 p.m.Rutgers
Sacred Heart at Ohio StateNovember 236 p.m.BTNOhio State

Game of the Week

Iowa vs. Texas

You are probably wondering why this isn’t the Michigan State/Duke game, and I’ll be honest, that was here first. As I started writing the preview, though, I just couldn’t see anyway Michigan State wins that game. They looked sluggish against a Navy team that was blown out by Notre Dame and it’s just the under card of the Champions Classic. Iowa/Texas on the other hand, should be a great game at Madison Square Garden. Texas will be favored, but I see Iowa hanging right with them. Texas has the young star power in Isaiah Taylor and Myles Turner, but Iowa can match their game. In the end, I still see Iowa losing, but it won’t be a disappointing loss at all. The Hawkeyes will then face either California or Syracuse in the second game of the tournament. If they face Cal, it would be worth watching as the Badgers travel to Berkeley later this year.

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.