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Big Ten Weekly Preview: December 22-28

Well last week wasn’t my finest week. I’ll definitely blame it on the fact that the B1G doesn’t seem like the deep basketball conference we’ve gotten to know in the past. There were some bad losses and some tough losses last week.

The sad thing is, it’s starting to get too late in the year for big non-conference wins. The perception of the conference is going to be set soon, and conference wins for the bubble teams won’t mean as much as they did last year. It’s a good thing Maryland joined the conference this year or it’d be even worse…

Last week (9-7) & Overall (112-30)

Match-up
Date
Time
TV
Prediction
UIC at NorthwesternDecember 221 p.m.ESPN3Northwestern
Dartmouth at Penn StateDecember 223 p.m.BTN2Penn State
The Citadel at Michigan StateDecember 225 p.m.BTN2Michigan State
Gardner Webb at PurdueDecember 225 p.m.BTN2Purdue
Miami Ohio at Ohio StateDecember 225 p.m.BTNOhio State
New Orleans at IndianaDecember 226 p.m.BTN2Indiana
Coppin State at MichiganDecember 227 p.m.BTNMichigan
North Florida at IowaDecember 227 p.m.ESPN3Iowa
Furman at MinnesotaDecember 227 p.m.ESPN3Minnesota
Wisconsin at CaliforniaDecember 228 p.m.ESPN2Wisconsin
Nebraska vs. HawaiiDecember 23NoonESPNUNebraska
Sacred Heart at RutgersDecember 236 p.m.BTNSacred Heart
Indiana at GeorgetownDecember 2711 a.m.ESPN2Georgetown
Northern Kentucky at NorthwesternDecember 272 p.m.BTNNorthwestern
Oakland at MarylandDecember 274 p.m.BTNMaryland
Wright State at Ohio StateDecember 276 p.m.BTNOhio State
UNC-Wilmington at MinnesotaDecember 277 p.m.BTNMinnesota
Kennesaw State at IllinoisDecember 278 p.m.BTNIllinois
Rutgers at MonmouthDecember 282 p.mESPN3Monmouth
Buffalo at WisconsinDecember 287 p.m.BTNWisconsin

Game-of-the-Week

Indiana at Georgetown

It’s a bad week, and this is the best game I could find. Indiana, and the Big Ten as a whole, needs a good road win. Wisconsin can get that tonight, and if we weren’t already going to be talking about  that game, it’d be the game-of-the-week.

Indiana has been a weird team this year as it has notched a good win against Southern Methodist but had a terrible loss to Eastern Washington. The Hoosiers have the fringe wins to show they are a legitimate threat, but they need a big one to show they are for real.

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.

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