Crossroads Classic

Big Ten Weekly Preview: December 15-21

Not a lot to see this week, as most schools are taking a light week due to finals. We do have some solid match-ups this weekend though, as there are a good number of neutral site games to look forward to.

Last week (21-6) & Overall (103-23)

North Carolina A&T at Ohio StateDecember 176 p.m.BTNOhio State
Hampton at IlinoisDecember 176 p.m.ESPNUIllinois
Central Michigan at NorthwesternDecember 177 p.m.Northwestern
Eastern Michigan at Michigan StateDecember 178 p.m.BTNMichigan State
Seattle at MinnesotaDecember 197 p.m.BTNMinnesota
SMU at MichiganDecember 2011 a.m.ESPN2Michigan
North Carolina vs. Ohio StateDecember 20NoonCBSOhio State
Missouri vs. IllinoisDecember 201 p.m.ESPN2Illinois
Drexel vs. Penn StateDecember 201 p.m.Penn State
St. Francis (PA) at RutgersDecember 201 p.m.Rutgers
Butler vs. IndianaDecember 201:30 p.m.Fox Sports 1Butler
Western Michigan at NorthwesternDecember 202 p.m.BTNNorthwestern
Texas Southern at Michigan StateDecember 204 p.m.ESPNUMichigan State
Notre Dame vs. PurdueDecember 204:15 p.m.BTNNotre Dame
Northern Iowa vs. IowaDecember 206:30 p.m.BTNIowa
Maryland at Oklahoma StateDecember 211 p.m.ESPNUMaryland

Event of the Week

Crossroads Classic

If the B1G had two teams in Iowa, I’d be tempted to go with the games in Des Moines as Iowa and Northern Iowa should be a great game. As is, though, there are two potentially good match-ups in Indianapolis this weekend. Neither Purdue nor Indiana are the basketball powerhouses they have been, and both will be underdogs against in-state rivals, but I can’t imagine either getting blown-out. Indiana is a mecca for basketball, and I can imagine a lot worse afternoons than sitting and watching Indiana college basketball.

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.