Our weekly checkup on the flagship conference of our organization. How did each program fare compared to this time last week? Sorry Michigan, when you’re a blue chip, you’re expected to win the games like that over Minnesota.
Up: Michigan State, Illinois, Iowa, Purdue
Down: Minnesota,Wisconsin, Northwestern, Penn State
Steady: Michigan, Indiana, Ohio State, Nebraska
- After calling him out last week, Chalk Bad Boy Brandon Dawson simply murdered Wisconsin’s interior defenders en route to 18 points and 13 rebounds. Hard to believe, but Wisconsin was only 7 of 18 from the free throw line, and missed a pair that would have taken the game to overtime. Bo Ryan, you owe me half a unit
- This game exposed Wisconsin’s lack of general athleticsm as much as any game I can remember. They just had no answer for an elite athlete like Dawson. It’s games like this that make it easier to realize why they have a tough time in the tournament.
- Didn’t I warn you that Fran McCaffrey was coming? After coming back from 20+ down to backdoor the Buckeyes, Iowa has now posted covers in 8 of its last 10. Plus, Chris Kingsbury is 2nd the Big Ten in 3 Point %
- You know what I love about Indiana? Their ability to wax bad teams at home. One of the most frustrating things to watch in sports is a big favorite playing down to its competition, and the Hoosiers just don’t do that to bettors. But Penn State +26? Vegas has caught onto this trend. It may be time to look the other way in Bloomington.
- One team that’s done more than I expected, I admit, is the Buckeyes. They do all the little things well, then Deshaun Thomas just scores all the points. They may have let their guard down a bit against Iowa, but make no mistake, that team can play with almost anybody.
- Michigan is certainly the Big Ten Team of the Year (to date), and when they pour it on, look out. But is the offense about to cool off? 2 of the last 3 games have been grinders, though they responded well against Minnesota and got back into the 80s. The Wolverines have become a very expensive play in the process, as the Purdue line opened at UM -16.5 in Crisler.
- On Saturday, Purdue represented the conference will with a shelacking of Bob Huggins at Mackey, the second time in 4 years this has happened to him. The 27 point win was +23 on the cover, one not many people saw coming. With his team figuring things out and now 4-2 ATS since Big Ten play began, I think it’s a good time to trust Matt Painter with the points. Let’s go with
- No Illini Guy, didn’t forget about you either. I’ll say this. The dominant road win over Nebraska was pretty impressive. This is just the type of game Bruce Weber had been losing, and its the kind of games that real teams do not lose, and sometimes-special-ones win with exclamation
- Bill Carmody – you look like you could use some of Huggins’ scotch.
- Penn State and Nebraska – how about we just have Tim Miles arm-wrestle Pat Chambers to see who get’s the 11th seed?