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12/4 Big Ten Preview: Three Big Conference Match-Ups to Start the Week

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BTP previews Monday’s action.

NCAA Basketball: Ohio State at Wisconsin Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Monday is calm compared to the action-packed weekend that we had in the Big Ten. There are still three big games within the conference to start the week.

Michigan and Ohio State highlight Monday’s action.

Then there are two other interesting match-ups. A surprising Penn State team hosts a struggling Wisconsin Badgers team. Indiana and Iowa are both searching for identities as they battle in Bloomington.

Game of the Day

-Michigan Wolverines at Ohio State Buckeyes

  • Time/TV: 6:30 ET/FS1
  • Spread: Ohio State (-1.0)

Both the Wolverines and the Buckeyes have started on the right foot in Big Ten play.

Michigan defeated Indiana 69-55 in Ann Arbor on Saturday afternoon. Freshman guard Jordan Poole led the Wolverines with 19 points off the bench to help secure a win.

Ohio State ran over Wisconsin 83-58 to get a big road win on Saturday.

The Buckeyes jumped out to a 49-26 lead at halftime and that’s all they needed. Freshman forward Kaleb Wesson led Ohio State with 19 points in this game.

This will be a big road test for the Wolverines early on this season.

The Rest:

-Wisconsin Badgers at Penn State Nittany Lions

  • Time/TV: 7:00 ET/ESPN 2
  • Spread: Penn State (-4.5)

The Nittany Lions are looking like a surprise team in the Big Ten this year. They’re off to a 7-2 start and won on the road against Iowa for the first time since 2001.

Penn State is led by sophomore sensation Tony Carr. He’s averaging over 20 points a game right now to lead this Nittany Lions attack.

On the other hand, Wisconsin hasn’t looked like a typical Wisconsin team this year.

They’ve lost their last two games by a combined 37 points. The Badgers are now 3-5 on the season.

Outside of junior forward Ethan Happ, this team has struggled to find any kind of consistency. Wisconsin’s road doesn’t get any easier tonight.

-Iowa Hawkeyes at Indiana Hoosiers

  • Time/TV: 8:00 ET/BTN
  • Spread: Indiana (-4.0)

Both the Hawkeyes and the Hoosier are teams search for their identities. Both sit at 4-4 on the early season.

Indiana seems to be lacking experience and it’s showing. They couldn’t finish No. 1 Duke at home and they couldn’t find a way to get stops on the road against Michigan.

Juwan Morgan and Robert Johnson lead the scoring attack for the Hoosiers. Both players are averaging a little over 13 points a game.

The Hawkeyes have dropped their last two games now.

Tyler Cook needs to come up big if Iowa looks to come away with their first conference win of the season.

The sophomore forward is averaging 15 points and seven rebounds a game. He scored 23 points and had 12 rebounds in their loss to Penn State.

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Record against the spread: 0-0