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Week Twelve: BT Powerhouse Game of the Week: Michigan at Purdue

Michigan Gets Streaking Purdue in Third Straight BTP GOTW

NCAA Basketball: Wisconsin at Purdue Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports

Jaren Jackson Jr. just registered on the Richter scale in Champaign with an unbelievable and-one dunk. Tom Izzo, unimpressed, was immediately in his ear about defense.

I think I just decided to pick Michigan State in my bracket for the 9th straight year.

Game of the Week:

- Michigan Wolverines at Purdue Boilermakers

Growing up I resented all of the attention the media paid Michigan. Their football team consistently underperformed and their basketball team was in the midst of a decade-long NCAA Tournament drought. Well, here I am giving them the acclaimed BT Powerhouse Game of the Week for the third straight week. Other than a no-show performance in Lincoln, Michigan has been a model of consistency this year. Expect them to compete for another Sweet Sixteen this March.

Be that as it may, they’ll have their hands full in West Lafayette. When these two teams met earlier in the year, the Boilermakers held off the Wolverines in Ann Arbor. They’ve continued their roll since then, making mincemeat of shorthanded Minnesota and overmatched Wisconsin and Iowa. While Isaac Haas’s production has fallen, his imposing presence continues to open up good looks for Purdue’s many skilled shooters. As a team, the Boilermakers are hitting an unbelievable 44% of their 3s.

Honorable Mention:

- Michigan State Spartans at Maryland Terrapins

Tough week for Maryland as they get Michigan State and Purdue right after dropping a tough one to Indiana. The Terps average resume is a reflection of their team. There just isn’t enough behind Anthony Cowan Jr. and Kevin Huerter to get them off the bubble.

The only concern here for the Spartans is going on the road two days after hosting Wisconsin, but Tom Izzo’s bunch appears to be hitting their stride. They’ll need some help from the rest of the league if they want to catch Purdue and Ohio State.

- Nebraska Cornhuskers at Wisconsin Badgers

Nebrasketball is on the rise, but the Cornhuskers have a major prove-it stretch coming up, as they will play three of their next four on the road after just barely losing in Columbus.

The Badgers’ guards torched Illinois’ sleepwalking bunch en-route to a 25 point victory, but Nebraska thoroughly exposed the dearth of talent further down the roster when these two teams played in Lincoln. If nothing else this game should be close.

Worst Game of the Week:

- Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Illinois Fighting Illini

Hard to say which program you’d rather be right now, but there’s no question the Illini have been the biggest disappointment in the Big Ten this year. Generally, the Orange and Blue have at least shown punch, even if they lack the poise to finish the deal. If they can’t take care of business against Rutgers in Champaign, Illinois could be looking at a historically bad season. In any event, its been a rocky start to the Brad Underwood era.

Season Stats:

Game of the Week Appearances by Team:

  • Iowa – 1
  • Maryland – 1
  • Michigan – 5
  • Michigan State – 4
  • Nebraska – 1
  • Northwestern – 1
  • Purdue – 3
  • Wisconsin – 1

Game of the Week Honorable Mention Appearances by Team:

  • Illinois – 1
  • Indiana – 3
  • Iowa – 1
  • Maryland – 4
  • Michigan – 1
  • Michigan State – 3
  • Minnesota – 5
  • Nebraska – 3
  • Northwestern – 1
  • Ohio State – 4
  • Penn State – 3
  • Purdue – 1
  • Wisconsin – 4

Total Appearances by Team:

  • Illinois – 1
  • Indiana – 2
  • Iowa – 2
  • Maryland – 5
  • Michigan – 6
  • Michigan State – 7
  • Minnesota – 5
  • Nebraska – 4
  • Northwestern – 2
  • Ohio State – 4
  • Penn State – 3
  • Purdue – 3
  • Wisconsin – 5

Worst Game Appearances by Team:

  • Illinois – 3
  • Iowa – 3
  • Michigan – 1
  • Michigan State – 1
  • Nebraska – 1
  • Northwestern – 1
  • Ohio State – 1
  • Purdue – 1
  • Rutgers – 2
  • Wisconsin – 2