Game of the Day:
- Penn State Nittany Lions at No. 19 Wisconsin Badgers
- Time/TV: 8:30 p.m. EST (BTN)
The Nittany Lions just pulled off the double-digit home upset over Wisconsin on Saturday and make the return trip to Madison with revenge oriented Badgers hungry for washing that loss out of their taste buds.
Penn State out-Wisconsin-ed the Badgers on Saturday. PSU locked down Wisconsin defensively and committed just six turnovers. The score was arguably closer than the performance on the floor.
Wisconsin, meanwhile, is sitting back at 7-4 in the Big Ten at this point and can ill-afford letting Penn State get the sweep in this series. Lucky for them the Nittany Lions seem to fail to show up for road games, sitting at 0-5 on the season thus far in Big Ten action. Only two of those games have even been single-digit losses at that. Even empty of its normal screaming fans, the Kohl Center is not a forgiving venue.
This game could be interesting if Penn State can keep up the defensive performance and control ball security again, but Wisconsin should be able to get the win by the final buzzer.
- Pick: Wisconsin
- No. 24 Purdue Boilermakers at Maryland Terrapins
- Time/TV: 6:30 p.m. EST (BTN)
These two teams had a Christmas Day showdown that saw Purdue scrape out a three-point win, 73-70. However, both have had some impressive performances of late, particularly the now ranked Boilermakers.
Last time out Purdue blew a 14-point lead and had a scare as they missed key shots at the charity stripe, but going 10-for-22 from the three-point line sure helped make the difference. Perhaps more importantly is Purdue is riding a hot streak on the road with three straight wins, including a close one over a ranked Ohio State squad.
Maryland has had a few big wins of their own since their game at Purdue, but this one shouldn’t be all that close by the end.
- Pick: Purdue
- Michigan State Spartans at No. 8 Iowa Hawkeyes
- Time/TV: 7:00 p.m. EST (FS1)
What preseason should have been a marquee game in helping to decide the conference regular season crown is instead a postponed make-up matchup between a three-loss Hawkeyes squad and one of the seemingly worst squads of the Tom Izzo era at Michigan State.
The Spartans, desperately lacking even a makeshift replacement at point guard this season now sit at 2-6, having dropped four games below .500 for the first-time ever under Tom Izzo. Meanwhile, Iowa is coming off two straight losses of its own.
With no Xavier Tillman to shut down Luka Garza this season, the odds look bleak for MSU in this one. To have any chance at keeping the tournament streak alive, however, the Spartans have to find a way to get upsets like this one.
- Pick: Iowa
- No. 12 Illinois Fighting Illini at Indiana Hoosiers
- Time/TV: 9:00 p.m. EST (ESPN)
The Fighting Illini already got the home win over Indiana earlier this season, but the Hoosiers made it more of a fight than the nine point loss might suggest.
Illinois shot just 44.4 percent from the field in the home matchup, but the Hoosiers were even worse at 39.7 percent. If Trayce Jackson-Davis can stay out of foul trouble in this one, he might also find more of a rhythm on his home floor to avoid going 3-13 again. If Ayo Dosunmu can score 30 again, though, it may not make enough of a difference.
- Pick: Illinois