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11/23 Big Ten Recap: A Tough Turkey Day

Recap all the Big Ten action from Thursday.

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The Big Ten had plenty of action to accompany the turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving Day. Four league teams played and all four matchups pitted the Big Ten against Power Five opponents.

Let’s take a look at what happened.

Game of the Night:

-No. 3 Arizona Wildcats 74, No. 21 Michigan State Spartans 68

For the second time this season, Michigan State traveled to face a name brand opponent on a neutral court. Unfortunately, the results in this one were similar to the last one, with Michigan State falling short in a relatively competitive game. The first time was against Duke. This time was against Arizona.

Unlike some of Michigan State’s earlier losses, this one doesn’t have an obvious explanation for what went wrong. The Spartans still were underwhelming from outside the arc (29.4 percent), but decent enough to where the team could have still grabbed the win. Michigan State also got double-digits from three starters in Tyson Walker, Jaden Akins, and AJ Hoggard. It was largely a slow start the team just wasn’t able to overcome and a few mistakes down the stretch. Things you often see discussed in close losses.

The defeat dropped Michigan State to 3-3 overall on the season. The Spartans will now get a few days off before returning to action on Tuesday at home against Georgia Southern. It’s the team’s final tune up game before opening up Big Ten play against Wisconsin.

The Rest:

-Oklahoma Sooners 79, Iowa Hawkeyes 67

The Hawkeyes got their second test of the season and came up short, falling against the Sooners by 12 points. The team’s prolific offense was largely shut down in the loss, finishing with an underwhelming 0.94 points per possession. The team also went 4-of-23 from three-point range. Three of the teams starters finished in single-digits.

Iowa fell to 3-2 with the loss. The Hawkeyes will return to action on Friday against Seton Hall. Expect another challenging outing for Iowa’s offense.

-Michigan Wolverines 83, Stanford Cardinal 79

For the first 20 minutes, this one looked almost exactly like Michigan’s loss to Memphis on Wednesday. The Wolverines got down early and used a massive push to get back into the game. Fortunately for fans, Michigan was able to get the extra push to get past the finish line and secure the win. Dug McDaniel led the way with 20 points and eight assists.

Michigan improved to 4-2 with the win. The Wolverines will now prepare for their final game in Atlantis on Friday evening against Texas Tech. The game is expected to be pretty competitive.

-No. 12 Texas A&M Aggies 89, Penn State Nittany Lions 77

This was Penn State’s first legitimate test of the season after jumping out to 4-0 against underwhelming competition. Unfortunately, the team came up short, as Texas A&M cruised to a 12-point win. Kanye Clary led the way in the losing effort and finished with 19 points, four assists, and two rebounds.

Penn State fell to 4-1 with the loss. The team will hope to get back on track against Butler on Friday. It projects as a far more winnable game.