Monday, January 15, 2007

Looking back, looking forward and final football thoughts…
It was another good week for the home teams in Big Ten basketball. There were nine conference games contested with the home team winning seven of them. That runs the home court edge to 15-4 this season, a win percentage of .789. Toss in a nifty home win for young Ohio State over cross-over foe Tennessee and the home team again won 80-percent of the time last week.

Looking ahead, there are some key match-ups in conference play. Purdue hits the road for Madison hoping to unseat the Badgers from their perch atop the conference standings. Four teams sit one game behind Wisconsin and a few of them battle when Iowa travels to Indiana and then the Hawkeyes trek to Columbus to take on Ohio State. The standings could have some major changes come next week as we are now settling in for the long haul.

Finally, some parting football thoughts. The All-Star tour has ensued, but more notably the time for juniors to declare for the draft is upon us. National runner-up Ohio State lost three major underclassman game breakers in Ginn, Gonzalez and Pittman. Most other teams seem to be holding onto their stars heading into spring football, though Michigan lost defensive stud Alan Branch to the draft. It all should make for a shake-up of sorts at the top. Stay tuned…

Team of the week…
Wisconsin answered the bell by hanging on for a hard fought win over Ohio State on Tuesday and then scratching out a tough on in Evanston on Saturday. The Badgers let some shaky free throw shooting get in the way, but in the end survived the week as the lone unbeaten in the conference.

On the rise…
Indiana. The Hoosiers pounded rival Purdue in the mid-week game and then played well at Penn State to pick up a rare Big Ten road win. IU seems to be getting into synch with what Kelvin Sampson wants out of them and it might well keep the Hoosiers in the thick of the Big Ten race all winter.

In need of some “Ws”…
Northwestern and Illinois. The Illini got off the schnied with a tough win over Iowa but below an 11-point half time lead in East Lansing, leaving the orange and blue a shaky 1-3 heading into week three of league play. Northwestern was no match for Michigan State and then gave up a golden opportunity to score a tremendous upset against Wisconsin. The teams are 1-7 combined and desperately in need of wins.

Player of the Week…
This go around, it’s too tough to argue against BigTen.org’s pick - Kammron Taylor from Wisconsin. Taylor was big for the Badgers in a huge home win over Ohio State and a steadying influence in a nail-biter at Northwestern. He averaged 18.5 points for the week to go along with a bonus 4.5 board per game.

This Week’s Schedule:
Jan. 16 – Iowa at Indiana
Jan. 17 – Illinois at Minnesota
Jan. 17 – Purdue at Wisconsin
Jan. 17 – Penn State at Michigan
Jan. 17 – Northwestern at Ohio State
Jan. 20 – Purdue at Michigan
Jan. 20 – Wisconsin at Illinois
Jan. 20 – Northwestern at Minnesota
Jan. 20 – Michigan State at Penn State
Jan. 20 – Connecticut at Indiana (TIEBREAKER)
Jan. 20 – Iowa at Ohio State

Get Gamm Basketball Standings
All four players went 9-1 last week, but yours truly was closer on the margin in the OSU-Wisconsin contest. Picks for the eleven games this week are due by tip of Indiana – Iowa on Tuesday. My picks will be up sometime on Tuesday.

1 - Buckeye Nation: 26-5 (.839) – 1 GG Win
2 - Gamm: 24-7 (.774) – 1 GG Win
3 - PUFan: 23-8 (.742)
4 - Dan Meyer: 22-9 (.710) - 1 GG Win
5 - phatsdawg: 21-10 (.677)
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6 - BigTenSportsFan: 3-8 (.273)

10 comments:

Buckeye Nation said...

Indiana 71 at Iowa 74
Illinois 64 at Minnesota 70
Purdue 62 at Wisconsin 81
Penn State 69 at Michigan 72
Northwestern 54 at Ohio State 77
Purdue 69 at Michigan 70
Wisconsin 71 at Illinois 69
Northwestern 59 at Minnesota 63
Michigan State 73 at Penn State 76
Connecticut 78 at Indiana 72
(TIEBREAKER)
Iowa 66 at Ohio State 78

Phatsdawg said...

Hey my picks were put under bowl games lies, and basketball talk for the past week although I might be better off not counting them haha

INDIANA 65 iowa 61

ILLINOIS 57 minnesota 50

WISCONSIN 79 purdue 55

MICHIGAN 66 penn state 57

OHIO STATE 80 northwestern 59

PURDUE 66 michigan 65

WISCONSIN 77 illinois 68

MINNESOTA 60 northwestern 54

MICHIGAN STATE 70 penn state 67

CONNECTICUT 88 indiana 81

OHIO STATE 73 iowa 56

Andy Gamm said...

Minnesota hires a new coach: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=2732273

PUFan said...

Jan. 16
INDIANA at Iowa

Jan. 17
ILLINOIS at Minnesota
Purdue at WISCONSIN
Penn State at MICHIGAN
Northwestern at OHIO STATE

Jan. 20
PURDUE at Michigan
WISCONSIN at Illinois
Northwestern at MINNESOTA
Michigan State at PENN STATE
Connecticut 70, INDIANA 76
Iowa at OHIO STATE

Dan Meyer said...

INDIANA 72 at Iowa 66--Even as a Purdue fan, I believe that IU deserves to be in the Top 25.

ILLINOIS 70 at Minnesota 65--Critical week for Illini NCAA hopes.

Purdue 63 at WISCONSIN 80--So much for road warriors.

Penn State 65 at MICHIGAN 69
Northwestern 58 at OHIO STATE 74
Purdue 62 at MICHIGAN 64--Can't call for a Boiler road win until they actually WIN on the road.
Wisconsin 66 at ILLINOIS 69
Northwestern 64 at MINNESOTA 66
Michigan State 68 at PENN STATE 72
Connecticut 67 at INDIANA 71
Iowa 64 at OHIO STATE 74

Anonymous said...

You know the Indiana/Iowa game is actually at Indiana, NOT Iowa City. edvedder

Buckeye Nation said...

To tell you the truth, I picked Iowa over Indiana, solely because I mistakenly thought the game was at Iowa City.
Who posted that the game was at Iowa?
ARRRRRRGH

Andy Gamm said...

Either I went Bruce Jenner on what I read, or I plucked it off the BigTen.org site as it was and they had it wrong. That may not seem like it could be, but hey, they make mistakes too! :)

You'll make it back later BN. You can't win both of the Get Gamm contests! Speaking of which, get the book yet?

Buckeye Nation said...

Andy,

I did get the book yesterday!
Thanks!
I guess I'm stuck in the greed mode after the debacle in the desert (lol)....
But I won't be winning this one by picking PSU or Minnesota to win at home.....

Andy Gamm said...

Looks like I had IU and UConn reversed too. I swear I didn't make both mistakes!

Minnesota, BN, was a fair pick at home - they did destroy PUR at home. I would have questioned PSU, but hey, that's why we pick em!