Sorry for the late nature of the post. Work has been a zoo! Dan Meyer was the only one to beat me last week - a nifty 10-0 to get back in the race. Buckeye slipped a little, pushing me back to the top.
A huge week on tap for the contest as well as the league standings, starting with the big one tonight in West Lafayette.
Michigan State @ Purdue
Gamm says ... Head to head between my Spartans and Dan's Boilers. Hummel and Morgan will both play so no excuses allowed. State has been a fine-tuned machine on the road this season. Purdue has been strong at home and owns a 26-10 advantage in the series at Mackey. MSU spotted the Boilers a big lead last year and nearly came back. With a week of rest, I think State will be geared up and ready to roll. I expect this to be a barn-burner, but MSU takes an enormous next step in the Big Ten race. MSU 68 - Purdue 67.
Dan says ... Michigan State 65 at PURDUE 68--Probably a biased pick but Boilers NEED the win and Hummel has had one game to get the rust off.
Penn State @ Illinois
Gamm says ... Penn State is likely in the Big Dance at this point, but has a chance to make a big statement here. Illinois wants to stay in the Big Ten race. Illini win at home.
Dan says ... Penn State 65 at ILLINOIS 72--Illini hold serve at home and move within a game of the Spartans.
Ohio State @ Northwestern
Gamm says ... Oh the humanity. NU has lost three games by a total of 5 points at home (Purdue, Illinois and Michigan). The Big Dance is really slipping away, and the NIT might if the 'cats don't hold serve. Northwestern squeaks this one out.
Dan says ... Ohio State 62 at NORTHWESTERN 63--I think eventually that the Wildcats break through and this is the time.
Minnesota @ Michigan
Gamm says ... You can't call this an elimination game on both sides, but it certainly looks that way for Michigan. Minnesota is up and down right now, this means more to Michigan. Wolverines win.
Dan says ... ?
Wisconsin @ Indiana
Gamm says ... No Brian Butch bank shot needed. Wisconsin rolls.
Dan says ... WISCONSIN 74 at Indiana 68--Suddenly hot Badgers win fifth straight.
Indiana @ Purdue
Gamm says ... Rivalry time! IU has the short turn around and Purdue will be hungry after a tough loss to MSU. Purdue rolls.
Dan says ... Indiana 58 at PURDUE 66--Hoosiers are playing better, but not enough better to win at Mackey in rivalry game.
Illinois @ Ohio State
Gamm says ... Bucks have been tough at home and knock the Illini back a peg...
Dan says ... Illinois 72 at OHIO STATE 74--Basically a home-court pick in the first of two excellent games.
Wisconsin @ Michigan State
Gamm says ... MSU's basketball nemesis comes calling for our only battle on the year. Wisconsin has stripped State of Big Ten title dreams in the past (an OT loss with the banner hanging rolled in the rafters comes to mind) but this one brings some revenge. State 68 - Wisconsin 57.
Dan says ... Wisconsin 68 at MICHIGAN STATE 70--Spartans stretched to limit, but keep top spot in Big Ten and end Badgers' winning streak.
Michigan @ Iowa
Gamm says ... Iowa has been pesky at home, but Michigan gets another huge win.
Dan says ... MICHIGAN 63 at Iowa 62--Wolverines get a valuable road split.
Northwestern @ Minnesota
Gamm says ... Minnesota gets back to winning...
Dan says ... Northwestern 65 at MINNESOTA 70--Tubby and company burnish their Big Dance credentials.