Monday, February 09, 2009

Let the attrition begin!
Wow was it a battle last week in the Big Ten. Penn State gets everyone within reach of Michigan State on Sunday and then - WHAM - every one starts beating up on the other. Penn State loses what could amount to two very costly games. Purdue goes down twice and is looking at what life is like without Robbie Hummel (not nearly as good, that's for sure). Wisconsin gets two huge wins after a six game losing streak. Illinois splits. Northwestern drops a critical game. Minnesota gets clipped twice. Ohio State got two killer home wins to vault back into the race. And in the end, the team that entered the week in some trouble - MSU - wins two to reclaim a two game lead.

Buckeye Nation moved to the top of the leaderboard and gets to pick this week. Maybe I'll actually have time to get my picks in on time this go around!

Without further ado...

Tuesday
Michigan State @ Michigan (Andy)
Indiana @ Minnesota

Wednesday
Penn State @ Purdue (Andy)
Iowa @ Wisconsin

Thursday
Illinois @ Northwestern (Buckeye)

Saturday
Minnesota @ Penn State (Tiebreaker - Andy & Buckeye)
Purdue @ Iowa
Ohio State @ Wisconsin (Buckeye)

Sunday
Illinois @ Indiana
Michigan @ Northwestern

5 comments:

Dan Meyer said...

Big Ten Geeks (www.bigtengeeks.com--this year's Big Ten Wonk) said it best with Hummel's uncertain status--"Applications Now Being Taken for Second Place" (sigh)

Week 7 picks--6-4 might be a decent week with lots of tricky games to pick

MICHIGAN STATE 68 at Michigan 66--Sparty's perfect road record swings this pick.

Indiana 62 at MINNESOTA 70--Hoosiers are improving, but Gophers are getting desparate.

Penn State 60 at PURDUE 65--Memories of Morrissey's bank shot spur Hummel-less Boilers to win.

Iowa 58 at WISCONSIN 68--I'm afraid that Bo has found his mojo.

ILLINOIS 62 at Northwestern 60--Illini sure better not be looking ahead..!

*Minnesota 65 at PENN STATE 68--Bubble ride becomes more queasy for the loser.

PURDUE 63 at Iowa 58--Hummel finally returns and Boilers hold on in tough game.

Ohio State 62 at WISCONSIN 65--Two of three hottest teams in conference meet, home court pick.

ILLINOIS 68 at Indiana 66--MUCH tougher in Assembly Hall South vs. Assembly North for Illini.

MICHIGAN 65 at Northwestern 62--NCAA elimination game for loser; Michigan has more talent and JUST get out with the win.

Phats said...

my Boilers have been Hummled! Not fun, but better the young man get healthy.

MICHIGAN over michigan state
MINNESOTA over indiana

PURDUE over penn state(we lose games in twos, and hopefully not threes!)
WISCONSIN over iowa

ILLINOIS over northwestern

PENN STATE 64 minnesota 61
PURDUE over iowa
WISCONSIN over ohio state

ILLINOIS over indiana
NORTHWESTERN over michigan

Buckeye Nation said...

Winners in BOLD CAPS

Tuesday
MICHIGAN STATE @ Michigan
Indiana @ MINNESOTA

Wednesday
Penn State @ PURDUE
Iowa @ WISCONSIN

Thursday
Illinois @ NORTHWESTERN

Saturday
Minnesota 63 @ PENN STATE 67 (Tiebreaker)
PURDUE @ Iowa
OHIO STATE @ Wisconsin

Sunday
ILLINOIS @ Indiana
Michigan @ NORTHWESTERN

BruceS said...

WINNER IN CAPS

MSU @ michigan
iu @ MINN
PSU @ purdue
iowa @ WISC
ILLINI @ northwestern
MINN 71 @ psu 65
PURDUE @ iowa
osu @ WISC
ILLINI @ indiana
michigan @ NORTHWESTERN
GO GREEN

mayo170 said...

Tuesday
Michigan State @ Michigan
Indiana @ Minnesota

Wednesday
Penn State @ Purdue
Iowa @ Wisconsin

Thursday
Illinois @ Northwestern

Saturday
Minnesota @ Penn State
Purdue @ Iowa
Ohio State @ Wisconsin

Sunday
Illinois @ Indiana
Michigan @ Northwestern