Big Ten Basketball Chaos, Parity Fun for Fans, Excruciating for Coaches Says Chris Collins

Absolutely anyone who cares about Big Ten basketball, no matter the size of their audience, publishes a Big Ten basketball power rankings. It’s the least original endeavor possible, and this year all of these power rankings are created equal.

From the Midwestern paper of record to somebody on Twitter with three followers and no avatar, they’re all equally valid. It’s not just in regards to Big Ten basketball, it’s national as well. The AP rankings are no more valid than any list tweeted out by (insert name of hoops blogger here).

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Who are the Leading Big Ten Contenders? Chicago Legends Size it Up

Today saw Gonzaga become the sixth different team to be ranked #1 in the AP poll. The all time record, for an entire season is seven, and today is just Christmas Eve Eve/Festivus. In other words, that record will inevitably be shattered to pieces and this fact conveys just how much chaos there really is, nationally, in college basketball this season.

Not just nationally, but on a local level too! When you’re making free college basketball picks against the spread, in the Big Ten, anything can happen! Upsets are occurring all the time and now that everyone in the Big 10 has played two conference games, 12 of the 14 teams in the league are 1-1. Michigan State is 2-0 while Northwestern is 0-2. Until MSU’s 77-72 win at Northwestern on Wednesday night, the home team had won every single Big Ten league team. So up until midweek, we had perfect symmetry in the Midwestern league.

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Purdue Boilermakers Absolutely Curb Stomp #5 Virginia Cavaliers End to End

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In a game where absolutely every single field goal made mattered, and then some, the Purdue Boilermakers got off to a rip roaring start against the reigning national champions and never looked back; cruising to a 69-40 win. 

The #5 Virginia Cavaliers led 3-0, right off the first possession, but that was it. The Boilermakers quickly countered and found themselves up 26-9 at the under four media timeout in the first half. Defense lives here indeed as UVA were held scoreless for a stretch of nine minutes and nine seconds in the first half. Up 40-19 at the under 16 in the second half, it was all she wrote and Purdue had themselves what you would call “a signature win.”

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#5 Virginia Cavaliers at Purdue Boilermakers Game Preview, Prediction

“Defense Lives Here.” It’s a slogan in West Lafayette, and thus far, the Purdue Boilermakers have certainly embodied that, holding all but one of their first seven opponents to 65 points or less. Five of those opponents have scored less than 60, with two not even reaching 50.

However, Wednesday night’s opponent, the #7 and reigning national champion Virginia Cavaliers, are the embodiment of playing hard nosed defense on steroids. Only one of their seven opponents, Vermont, has even scored 50 on them. Three opponents scored 34 of less! Yes, you read that right. That’s why the over/under is 103 on this game. If you’re gambling at slotsify or other casinos taking action on this game, you’ll see Purdue favored by two points. When doing any kind of wagering, and especially so with sports betting, you got to pay attention to their numbers. And this game will be tight because points will be at a premium.

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Purdue Rallies to Victory, Gives Northwestern an Absolute Gut Punch

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J.D. Dellinger was the hero for Purdue in an ending that was so exciting and interesting, it could have been written by J.D. Salinger. Purdue’s 24-22 come from behind win at Northwestern, decided by Dellinger’s 39 yard field goal in the final seconds, was as entertaining as one could expect for $2- that’s how low a price you could find tickets online for this one.

It was the nicest weather day the Chicagoland area has seen in a week and is forecasted to have for another week, absolutely perfect for a college football Saturday, but the sun is definitely not shining right now on the Northwestern football program. The Wildcats went up early 14-0, and they scored six more points today than they did all of October, but it just wasn’t enough.

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Purdue Boilermakers at Northwestern Wildcats Game Preview, Prediction

It’s astounding when you think about it- last year this game was both entertaining and overflowing with hype. ESPN sent their A-team to broadcast it. Now Purdue Boilermakers vs Northwestern Wildcats is, lackluster to say the least. For host Northwestern, it’s a season that’s long been lost, largely due to an offense that is so ineffective, watching them play could best be expressed by Sideshow Mel: “this endeavor is the height of tedium.”

If you’ve ever wondered what a power five conference team (not running the triple option or something gimmicky like that) would look like if they had absolutely no passing game, this is it. As for Purdue, well they came within three minutes of season their season pretty much over last week. The Boilers pulled out the win last weekend over Nebraska, but “let’s just roll out the basketballs already” mode could be here shortly.

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Purdue Guard Nojel Eastern Looks to Make Leap Offensively this Season

Tomorrow Nojel Eastern and the rest of the 23rd ranked Purdue Boilermakers will begin the 2019-2020 season, which marks the 122th in program history.

The last time the Boilers played a regular season game, they added to their Big Ten record of conference championships, claiming their 24th in Eastern’s hometown of Evanston, Illinois. If you’re making college basketball picks this season in the Big Ten, Last year, the 6-7 small forward averaged 7.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while starting 35 of 36 games.

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Purdue Big Man Matt Haarms on His NBA Draft Potential, Draft Stock

Purdue center Matt Haarms will no doubt take on a much bigger role this season for the #23 ranked Boilermakers. He’s going to be more front and center, literally and figuratively, this season and that means you’re going to hear that shopworn pun that is always made off his name even more.

We won’t dare say it, but just be wary it’s coming this campaign. Haarms is on the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar preseason watch list, an award given to the nation’s top center. Obviously, we’re not huge on the concept of preseason watch lists, but it is just 20 names long and Haarms is one of three Big Ten players on the list.

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Purdue Basketball Fired Up for Virginia Rematch, Visit from Champions

All games are equal in importance but some contests are a lot more equal than others. Or something like that. The #23rd ranked Purdue basketball program welcomes #11 and reigning national champion Virginia to Mackey Arena on Wednesday, December 4th for a rematch of the two sides’ instant classic 2019 NCAA Tournament South Regional final.

Virginia, albeit in very controversial fashion, won that Elite 8 game 80-75 in overtime. It gave the Cavaliers their first Final Four berth since 1984 and it denied the first Purdue basketball appearance in the Final Four since 1980. The Boilermakers, making their first Elite Eight appearance since 2000, might have advanced had the restart of the clock in Louisville that evening been more friendly to them.

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2019-20 Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings Media Day Edition

Wednesday is Big Ten Media Day, and if that seems extremely early, well that’s because it is really is. It’s 87 degrees in Chicago, host city for this event, as I type. Let’s talk basketball, amirite? I mean the Major League Baseball playoffs haven’t even started yet (the real postseason, not the play-in games) and we’re talking about an event that literally, just five years ago was held on Halloween.

That is the nature of the college basketball beast though. Everything is being moved up; way up in the calendar year. So without further ado, let’s look at the Big Ten basketball pecking order.

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Minnesota Golden Gophers at Purdue Boilermakers Game Preview

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It is fitting that Saturday’s Big Ten West battle between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and Purdue Boilermakers is a pick’em. That’s because neither team has done much this season to convince outside observers they should feel confident that victory is imminent.

The Gophers are undefeated, but all three wins came in very unconvincing fashion and the last two involved last minute escapes. As for Purdue, well if you’re familiar with the collective psyche of much of their fan base, well then you can understand how they saw their 1-2 start coming.

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2020 NFL Mock Draft 9-18-19

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We have 2020 vision, NFL Draft style, right here, right now. It’s our fourth 2020 NFL mock draft update, and the order was based on a combination of NFL.com’s power rankings plus how we see the teams finishing the season out. Team needs were sometimes, but not often taken into account, as it’s just way too early to factor in. Obviously this will be modified many times between now and 2020 NFL Draft day.

So I implore you to really not take this very seriously, and just have fun with it. Please refrain from pointless hostility and needless acrimony in the comments section. Don’t be that guy. You have too much to do in your life than to waste it on trivial online conflict like that. Enjoy!

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