MBB: Saturday Preview

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Saturday, Dec. 19
IPFW at #12/12 MICHIGAN STATE | Noon | Big Ten Network
After a week off for academic finals, Michigan State returns to action against IPFW. The break was well deserved for a Spartan squad that opened the season by playing 10 games in the first four weeks of the season. The Spartans and Mastodons are meeting for the fifth straight season, with four of the five meetings being played in East Lansing. The IPFW contest is the first of the final three regular-season non-conference games for Michigan State. Game Notes
Series History: Michigan State leads, 5-0

MICHIGAN at #1/1 Kansas | Noon | ESPN
The Wolverines travel to storied Allen Field House for a tilt with the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks. The Wolverines average 71.1 points and give up 63.9 per game for a +7.2 scoring margin. U-M averages 8.2 steals per game and forces 15.6 turnovers per contest. Junior guard Manny Harris leads the team with 22.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Harris also has a team-high 18 steals and 45 assists. Kansas posted a 90-65 win against La Salle in the M&I Bank Kansas
City Shootout on Dec. 12, that saw freshman Xavier Henry net a career-high 31 points in the game. Kansas averages 90.3 points per game, is giving up 57.7 points. Game Notes
Series History: Michigan leads, 5-0

Stanford at NORTHWESTERN | 2 p.m. | Big Ten Network
A victory over the Cardinal would move the Wildcats to 9-1, matching the 1958-59, 1968-69, 1982-83 and 1993-94 squads who also posted nine wins in their first 10 games. The 1930-31 Big Ten championship team opened its campaign with 12 straight victories. Northwestern has won seven straight games, the school's longest winning streak since the 1993-94 team opened with nine straight triumphs. Northwestern is coming off an 84-54 home win over North Florida Wednesday night. Michael Thompson led six Wildcat players in double figures with 14 points. Luka Mirkovic added 13 points and eight assists as NU hit 14 3-pointers in the contest.
Game Notes
Series History: Stanford leads, 4-1

Ball State vs. #4/4 PURDUE |20| | 4 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Purdue will play its fourth neutral-site game of the season on Saturday when it heads into Conseco Fieldhouse for a matchup with Ball State in the Wooden Tradition. The Boilermakers have won 14 of their last 15 games, dating back to last season. A win over the Cardinals would give Purdue 10-straight wins to open the season, equaling the third-best start in school history and bringing the Boilers to within a game of matching the longest winning streak in the Matt Painter Era. Purdue owns a six-game winning streak against in-state opponents, and hasn't lost to a team from the Hoosier state since Feb. 19, 2008. The Boilers are 10-7 against in-state foes under Painter. Game Notes
Series History: Purdue leads, 7-2

Delaware State at #18/18 OHIO STATE | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
The Buckeyes continue a three-game homestand when they play hosts to the Hornets of Delaware State on Saturday. The Hornets are coming off a 76-34 loss to Arizona State Dec. 12. Frisco Sandidge was the high scorer for Delaware State with 12 points, while Marcus Neal had 11 for the Hornets. Neal's performance included three 3-point field goals. Ohio State is 7-0 at home to date and shooting well on familiar ground. The Buckeyes are shooting 54 percent as a team at home this season and 44 percent from three-point range. Five Buckeyes average more than 11 points a game, led by Jon Diebler's 16.9 ppg. Game Notes
Series History: Ohio State leads, 2-0

Drake at IOWA | 6:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
After opening the season with 10 games in 26 days, the Hawkeyes will end an eight-day recess by hosting Drake on Saturday with a 5:36 p.m. start inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. For Iowa (3-7), this will be the third consecutive matchup against an in-state school. Iowa fell on the road to Northern Iowa (67-50) on Dec. 8 and to Iowa State (81-71) on Dec. 11. Game Notes
Series History: Iowa leads, 53-10

ILLINOIS vs. Georgia |19|  | 7 p.m. | ESPNU
Following a three-game homestand, Illinois now has three of its next four games away from Assembly Hall, beginning Saturday vs. Georgia in Duluth, Ga. Illinois has won four-straight games, equaling its longest winning streak of the season. The Illini are trying to snap a four-game skid at neutral sites. Illinois is 77-13 in regular season non-conference games during Bruce Weber's seven-year tenure, a winning percentage of 85.6 percent. In each of its eight wins, Illinois has topped 70 points and recorded at least 15 assists. Game Notes
Series History: Illinois leads, 5-0

North Carolina Central at INDIANA | 8:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
The Hoosiers have been taking final exams for the last week and are coming off a 90-73 loss at home to #3 Kentucky. Indiana will host Loyola (Md.) on December 22, Bryant on December 28 and will open the Big Ten season against Michigan on December 31. The Eagles will join the MEAC effective in July of 2010 and IU will be the second Big Ten foe they have faced. They lost at Iowa, 73-63, on November 28. NCCU also has played North Carolina and Miami. NCCU lost 76-67 to Florida Gulf Coast, Wednesday night. Game Notes
Series History: First Meeting

Gardner-Webb at PENN STATE | 9 p.m. | ESPNU
Saturday will be the third game of the week for the Runnin' Bulldogs who are coming off a loss to No. 7 Duke on Tuesday and play host to James Madison on Thursday. Gardner-Webb will be the third of four-straight home games for the Nittany Lions to wrap-up the non-conference season. Penn State is 22-2 vs. non-conference opponents at home the last three seasons. Penn State is led by All-Big Ten point guard Talor Battle who stands second in the Big Ten posting 18.8 ppg coming into Saturday. Game Notes
Series History: First Meeting

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