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The Lineup

Friday, Dec. 2

Wofford at #9/9 MICHIGAN STATE | 7 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network

After playing its last three games away from home, Michigan State returns to the Breslin Center to host Wofford. It marks the first of two straight games against teams from the Southern Conference, as the Spartans will travel to The Citadel for Monday's game. MSU-Wofford features a meeting of two brothers as Spartan senior Isaiah Dahlman will see his younger brother Noah, a junior at Wofford, on the opposing team.


Saturday, Dec. 3

Eastern Michigan at #15/15 OHIO STATE | Noon ET  | ESPNU

Ohio State and Eastern Michigan have met on the basketball court just once, Dec. 28, 1982, a 58-54 victory for the Buckeyes at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes are 49-12 overall vs. the Mid-American Conference all-time. The only MAC team Ohio State has not met is Buffalo.

Grambling at WISCONSIN | 1 p.m. ET | BigTenNetwork.com
Coming off consecutive wins over top-25 teams, Wisconsin sets its sights on Grambling State Saturday. The Badgers have opened each of the last seven seasons with a record of 5-1 or better. UW has begun the season with a 6-1 record 27 times overall, including last season.
Wisconsin has now knocked off back-to-back opponents ranked among the AP top 25 (No. 21 Maryland and No. 6 Duke) for the first time since beating three straight top-25 teams in the 2000 NCAA tournament. In that run, the Badgers beat No. 4 Arizona, No. 10 LSU and No. 25 Purdue on their way to the Final Four.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff at MICHIGAN | 2 p.m. ET | BigTenNetwork.com
Michigan will look to return to its winning ways at home against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Crisler Arena. Through the first six games of the season, Manny Harris has scored in double-figures in every game, with 20-plus points in four. He leads U-M and the Big Ten with 21.7 points per game. For the season he has nearly triple-double averages with 9.2 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game.

Brown at MINNESOTA | 3:30 p.m. ET | BigTenNetwork.com
Minnesota has been away from the friendly confines of Williams Arena since opening the season with three lopsided victories in seven days over Tennessee Tech, Stephen F. Austin and Utah Valley. The Gophers have played four games since, three as part of the 76 Classic in Anaheim and at the University of Miami as part of the 2009 Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
Brown University has had a similar schedule, as they are in the midst of playing 11 games in 22 days. The Bears come to Minneapolis with a 4-5 record, including a 85-79 loss in overtime to Holy Cross on Dec. 2.

Prairie View A&M at IOWA | 4 p.m. ET | BigTenNetwork.com
The Iowa Hawkeyes remain home to host Prairie View A&M (3-3) Saturday. Tip-off is slated for 3:05 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Both Iowa and Prairie View A&M will look to rebound for losses earlier this week. The Hawkeyes lost to Virginia Tech (70-64), while the Panthers fell to Texas A&M (84-59).

Buffalo at #4/6 PURDUE | 5 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
After snapping a two-game losing streak in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge to help the Big Ten win the event for the first time in its 10-year history, No. 4/6 Purdue takes the court on Saturday looking to move to 7-0 and remain the lone undefeated team in the conference. The Boilermakers have won 11 of their last 12 games, dating back to last season. A win over Buffalo would give Purdue seven-straight wins to open the season, marking the second-longest winning streak in the Matt Painter Era. A victory on Saturday would also give Purdue its first 7-0 start since the 1993-94 campaign - a span of 15 seasons.

Boise State at ILLINOIS | 7:30 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
After playing three consecutive games away from Assembly Hall, the Illini return home for three straight games beginning Saturday night vs.Boise State. Illinois is coming off a record-setting 76-74 victory at Clemson where the Illini erased a 23-point deficit, marking the largest comeback in school history and ninth-largest second-half comeback in NCAA history. Illinois' defense has held each of its seven opponents to less than 45 percent shooting this season. All five Illini starters are scoring in double figures, averaging between 10.1 and 13.3 points.

PENN STATE at Temple | 4 p.m. ET |
Coming off a 69-67 road victory at Virginia on Monday, the Nittany Lion basketball team (5-2) will look to win a program record fifth-straight non-conference road game on Saturday when it takes on Temple. Penn State has equaled a program record of winning four straight games on non-conference opponent's home floors with victories at Penn, at Georgia Tech, at Florida (NIT) and at Virginia in the past two seasons. The Lions also accomplished the feat in a three-season span from 1993-94 through 1995-96 under coaches Bruce Parkhill and Jerry Dunn as they recorded victories at Akron, at Duquesne, at Nebraska (NIT) and at Tennessee. The Nittany Lions stand 6-9 overall in non-conference road games under coach Ed DeChellis.


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