MBB: Wednesday Night Doubleheader

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The Lineup
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30

Texas-Arlington at #11/11 MICHIGAN STATE | 7 p.m. | Big Ten Network | Game Notes
Michigan State hosts UT Arlington in the final regular-season non-conference game of the year for the Spartans. While the other 10 league schools open league play during the week, MSU has a bye in the first slot of the season. The Spartans are undefeated at home this season (7-0) and have won 46 consecutive non-conference games at Breslin Center. 

Series History: First Meeting

#25/- NORTHWESTERN at ILLINOIS | 9 p.m. | Big Ten Network | NU Game Notes |
ILL Game Notes

Northwestern | Sporting the program's first national ranking since the 1968-69 season, No. 25 Northwestern looks to match its best start to a season in 27 years and seeks its longest winning streak in 79 years as it opens its Big Ten season at Illinois Wednesday evening. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. with Big Ten Network providing live television coverage. The Wildcats enter the contest as winners of nine straight games, a streak last achieved by the 1993-94 squad which opened the season with nine consecutive victories. NU hasn't won at least 10 straight games since the 1930-31 team started with 14 wins in a row.

Illinois | Illinois is 63-41 all-time in Big Ten opening games. The Illini are 41-17 when opening the Big Ten season at home, and 20-5 at the Assembly Hall in Big Ten openers. This is the 10th time in the last 14 years that Illinois begins Big Ten play at home. This is the seventh time that Illinois and Northwestern open the Big Ten season against each other, with the Illini owning owning a 5-1 advantage over the Wildcats in conference openers. The last time Illinois and Northwestern tipped off Big Ten play against each other was on Jan. 7, 1993, when the Illini defeated the Wildcats 81-71 at Evanston.

Series History: Illinois leads, 126-34



UP NEXT: THURSDAY, DEC. 31
MICHIGAN at INDIANA | Noon | ESPN2

#15/15 OHIO STATE at #23/- WISCONSIN | 2 p.m. | ESPN2


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