MBB: Ringing in the New Year

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On the first day of the new decade, No. 4 Purdue completely dominated the visiting No. 6 West Virginia Mountaineers. Both teams entered the game with perfect records--two of six teams in the nation. One team would have to taste defeat for the first time this season and Purdue made it clear from the start that they would remain perfect.

The second day of the new decade brings another out of conference matchup and two conference games, including defending Big Ten Champions Michigan State as they begin their quest for back-to-back titles.

The LINEUP
Saturday, Jan. 2

# -/22 Gonzaga vs. ILLINOIS |22|  | 1 p.m. | CBS Sports

Illinois plays a second straight ranked opponent on Saturday, facing No. 22 Gonzaga (Coaches poll) in Chicago. The Illini carry a three-game winning streak against Top 25 teams this season, with victories at No. 18/19 Clemson on Dec. 2, No. 24 Vanderbilt (Coaches poll) on Dec. 8 and No. 25 Northwestern (AP‚Äąpoll) on Wednesday. Game Notes

Series History:
Illinois leads, 2-0


MINNESOTA at IOWA | 4 p.m. | Big Ten Network | MINN Game Notes  | IOWA Game Notes
The Golden Gophers: Minnesota will take to the road for the first time  in a month, as they enter the New Year with a matchup with the Iowa Hawkeyes at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Jan. 2.
The Gophers are in the midst of a six-game win streak, all coming  at the friendly confines of Williams Arena. Minnesota took the streak to six games with a 75-70 victory over Penn State in the Big Ten opener at The Barn. The Hawkeyes (5-8) are coming off of a close loss to #4 Purdue 67-56 in their Big Ten opener on Dec. 29 in Iowa City.

The Hawkeyes: Iowa (5-8, 0-1) remains home this weekend when it welcomes Minnesota (10-3, 1-0) to Iowa City. The Hawkeyes are coming off a hard-fought loss to No. 4 Purdue, falling 67-56 earlier this week. The last time Iowa started the Big Ten schedule with consecutive home games was during the 2003-04 season. Iowa opened with home contests against Purdue (Jan. 7) and Northwestern (Jan. 10). Furthermore, Iowa starts the conference schedule with four of its first five games at home. The last time that happened was during the 1962-63 campaign.

Series History: Minnesota leads, 91-81


#11/11 MICHIGAN STATE at #25/- NORTHWESTERN | 6:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
MSU Game Notes | NU Game Notes

The Spartans: In its 59 seasons playing basketball in the Big Ten Conference, Michigan State has compiled a 26-33 record in Big Ten openers, including an 11-24 record on the road. Tom Izzo is 8-6 in Big Ten openers, including 3-6 on the road. The Spartans are no strangers to opening conference action on the road, as this marks the seventh time in the last nine years that Michigan State has tipped off Big Ten play away from East Lansing.

The WIldcats: The Wildcats (10-2, 0-1 Big Ten) had their nine-game winning streak snapped Wednesday in an 89-83 overtime loss at Illinois. John Shurna scored over 20 points for the third consecutive game, tallying a team-high 27 points to go along with seven rebounds. NU lost despite committing only three turnovers in the contest. The Wildcats tied their own Big Ten record by attempting 47 3-pointers in the contest, connecting on 16 of them.

Series History: Michigan State leads, 77-37

Last Time Out
FRIDAY, JAN. 1
#4/4 PURDUE def. #6/6 West Virginia, 77-62

JaJuan Johnson had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 4 Purdue beat No. 6 West Virginia 77-62 on Friday in a matchup of unbeatens. Robbie Hummel scored 18 points and E'Twaun Moore added 15 for the Boilermakers, whose largest lead was 26 points. Purdue (13-0) completed its non-conference scheduled and is one of five unbeaten teams in the nation. The Mountaineers (11-1) were bidding for their first 12-0 start since the 1957-58 season.
Recap | Box Score

Commentary
Purdue keeps doing what it does best--winning. Read what Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy has to say about the No. 4 Boilermakers.

Respect these elders. Read what ESPN.com's Andy Katz has to say about the Boilermakers' dominating win over No. 6 West Virginia.



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