MBB: Saturday on the Hardwood

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INDIANA at ILLINOIS | 2 p.m. ET | ESPN2
IND Game Notes | ILL Game Notes

Indiana will travel to Illinois for a 2 p.m. ET showdown against Illinois in the second meeting between the program this season. Indiana's head coach Tom Crean and Illinois head mentor Bruce Weber will lead a group of Big Ten coaches in sporting Nikes as they pace the sidelines during weekend competition in honor of the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits & Sneakers Awareness Weekend. In addition, the Fighting Illini will wear pink-branded Nike uniforms to raise awareness about Coaches vs. Cancer and the American Cancer Society (ACS).

In their last meeting in early January, the Hoosiers relinquished a double-digit second half lead and the Illini escaped with a 66-60 victory in Bloomington. Since then, Indiana has gone 2-2 while Illinois has posted a 2-3 record. The Hoosiers have not played since a 58-43 loss at home to Iowa last Sunday while the Illini are coming off a 77-67 win at Penn State on Wednesday.

This Saturday, watch as junior Demetri McCamey attempts to net his 1,000 career point. The 6-3 guard is just nine points away from becoming the 43nd player in Illini history to join the exclusive club.

IOWA at MICHIGAN | 4:30 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
IOWA Game Notes | U-M Game Notes

The Iowa Hawkeyes (8-13, 2-6) hit the road for the third time in four games, traveling to Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday to face the Wolverines (10-10, 3-5). Tip-off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET from inside Crisler Arena. Michigan enters the game on a three-game losing skid, while Iowa has won three of its last five.

The Wolverines are coming off a  four-game stretch in a nine-day period -- all against top-25 opponents. The Maize and Blue are one win away from becoming the fifth Big Ten program to earn 700 conference wins, joining Illinois (866), Purdue (852), Indiana (848) and Wisconsin (707) in the elite group to have already accomplished the feat. The Hawkeyes need three more wins to achieve the 700 mark.

Look for Manny Harris to crash the boards on Saturday. The junior Wolverines sits three rebounds shy of entering the 500 rebound club. Teammate DeShawn Sims is already a member as he is 21st all-time with 636 rebounds.

The Big Ten Network will televise Saturday afternoon's game to a national cable audience. Wayne Larrivee and Greg Kelser will call the action.

Series History: Michigan leads, 84-57

NORTHWESTERN at #5/5 MICHIGAN STATE | 7 p.m. ET Big Ten Network
NU Game Notes | MSU Game Notes

Northwestern will look to repeat last season's memorable win at the Breslin Center when it travels to East Lansing on Saturday to take on fifth-ranked Michigan State. The Spartans return to East Lansing riding on a pair of one-point triumphs at Minnesota and Michigan. The Big Ten Network will provide live television coverage of Saturday's contest, which is set for 7 p.m. ET.

At 8-0 in conference action, Michigan State will look to secure its unblemished streak and extend its best start in school history to nine consecutive. Saturday will conclude the season series between NU and MSU, with the last game resulting in a 91-70 decision in favor of the Spartans.

A year ago, the Wildcats stunned the Spartans, 70-63, on the strength of a 31-point effort from Kevin Coble. The contest was eventually deemed the Big Ten's Game of the Year by the Big Ten Network regardless of sport. Saturday's game marks NU's fifth test against a ranked opponent this month. The 'Cats are looking to rebound from a 65-61 loss at Minnesota on Tuesday.

Series History: Michigan State leads, 78-37

 

 

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