Minnesota welcomes Michigan State to Williams Arena on Saturday for a Big Ten rematch. The game is scheduled for Noon ET and will be broadcast on CBS with Gus Johnson and Greg Anthony on the call.
Michigan State comes to the Twin Cities as the sixth ranked team in the country and fresh off of a 70-62 victory over Iowa in East Lansing. The Spartans have started the Big Ten schedule with six straight victories, including a win over the Gophers, 60-53, 10 days ago. MSU won despite shooting a season-low 36.2 percent from the field. The Spartans only surrendered10 turnovers after Minnesota entered the game forcing 19.2 miscues per game against conference opponents. Although both teams boast a deep bench, MSU's reserves out-scored Minnesota's, 27-3.
Minnesota ranks in the top 10 nationally in three statistical categories, including turnover margin (seventh, 5.3), steals per game (eighth, 10.5) and assists per game (ninth, 17.5). The Gophers are led in scoring by Blake Hoffarber, who ranks third nationally in three-point field-goal percentage (.495). Watch as Lawrence Westbrook attempts to notch his 1,000 career point during Saturday's contest. The senior co-captain needs 10 more to reach the milestone.
Michigan State leads the all-time series with Minnesota, 58-56, although the Gophers own a 35-20 advantage in games played in East Lansing. The Spartans have won seven straight, including 12 of the last 13.
Series History: Michigan State leads, 58-56
Michigan will go on the road to face No. 13/15 Purdue on Saturday inside Mackey Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET with ESPN providing live television coverage. Saturday's game will mark the only meeting between the two schools in the regular season. The turnover battle will be key on Saturday, as both teams average less than 12 miscues per game heading into the contest.
Michigan arrives in West Lafayette, Ind., after splitting its last two games. The Wolverines prevailed in an upset 68-63 victory over 15/15 UConn last week before suffering a 54-48 setback at 18/19 Wisconsin on Wednesday evening. U-M's Manny Harris is closing in, or has already reached several milestones at U-M, but he is just seven rebounds away from becoming just the 27th U-M player to join the exclusive U-M 1,000 point/500 rebound club. He currently has 1,451 points and 493 rebounds. Teammate DeShawn Sims is also part of the exclusive listing with 1,358 points and 623 rebounds.
The Boilermakers recently snapped a three-game losing skid with a win at Illinois on Tuesday. Juniors JaJuan Johnson and Robbie Hummel head into the Michigan game with streaks of 15 and 17-consecutive double-figure scoring performances, respectively. The duo also occupies the fourth and fifth spots on the Big Ten's overall rebounding chart, making Purdue the lone school to boast two of the conference's top rive rebounders.
Purdue leads the all-time series with Michigan, 80-61, and has won five of the last seven meetings with the Wolverines. The Boilers are 28-13 against Michigan at Mackey Arena.
Series History: Purdue leads, 80-61
#21/25 OHIO STATE at #11/12 West Virginia | 2 p.m. ET | CBS Sports
OSU Game Notes | UWA Game Notes
Ohio State looks to wrap up its non-conference season with a visit to #11/12 ranked West Virginia on Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. ET from inside the Coliseum in front of a nationally televised audience on CBS.
Ohio State is 4-3 against ranked teams in the Associated Press Top 25 this season and 4-1 with a full roster. Evan Turner missed six games this season with a back injury, in which OSU went 3-3, including 0-2 against ranked foes. Turner averages 24.2 points and 9.6 rebounds when competing against the AP-Top 25 this season.
Ohio State and West Virginia have met 15 times since the series opener in 1940. The Buckeyes own a 9-6 lead all time starting with wins in the first eight games played through 1980. The Mountaineers have been successful in six of the last seven meetings, including a 76-48 victory a season ago in Columbus. Both teams enter the game this year ranked among the Top-25 for the first time in series history.
Series History: Ohio State leads, 9-6
ILLINOIS at NORTHWESTERN | 8 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
ILL Game Notes | NU Game Notes
The Wildcats return to action when they host in-state rival Illinois at Welsh Ryan Arena. The contest will mark the second meeting between the two teams on the year with the last game resulting in an 89-83 overtime decision in favor of the Illini.
Both teams are coming off of tough losses in conference action. In the early game on Tuesday, Northwestern fell victim to cold shooting, dropping a 76-56 loss on the road at Ohio State. Later that night, the Illini came up short against Purdue, despite a game-high 28 point performance from Demetri McCamey.
The last time the two teams square off, NU struggled to contain Mike Tisdale and fellow big man Mike Davis, who combined for 51 points and 28 rebounds. The towering tandem also united to post 10 of Illinois' 15 points in the overtime session.
Series History: Illinois leads, 127-34