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Old Feb 22, 2018, 08:01 PM   #1
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Old Feb 22, 2018, 08:09 PM   #2
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End the regular season with a win?

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Old Feb 22, 2018, 08:14 PM   #3
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Yes please. And a road win at that...

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Old Feb 22, 2018, 09:34 PM   #4
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Two teams with nothing to lose. Could be an entertaining game.
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Old Feb 22, 2018, 10:08 PM   #5
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Two teams seeking to avoid last place.
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Old Feb 22, 2018, 11:35 PM   #6
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Are we the worst team in a historically bad B10? It comes down to this game. The good news is somebody has to win this game. Oh boy is this great!
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Old Feb 23, 2018, 12:05 AM   #7
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So...no Big Ten Tournament seeding thread? Are we so bad that no one cares enough to do it this year? I'm curious about the potential matchups and how this game might affect it.
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Old Feb 23, 2018, 07:37 AM   #8
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Here's my best effort:

If Illinois wins and Iowa wins, we will be the 13 playing 12 Iowa.
If Illinois wins and Iowa loses, we will be the 12 playing 13 Rutgers.
If Illinois loses, we will be the 14 playing 11 Minnesota.
Win on Wednesday and it's probably against #5 or #6 on Thursday and currently that would be Michigan or Indiana.
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Old Feb 23, 2018, 08:18 AM   #9
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I want another crack at Iowa.
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Old Feb 23, 2018, 08:30 AM   #10
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If Illinois wins and Iowa wins, we will be the 13 playing 12 Iowa.
If Illinois wins and Iowa loses, we will be the 12 playing 13 Rutgers.
If Illinois loses, we will be the 14 playing 11 Minnesota.

Northwestern @ Iowa, Sunday 6:30pm CT
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Old Feb 23, 2018, 10:44 AM   #11
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If the season ended last night (2-22) . . .

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Old Feb 23, 2018, 11:25 AM   #12
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If the season ended last night (2-22) . . .

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We might play Rutgers in back-to-back games? Nothing good can come of that.

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Old Feb 23, 2018, 12:00 PM   #13
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We might play Rutgers in back-to-back games? Nothing good can come of that.
That would almost be boring unless we win both games.

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Old Feb 23, 2018, 12:40 PM   #14
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That would almost be boring unless we win both games.
We win both games. Bore me to tears. I can take it.
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Old Feb 23, 2018, 01:06 PM   #15
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We win both games. Bore me to tears. I can take it.
I said "almost" boring, and yes, I can take it, too. Hard to believe there will be no more MBB games in the SFC again until this coming fall - a lot of recruiting has to be accomplished in next few months!

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Old Feb 23, 2018, 05:30 PM   #16
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What a great idea to just stay out East after Sunday's Rutger's game. Gives the chance for the team to bond and do some fun things in The Big Apple. They had to get special approval to do this, but what a great idea. I think this team is going to really surprise at the BTT.
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Old Feb 23, 2018, 05:48 PM   #17
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I want to play in the 12/13 game simply because that part of the bracket plays in the evening. Seems like we've played the afternoon, specifically the 11am 8/9 game, for the past 10 years.

But it would be nice to get another crack at Iowa and then hopefully Maryland or IU. Want to stay away from PSU if possible, but would be happy to play them in the semi's if they upset a higher seed.

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Old Feb 23, 2018, 06:31 PM   #18
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What a great idea to just stay out East after Sunday's Rutger's game. Gives the chance for the team to bond and do some fun things in The Big Apple. They had to get special approval to do this, but what a great idea. I think this team is going to really surprise at the BTT.
curious on where theyll move to and practice in workout before BTT game...anyone know?


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Old Feb 23, 2018, 09:43 PM   #19
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curious on where theyll move to and practice in workout before BTT game...anyone know?


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Old Feb 24, 2018, 10:19 AM   #20
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Underwood: I liked where we were at offensively. I felt like we got whatever we wanted. That really wasn't a problem for the first time all year.

Underwood: Really good to get the guys a day off yesterday. Get treatments. Will get a Rutgers team that's hungry on their home court.

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Underwood: We are getting better. I hope our guys really truly believe that because we are.

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Old Feb 24, 2018, 12:41 PM   #21
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But first, handle Rutgers.
Getting really hyped to head over to Piscataway. Only time I've seen our guys is on national/non-BTN TV. I'll be right in the middle of Rutgers fans. Oh so looking for revenge from last year (regardless how beneficial that was to us).
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Old Feb 24, 2018, 03:52 PM   #22
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BTN: Jason Horowitz & Robbie Hummel

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Old Feb 24, 2018, 05:31 PM   #23
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I want these guys to have something to feel good about. Finish the season with some good results, and don't roll over. Rutgers should be a game we can win, even on the road.
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Old Feb 24, 2018, 06:01 PM   #24
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First of 13 in a row and that elusive natty
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Old Feb 24, 2018, 06:14 PM   #25
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If BU leads this team to the NCAA tournament, he will more than deserve whatever bonus he is scheduled to receive.

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