Big Ten Wonk
Saturday, November 20, 2004
Friday night sights
Wonk interrupts his blog-free weekend to do some micro-posting and call your attention to some numbers....

Purdue's juco transfer Carl Landry had a monster line last night, putting up 25 points and 16 boards. Didn't matter. Host Miami of Ohio shot .700 on their three's (not a typo) en route to an 81-71 win. Links
here and here.

Wonk was right! There was a game scheduled last night between Michigan and Sacramento State, even if little advance notice was given in the understandably Michigan-Ohio-State-football-focused Wolverine press. Michigan held Sac State to just 49 points for the game and 18 points in the second half. Final score: 70-49. Links
here and here.

Iowa sank 20 of 20 free throws in their win over Western Illinois. Links
here and here. Additionally and as always, excellent blogger's-eye-view to be found over at Hawkeye Hoops.

Displaying a slackness on defense that will need to change quickly, Illinois allowed the scrappy Delaware State Hornets to shoot .571 from the field. Fortunately, the Illini shot .625 and won 87-67. Links
here, here and here.

Being the first annual Pick on an Innocuous State Day in the Big Ten, Ohio State decided to match the Illini's fearless scheduling and defeated Delaware last night, 74-49. Buckeye guard Tony Stockman went a notable 10-of-13 from the field, including 6-of-9 on his three's, in notching 26 points. Link

Wonk selected Northwestern's T.J. Parker for his
All-Wonk Team even though, Wonk said then, Parker has no outside shot. Wonk may have to change his tune but not his selection. Parker went 3-of-6 on his three's last night, including the game-winner, in scoring 18 points to lead the Wildcats over Portland 56-53 in the first round of the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska. Links here and here.

Kelvin Torbert picked up where he left off last year (little noticed hot-shooter), hitting at an .800 clip from the field and .750 on his three's. Michigan State won 104-72 over Florida A&M. Links
here and here.

It's only November but Penn State's already been a one-team wrecking crew when it comes to the conference's RPI, posting losses to Illinois State and South Carolina State. The Nittany Lions at least avoided further damage last night, defeating in-state rival Lehigh, 73-64. Link

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