Big Ten Wonk
Tuesday, December 28, 2004
BONUS borrowed-computer edition!
Wonk interrupts his holiday leisure to come to you LIVE from the in-laws! Um, so we'll keep this short and sweet....

COMING January 3
Special return-of-full-strength-Wonk edition, featuring a chat with Jeff Shelman. The indefatigable Shelman not only posts frequently and insightfully on college hoops for, he also covers the Minnesota Golden Gophers for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

In today's less Wonk-ish venues....
Carrying over the lackluster play they displayed against Missouri, Illinois allowed Longwood (yes, Longwood) to hang around within single digits as late as ten minutes into the second half before finally putting away the Lancers 105-79 in Champaign last night. (Links here, here, and here.) When is breaking 100 and winning by 26 a bad thing? When your opponent calls a timeout 28 seconds into the game (Wonk is not making this up) specifically so they can take a picture of the scoreboard which at the time displayed a 2-2 game. The Lancers shot .533 from the field, including 8-of-19 on their three's.

Wisconsin beat Western Carolina 89-49 in Madison last night. (Links here and here.) EXCLUSIVE Wonk analysis of why the Badgers won: they put up (not a typo) 76 field goal attempts. EXCLUSIVE Wonk analysis of how the Badgers got off 76 FGA's: they beat the Catamounts senseless on the boards, 53-33.

Northwestern beat Delaware State in Evanston last night, 50-43. (Latest in a series of archetypal Welsh-Ryan Arena scores; links here and here.) The unexpectedly close score left NU coach Bill Carmody grumbling of possible lineup shuffles.

Indiana hosts Ball State tonight. (Link here.)

Iowa hosts Air Force tonight, a game coach Steve Alford is calling "scary" because of the notably deliberate style employed by the Falcons. (Links here and here.)

Penn State faces Valparaiso tonight in the first round of the ASU/ Hoops Classic at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Arizona. (Link here.)

Ohio State hosts New Hampshire tonight. (Link here.)

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