Big Ten Wonk
Saturday, December 18, 2004
COMING Monday....
Updated points per weighted shot (PPWS) numbers for the best and worst of 60-odd starters and key reserves in the conference. Will Dee Brown still be number 1? Will David Teague still be anchor man? Tune in Monday!

In today's less Wonk-ish venues....
Northwestern hosts Seton Hall today in Evanston. (Link here.)

Michigan State hosts Delaware State in East Lansing today. (Link here.) Alert readers will recall Wonk's previous foray into wall-to-wall Delaware State coverage (here).

Michigan plays at UCLA today. The Detroit Free Press suggests Dion Harris's numbers have dipped (as noted by Wonk) because of his added ball-handling responsibilities in the absence of Daniel Horton. When Horton's numbers dipped last year, Tommy Amaker said it was because of his added ball-handling and defensive responsibilities. Funny how no one ever frets about the added ball-handling responsibilities for certain guards now excelling at, say, Illinois, Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Washington, or Iowa.

Purdue hosts Evansville in the "Boiler Blockbuster" at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis tonight. (Links here and here.) Matt Carroll had surgery on his right foot this week and will be out (you guessed it) four to six weeks. (BONUS Wonk invitation to inveterate iconoclasts. Why does everybody always say "four to six weeks"? Why not say "five" or "approximately five"? Somebody get us out of this rut, please.)

Iowa hosts Western Carolina in Iowa City tonight. (Good preview at the Hawkeye Hoops blog. Mainstream links here and here.)

Tomorrow: Indiana plays at Missouri, Illinois hosts Valparaiso, and Ohio State hosts Morehead State.

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