Close your eyes for a second. Think back to March when sports were first stopped. No games to watch besides replays of old ones, nothing to bet on. March Madness cancelled, the NBA season in flux. For sports junkies like myself, this was a tough time. I don’t go a day without sports, but with all leagues on pause, there was no choice but to watch old games on TV. Fast forward to now. We’ve got the NFL in full swing, college football conference championships, the NBA starting up on Tuesday, and an awesome slate of college basketball this weekend. We’ve made it. Let’s take a look at the Big Ten matchups this weekend.
Butler @ Indiana, 11:30 AM, FS1
Indiana has dropped non-conference games with Texas and Florida State, but defeated Stanford in the early going. They’ll look to pick up another non-conference W as they host Butler on Saturday.
#3 Iowa @ #1 Gonzaga, 12 PM, CBS
This is why we love sports. A huge matchup at noon with the #3 Hawkeyes taking on the #1 Bulldogs. This game is taking place at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Apparently the site was chosen because Sanford Health is a business partner and can provide rapid covid tests. Also, today I found out that Gonzaga is in Washington.
Iowa’s Luka Garza and Gonzaga’s Jalen Suggs headline the matchup between two of the top teams in the country.
#23 Louisville @ #12 Wisconsin, 12 PM, ESPN 2
The 12th-ranked Badgers are 5-1 early on, looking like they’ll contend for the conference title once again. They host a worthy opponent in the #23 Cardinals, who are undefeated thus far.
Purdue @ Notre Dame, 2:30 PM, ESPN 2
A matchup of Indiana foes taking place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis as the Boilermakers look to stay hot after beating Ohio State on Wednesday. The Irish are 0-2 in their matchups with Big Ten opponents this season, losing contests to both Michigan State And Ohio State.
UCLA @ #20 Ohio State, 4:15 PM, CBS
The #20 Buckeyes sorely missed sophomore forward E.J. Liddell in Wednesday night’s loss at Purdue. He’s a total game changer for Ohio State, so keep an eye on his game status before placing any bets on this one. After a season opening loss to San Diego State, the Bruins have won five straight.
#13 Illinois @ #19 Rutgers, 1 PM, ESPN 2
As a Rutgers alum, I’m absolutely stoked for this game. Sure, they’re 5-0 and have beaten the likes of Syracuse and Maryland, but this is their first REAL test. The #19 Scarlet Knights’ bigs, Cliff Omoruyi and Myles Johnson, will have their hands full with #13 Illinois’ Kofi Cockburn. Containing Ayo Dosunmu will also be a key for Rutgers.
#4 Michigan State @ Northwestern, 7 PM, BTN
The #4 Spartans look to stay undefeated as they travel to Evanston for a matchup with the Wildcats, who are fresh off a loss to Pitt.
Saint Louis @ Minnesota, 8:30 PM, FS1
The Golden Gophers host St. Louis to round out this weekend’s Big Ten slate.