The Moving Screen: Will these two ever lose a Big Ten game?

The Moving Screen is a podcast collaboration with The Athletic’s Brendan Quinn. We’ll be tackling Michigan, Michigan State and Big Ten basketball at large with a blend of rational analysis and hot takes.

Another podcast and three more wins for Michigan and Michigan State. When will these two teams ever lose in the Big Ten? All signs point toward this being a Michigan vs. Michigan State battle for the league championship.

Listen to “Ep 11: Will these two ever lose a Big Ten game?” on Spreaker.

03:00: When will Michigan lose? Is Zavier Simpson Michigan’s MVP? What is the recipe for a team to beat Michigan?
32:00: Michigan State is dominating the Big Ten (without Josh Langford). The Spartans have been better than Michigan in league play but have a key test coming up at Nebraska.
57:00: Big Ten Power Rankings. There are two great teams and four bad teams but figuring out the other eight spots is a chore.


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  1. UMHoopsFan

    I know this was recorded before Nebraska won @IU, but I was still a little surprised at how confident Dylan and Brendan seemed that MSU would be able to win at Nebraska. They talked about the home environment, but I still think they undersold it. Nebraska is also pretty good at forcing TOs, an MSU weakness, and their switch everything defense could give MSU problems. That’s what I would do against MSU, stay home on shooters, make Winston beat guys one on one.

    Also, the fact that teams in conference are shooting 25% on 3s against MSU might show good defense, but it’s probably also a little luck (and the fact that they played PSU). MSU is actually 12th in defensive 3pt rate in conference. MSU could obviously win in Lincoln, but it’d be impressive and I wouldn’t chalk it up as a probable outcome.

  2. umhoops

    Nebraska’s inability to defensive rebound would be my biggest worry about them having a chance in that one. Didn’t mean to imply that they had no chance either, game is in Lincoln. Just think being terrible on the defensive glass is a bad problem to have vs. MSU.

  3. ReegsShannon

    Yeah, it’s a weird game since Nebraska has a lot of things they can bring to the table against MSU (switch screens to force isos, spread pick and roll to attack MSU’s slow-footed bigs), but they are probably gonna give up a 50 ORB%. It’s crazy how no one on Nebraska is an adequate rebounder.

  4. UMHoopsFan

    Yeah, defensive rebounding will probably be a problem for Nebraska, but Nebraska does some other good things to at least potentially get some things out of the match-up. Maybe I misinterpreted the pod, it just seemed like a Nebraska win was seen as being a fair amount more unlikely than the toss-up kenpom and barttorvik think it is.

  5. umhoops

    It is also a huge spot for Nebraska. After this game, Huskers have @Rutgers, OSU, Wisconsin, @Illinois, Maryland.

    Could play themselves back into the picture in the top half of the league.

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