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. Champions

    I think most would agree that UM and MSU are the class of the Big Ten no matter how you want to look at it. But, power ranking the other teams is difficult due to scheduling. UM’s six wins have come against teams with a combined won-loss record of 7-21 in league play. Take away those teams losses to UM/MSU and they would be 7-12. MSU is undefeated against teams that are 10-23, take away loses to the top two and it is 10-14. Eight of UM/MSU 12 games were against the bottom 5 teams (which may be one of the reasons those teams are at the bottom). Meanwhile, Purdue is 3-2 with their only loses coming against UM/MSU. Maryland, on the other hand, is 6-1 with 4 home games and no games against the two best teams in the league. I think it is going to take a couple more weeks to find out just who the best of the rest really is.

  4. umhoops

    Maryland won at Minnesota and lost by a possession at Purdue. That is a strong data point. I agree that a couple other teams might catch them…

    Nebraska looks like a team that’ll make a run coming up here.

  5. umhoops

    Yeah, well I will admit that I didn’t think Michigan would be this good before the year. Just explaining my logic behind the preseason pick.

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