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Game Day Open Thread - Wisconsin Badgers

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Go State!
Penn State 14-14 (6-10) Wisconsin Badgers 24-4 (14-2)

Call me crazy, but I have a good feeling about tonight. Things are very upbeat in State College. We're on a two game winning streak and I like what I'm hearing from the Penn State players.

"The confidence is very high right now," Cornley said. "We've won our last four games at home but we're walking into a good situation to go ahead and close out these next two games against two good teams.

"I think we're capable of winning and I think the team believes that we can win."

Meanwhile, Purdue was upset by Ohio State last night effectively laying out the red carpet for Wisconsin to cruise to a number one seed in the Big Ten tournament. This has Badger Nation a bit overconfident.

There's not much good to say about Penn State basketball these days: they don't win much, and their only win of note this year came at home against Michigan State, a team that's known to become Mr. Hyde when it leaves East Lansing (that is, if Mr. Hyde was 5'2", 97 pounds). Penn State has lost to Michigan, Iowa, and twice to Minnesota. You may remember them from such games as Wisconsin 80, Penn State 55 -- and that was a road victory for the Badgers.

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While the Badgers do have to play forty good minutes tonight, this game should not be a source of major discomfort...Let's call it Wisconsin 70, Penn State 60, and hope that it's not even that close.

Uh, does anyone care to remember Illinois in 2006? Nobody gave Penn State a chance against the Illini who were ranked #6 in the country and riding a bagillion game home winning streak. The Nittany Lions went into Champaign with nothing to lose and came out with a win. Let's hope that can happen again tonight.

The game will be televised at 9 PM on the Big Ten Network. I'm traveling this week so I'm going to try to find a bar to watch the game. Have at it in the open thread.

Go State! Beat Wisconsin!