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Saturday Picks

Big Ten games: 8-5-1
Northwestern games: 7-1

Penn State at Iowa (+3.5), Noon, BTN

To borrow a line from sportswriter Warren Brown, I really don't see how either team can win this game. Both come in at 0-4 in the Big Ten. I actually considered picking Iowa briefly, but Penn State has been competitive in 3 of their 4 conference losses while Iowa has been competitive for one half (the first half vs Purdue) in their 4 conference losses. Hopefully Talor Battle can regain his form.

Pick: Penn State

Illinois at Michigan State (-11.5), 2:30, CBS

Both teams come in at 4-0 in Big Ten play, but the bookies aren't sold on Illinois to say the least. Clearly Michigan State is a better team and is playing at home, but 11.5 is a lot to give. Illinois should at least be able to keep this one close.

Pick: Illinois

Wisconsin at Ohio State (-5), 7, BTN

Despite the injury to Jon Leuer and the return of Evan Turner, I'm not picking against Bo Ryan especially getting 5 points. Wisconsin will probably really take the air out of the ball and keep it close by executing in the half court.

Pick: Wisconsin