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Northwestern Wildcats vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Basketball Preview

Today, sirs, is Leap Day. It takes 365.25 days for the Earth to make a full rotation of the sun, however, we like sorting things into nice fun numbers, like days. So once every four years, we have to, like, just, randomly throw a day in there. Why February 29? Nobody knows. I guess we felt bad for February having the least amount of days.

My point is, Leap Day is an anomaly. Things happen on this day in this year that shouldn't normally happen, for example, the mere existence of a 29th day of February. For example, Ja Rule was born on Leap Day.

Another thing that doesn't happen in most typical years is Northwestern making the NCAA Tournament, or beat Ohio State. It's Leap Day. Let's leap the Buckeyes. If not for me, for Ja Rule.

Since we last met: It's been a while, hasn't it? Northwestern and OSU met in the first game of the conference season, and the Buckeyes promptly stomped the Wildcats, winning by 33. OSU only has one bad loss - a road loss to Illinois. Other than that, everybody they've lost to - that's five games - has been ranked. They've lost three of their last five, which almost guarantees they will win tonight. (They haven't lost back-to-back games in two seasons.)

Are they good?: I think they're the best team in the conference. So there's that.

What are they good at?: Virtually everything defensively, also, having Jared Sullinger.

Plan for defending Jared Sullinger: Chloroform, referees.

Can NU win?: To be honest, I believe so. Northwestern isn't the better team. But the atmosphere will be raucous, it will be senior day, and Northwestern will hopefully choose to not. shoot. the ball. until there is no time on the clock every possession and play some serious 1-3-1.

I suppose I have extremely little to say, and almost no jokes. Sorry about that, but, deal with it, guys. The excitement is murderous. Let's do this.

In closing. remember how many things are supposed to be replaced: