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Plus: Joe Thomas needs more flamethrowers; huge dual for Wisconsin wrestling this weekend; volleyball looks to clinch the conference title

2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Wrestling Championship Photo by Justin K. Aller/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

Good morning! This is going to be a daily(ish) post that discusses the goings on of the rest of the Big Ten Conference, and the country as needed. Much like the European Union, the Big Ten is a loosely confederated group of entities that sometimes have the same goals (like free movement of people between countries or not winning national titles in football or basketball) and sometimes accept new members that they later regret (Estonia or Rutgers).

We hope that you will use this post to comment on things happening around the conference and also as a sort of daily open thread to discuss breaking news or argue about Spotted Cow.

  • Hopefully you aren’t too hungover (drink or food related tbqh) from Thanksgiving and are prepared for a full day of college football. Rivalry Week got started in earnest on Thursday night with Egg Bowl craziness and I can’t wait to see what the rest of this weekend has in store for us.
  • Joe Thomas is America’s fun uncle.
  • Let’s go get our God damned Axe back on Saturday, huh?
  • The Badgers will be heading south for Thanksgiving next season and, quite frankly, I’m not emotionally read to talk about another holiday basketball tournament.
  • The Badgers are in the Bahamas and are ready to win the University’s first holiday basketball game.
  • A rare Saturday/Sunday series for the men’s hockey team this weekend. Last year’s series with Michigan at the Kohl Center was not one to miss.
  • Badgers are in Nashville for the weekend. Here’s what you need to know.

B1G basketball scoreboard from these last two days (losses in bold because we are here to laugh at misfortune):

Michigan 83 - Iowa State 76
No. 3 Michigan State 75 - UCLA 62
Penn State 72 - Ole Miss 74
Nebraska 74 - USF 67
Northwestern 59 - Pitt 72
No. 5 Maryland 76 - Temple 69
Michigan 73 - No. 6 UNC 64
Iowa 72 - No. 12 Texas Tech 61