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This week in Big Ten basketball: Michigan tries to right the ship against two quality opponents

The Wolverines look to get right against rivals in men’s basketball.

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Adam Childs Adam is a freelance writer for MaizeNBrew and is a lifelong Michigan fan.

The Michigan Wolverines get back on the court this afternoon in a Martin Luther King Day matinee. They will be looking to snap a five-game losing streak when they host rival Ohio State.

The Wolverines have been a mess over the last month, as they haven’t won since beating Eastern Michigan back on Dec. 16. Since that win, they have lost in double overtime to Florida, been upset by McNeese State, and blown second-half leads to Minnesota, Penn State and Maryland. In the games against the Nittany Lions and Terrapins, they led by double-digits at the half and couldn’t hold the lead.

The Wolverines will also be at Crisler on Thursday when they take on an Illinois team that is coming off a shocking home loss to Maryland.

Thankfully, both games are at home, so that means Dug McDaniel will be available since he is not participating in road games for the time being (another big mystery this season).

Rest of the Big Ten

Michigan and Ohio State is one of only two games on Monday. Iowa heads to the Barn to take on Minnesota, as the Hawkeyes look to win a third straight game. The Golden Gophers will be looking to bounce back from a loss to Indiana.

Tuesday also sees two games on the docket, with it being highlighted by a huge rivalry game — Purdue against Indiana. The Boilermakers are looking to avoid a second straight loss after being shocked by Nebraska last week.

Wednesday will see Nebraska go to Rutgers, and Maryland take on Nebraska. Thursday is the Michigan and Illinois game, while Minnesota heads to the Breslin Center to take on Michigan State.

We also get a Friday night game, with Indiana heading to Wisconsin. The Hoosiers are looking to prove they can win on the road, while the Badgers aim to prove they belong at the top of the Big Ten.

Saturday gives us three games, as Penn State heads to Ohio State, Purdue invades Iowa, and Northwestern travels to Nebraska.

The Big Ten wraps up the week on Sunday with Michigan State heading to Maryland, and Rutgers going to Illinois.

As you can see, college basketball is in full swing, with plenty of Big Ten action to cover over the next few months.