Make it three? After notching victories over Iowa and on the road against the Gophers, Northwestern is in the midst of its best stretch of the season heading into another winnable game Saturday vs. Penn State (2 p.m., ESPNU). The Wildcats have hit 24 three-pointers in the past two games. Can the hot shooting continue vs. the defensive-minded Nittany Lions?
Wake up Russell: In the past two games, Ohio State freshman phenomenon D'Angelo Russell has shot only 30.7 percent from the floor, getting away from his usual efficiency (46.6 percent on the season). The Buckeyes are hoping that he picks up the pace as they visit Michigan (noon Sunday, Ch. 4) trying to rebound from last weekend's loss at Michigan State.
Mean and green: Michigan State is looking more and more like its usual threatening self, but finishing strong won't be easy. A bout at Illinois (6:30 p.m. Sunday, BTN) kicks off a stretch of three tough road games (along with Wisconsin and Indiana) to close, and the Spartans will want to win at least one to strengthen their 18th consecutive NCAA tournament bid.