Game of the Night: Eastern Michigan at Michigan
Eastern Michigan had just one player score in double figures, but that didn't stop it from upsetting Michigan 45-42 on Tuesday night at the Crisler Center. It was the second straight home defeat for the Wolverines against a non-conference opponent. Unlike its loss to NJIT over the weekend, the problem for Michigan wasn't defense this time around. Rather, the team had trouble finding the bottom of the net. John Beilein's squad shot just 4-for-21 from beyond the arc and 33 percent overall. To make matters worse, the Wolverines grabbed only two of their own misses compared to nine offensive rebounds for Eastern. Zak Irvin and Caris LeVert had 10 points each but combined to go 7-for-24 from the field, including Irvin's desperation three-point attempt with time expiring. Jordan Price hit three treys and scored 11 points off the bench for the Eagles.
Villanova vs. Illinois
This game was closer than the final score would indicate, but Villanova was able to pull away from Illinois thanks to great post play from Daniel Ochefu. The junior forward scored 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting and also blocked four shots to lead the Wildcats to a 73-59 victory over the Illini at Madison Square Garden. Sophomore swingman Malcolm Hill has been solid all season long, but he looked like an emerging star in this game with 20 points to lead all scorers. Unfortunately, the breakout performance was not enough to keep up with a potent Villanova offense that shot 54 percent from the floor. Dylan Ennis, a junior guard and brother of former Syracuse star Tyler, led the Wildcats in scoring with 18 points on just 10 field goal attempts.
Indiana vs. Louisville
The second half of the Jimmy V Classic in New York City didn't fare too much better for the Big Ten than the first. Louisville used its size and athleticism to overwhelm Indiana and stay undefeated with a 94-74 win. Sophomore Terry Rozier scored a career high 26 points thanks to 5-for-8 three-point shooting, and he was one of three Cardinals to score more than 20. Montrezl Harrell dominated the paint with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Chris Jones filled up the boxscore with 24 points, nine rebounds, and five assists. James Blackmon Jr. led the Hoosiers with 18 points to continue his outstanding freshman season, but it just wasn't enough on a night when Indiana turned the ball over 19 times and allowed Louisville to grab a ridiculous 26 offensive rebounds.
New Hampshire at Rutgers
The Scarlet Knights were dangerously close to losing at home for the third time this season, but Myles Mack came through in the clutch. With the score tied at 52-52 with under three minutes remaining, the senior guard hit two free throws and later completed a three-point play to ensure that Rutgers come away with a 60-56 win. Mack ended up with 20 points and seven rebounds on a night when no other Rutgers player scored in double figures. Kadeem Jack had 10 boards and four blocks, but he also turned the ball over seven times.
Alcorn State at Iowa
The 400th ever victory for Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena didn't come with too much difficulty. The Hawkeyes took a 35-20 lead into the half and cruised by Alcorn State to a 67-44 win. Aaron White needed just five field goal attempts to lead all scorers with 15 points, while Gabriel Olaseni recorded a double-double off the bench with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The night would have gone even more smoothly for the home squad if they did shoot 3-for-19 from three-point range, but the Braves of Alcorn State were even worse, going 0-for-8 from beyond the arc. Iowa senior guard Josh Oglesby is now 0-for-12 from the field with zero total points in his last three games.