Last week's Game of the Week (Iowa at Minnesota) largely lived up to the hype and scored the Gophers a marquee win as they round the corner for Selection Sunday. A game that did not appear on last week's list (Michigan at Purdue) led to a buzzer beater in overtime and helped Michigan clinch a share of the Big Ten title last week. We are now in the final week of conference play (so sad), but we still have some great games left. Let's look at the final Big Ten Game of the Week:
Game Of The Week:
Iowa at Michigan State: The Game of the Week will take place on Thursday between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Michigan State Spartans. Both teams have recently dropped off a bit from where most thought and both need a big win in the final week of conference play. MSU is also still alive in the conference title race (will be eliminated if Michigan wins at Illinois on Tuesday), so this game has some important Big Ten implications. This will be the rematch of an overtime thriller in Iowa City just a few weeks ago. For Iowa, they are fighting desperately to snag that last Big Ten Tournament bye and resurrect some of their NCAA seeding. MSU needs to play better after losing to both Michigan and Illinois. This is Iowa's 4th appearance in the Game of the Week this season and MSU's 4th appearance this season. This is also the second appearance of this matchup this season, matching MSU-Michigan for most this season.
Michigan State at Ohio State: This game has many of the same storlyines as the Iowa-MSU matchup. Both teams have slid from where many predicted them to be this season and they need to score a big win in their season finale. For the Buckeyes, a win here might launch them into that 4th Big Ten Tournament seed and get them back on track for a solid NCAA seed. The first matchup was won by MSU in overtime.
Wisconsin at Nebraska: Arguably, the most important game for the Big Ten's NCAA chances this week will be Wisconsin at Nebraska. If the Cornhuskers can score a win over red hot Wisconsin (7 game win streak), they could move on the right side of the bubble. Nebraska probably still needs another win or two outside of this game, but there's no doubt this is their biggest opportunity remaining.