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B1G Saturday Recap: Muddying the Waters Even More

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IU beat OSU, Michigan pulls it together, Maryland looks pedestrian and Purdue looks worse. How are we ever going to sort out the Power Rankings?

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday was a game filled with action around the conference and severed to make the conference race even more interesting.  Let's take a look at what happened.

Game of the Day: Minnesota @ Michigan

Michigan needed a late run to pull it off, but they improved to 3-1 in conference with a 62-57 win over Minnesota. After a tight first half, the Gophers pulled out to 9-point lead with 8 minutes to go. Then, Michigan went on a 22-8 run to end the game, thanks in part to a switch to a zone on defense that caused Minnesota's offense to go completely stagnant down the stretch. Minnesota is now 0-4 in B1G play, despite having led in second half of 3 of the games.

Minnesota committed 17 turnovers in the game, including 4 steals by Michigan's Caris LeVert. LeVert and Derrick Walton Jr. also led the Wolverines with 15 points a piece. For the Gophers, Andre Hollins led the way with 18, while Carlos Morris added 16. Next, Michigan travels to Ohio State on Tuesday, while Minnesota host Iowa.

#22 Ohio State @ Indiana

The Hoosiers didn't score nearly as well as they normally do, instead it was a strong defensive effort that enabled IU to come away with a 69-66 victory and put themselves back in the conversation of the top teams in the league. Ohio State kept it close throughout the game and had a chance at the end, but their last lead was halfway through the first half. Troy Williams had an excellent game for Indiana, scoring 15 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. James Blackmon Jr. outplayed fellow freshman D'Angelo Russell, scoring 18 to Russell's 13 and shooting a higher percentage. Shannon Scott led OSU with 16 points. IU welcomes Penn State to Assembly Hall Tuesday, and the Buckeyes get rival Michigan at home.

#11 Maryland @ Purdue

The Terps bounced back from their loss at Illinois to grab a 69-60 win in West Lafayette. In a game highlighted by confusing calls and a tech on each coach, Maryland used strong defense and good foul shooting to grind out a win and improve to 3-1 in their inaugural B1G campaign. 7-footers Isaac Haas and A.J. Hammons struggled to score throughout and fell victim to foul trouble midway through the second half. Kendall Stephens led the Boilermakers with 14 and 7 boards, while Jake Layman had 14 and 8 for Maryland. Dez Wells added 13 for the Terps as well. Purdue travels to Penn State next Saturday, while Maryland gets fellow B1G newcomer Rutgers on Wednesday.