Iowa has been hot, and Wisconsin has struggled with injuries lately, so you'd figure that Tuesday night's marquee matchup would be a close one. That turned out not to be the case as the Badgers laid waste to the Hawkeyes while being ultra efficient and turning the ball over just one time. At least we got some drama out of the other two Big Ten matchups.
Game of the night:
Iowa at Wisconsin
Wisconsin led 35-17 at the break and then rolled off 47 points in the second half to win 82-50. It was the sort of convincing blowout that made you remember why the Badgers were considered such an elite team heading into November. Bronson Koenig did a good job filling in for Traevon Jackson with 13 points and three triples, but it was Frank Kaminsky who led the Badgers in assists with six. The big man also hauled in 11 rebounds and scored 13 points while Wisconsin held Aaron White and Adam Woodbury to just eight points combined. Sam Dekker led all scorers with 17.
Minnesota at Nebraska
Andre Hollins had another sweet game with 21 points and 11 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to overcome a strong Nebraska defensive effort. Even though Minnesota shot 31 percent from the floor, committed 16 turnovers, and only had one player score more than five points, the team still had a chance to equalize in the final moments. However, Hollins, Carlos Morris, and DeAndre Mathieu all missed three-pointers on the Gophers' final possession to wrap up a 52-49 win for Nebraska.
As you can imagine, this game wasn't very pretty for the Huskers, either. They shot 41 percent from the field, lost the ball 15 times, and didn't score a field goal in the final eight minutes. Good free throw shooting down the stretch and great defense are what saved Nebraska on this night. Shavon Shields led the way with 15 points.
Michigan at Rutgers
The recent Caris LeVert injury as well as some foul trouble caused the Wolverines to play some very strange lineups in Piscataway, but they still managed to defeat Rutgers 54-50. Like the game in Lincoln, this one wasn't a work of art, but that's just fine for Michigan, who is now 5-2 in the conference and clinging to NCAA Tournament hopes. Derrick Walton led his team in scoring with 12 points despite going 2-for-8 from the field, and the Wolverines shot horribly outside of a 14-2 run that helped them turn a 40-34 deficit with eight minutes left into a 48-42 lead when Max Bielfeldt saw this three-pointer drop in five minutes later.
This was a rough game for Rutgers, who had a chance to earn a surprising third Big Ten win over a weakened Michigan team. Myles Mack had 15 points and eight rebounds, but his team matched Michigan in terms of shooting futility and the Wolverines' late run put them on top for good.