Injuries have had a big impact on the Big Ten this year. From Wisconsin losing a game to Rutgers while playing without Frank Kaminsky to Michigan being forced to play the remainder of the season without Caris LeVert, we've seen both triumphs and failures from hurt teams so far.
On Tuesday, Indiana took on the rival Boilermakers without big man Hanner Mosquera-Perea, while Penn State looked to build on its first Big Ten win despite playing without Brandon Taylor against Minnesota. Let's see what happened.
Game of the night: Indiana at Purdue
The pleasantly surprising conference campaign for Purdue continues! After dropping three straight heading into Big Ten play at the end of December, the Boilers have now rolled off their second straight win over a ranked opponent to move their league record to 5-3. The Hoosiers are used to overwhelming their opponents with offense, but instead it was Purdue who seemed to be playing with a hot hand all night. The Boilers went 23-for-32 from inside the arc while taking advantage of a smaller Indiana team.
Without Mosquera-Perea to provide interior size, Indiana was dominated by A.J. Hammons, who went 4-for-4 from the field and blocked a whopping eight shots. The rest of the Boilers pressured James Blackmon Jr. into some bad shots, as the freshman shot just 4-for-13. Yogi Ferrell led everyone with 21 points, but it wasn't enough to overcome a poor shooting night forced by the Purdue defense. After being shredded by D'Angelo Russell and Ohio State on Sunday, Indiana has now surrendered more than 80 points in two straight games.
Tom Crean will look to get his team back on track against Rutgers on Saturday, while Purdue heads to Evanston in search of a third straight triumph.
Minnesota at Penn State
Although both teams struggled with turnovers in this game, it was Penn State who got the last laugh. The Lions stole the ball from Minnesota on two key possessions in the final minute to come away with a 63-58 victory. It was Penn State's second straight Big Ten win after starting conference play with six straight losses. Pat Chambers' team got this one despite a poor shooting night from star guard D.J. Newbill. He went 4-for-15 from the field and scored just 12 points, but Newbill also managed to hand out five assists and grab 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.
Those boards were readily available thanks to a surprisingly stingy Nittany Lion defense. Even though Minnesota's Andre Hollins scored a game-high 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting, as a team the Gophers shot just 39 percent from the floor. Donovon Jack and Jordan Dickerson helped in that regard by combining to block seven Minnesota attempts. With Taylor nursing a leg injury, the Lions were boosted by three triples and a career-high nine points from Payton Banks.