Game of the Night: Indiana 50 - Michigan St. 70
The Spartans bounced back from a Big Ten Conference opening loss to the Maryland Terrapins last week with a big win over the Hoosiers. Though Indiana came into this contest with red hot shooting and a win in Lincoln to open up the conference play, they came up flat against Michigan St. Indiana averages 85.2 points per game, but was only able to put up 50 on the Spartans who allowed the Hoosiers to shoot a mere 28% from the floor. Freshman phenom James Blackmon Jr struggled mightily from the floor by shooting just 1-14 on the night.
Meanwhile, the Spartans got a solid win that they direly needed to get back on track in the Big Ten conference. A crucial win over Indiana prevented the Spartans from losing two consecutive games to start the conference play. Michigan St. shot 46% from the field and out-rebounded Indiana 50-28. Branden Dawson certainly made his presence felt once more with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Recovering from an early season injury, he will be the key to the Spartans' success in the Big Ten. Denzel Valentine scored a team-high 15 points and Gavin Schilling scored 10 and pulled down 9 rebounds.
The Rest: Iowa 70 - Nebraska 59
The Hakweyes got passed the Cornhuskers to win their second straight game in Big Ten Conference play. Iowa recorded an impressive win last week on the road against Ohio St. and continued their success this week against a struggling Nebraska team that now has six losses on the year. Though Sam Shields led all scores for Nebraska with 25 points, he had little help from his teammates, and Iowa was able to prevail over their opponent. Nebraska knocked on the door a couple times in the second half, but an Iowa team led by Aaron White with 23 points fought back everytime Nebraska made a run. The Hawkeyes made a defining statement by starting 2-0 in the Big Ten, while the Cornhuskers will need some serious help if they want to go dancing come March.