Last week was an up and down one for the Big Ten, but many of the top teams in the conference got to display their skills. For this preview, the games do not seem to great on paper, but there is a lot riding on some of these matchups. Ohio State is looking to rebound after a bad loss, Maryland is looking to get back on track after almost a horrific loss, and Penn State is also trying to rebound. Nebraska will also be playing tonight, but they have been on a roll against weaker teams early in the season.
Below is a preview of each Big Ten matchup for tonight.
Game of the Night: Louisiana Tech at Ohio State Buckeyes (8:00 PM ET| BTN)
This is by far the game of the night because Ohio State needs to put their last game in the rearview mirror. They are coming off a loss to U-T Arlington, yes that school you probably have not heard of. The Buckeyes lost on their homecourt, and the Buckeyes honestly did not play too bad on offense, but they could not stop anyone on defense. Ohio State clearly has a few problems they have to solve before they play two much tougher teams in the next few games. The Buckeyes play Memphis on Nov. 27, and Virginia on Dec. 1.
The Buckeyes need to get back on a track against an undefeated Louisiana Tech team tonight before they start thinking about the future.
- Maryland Terrapins vs Illinois State (8:30 PM ET| CBSSN)
Maryland escaped a scare in their last game against Rider by almost losing to a far weaker opponent. Maryland struggled from deep against Rider by shooting 22.7 percent, but the team was lead by Diamond Stone in the second half who recorded 12 points on 6-7 shooting. The Terrapins have certainly not looked like the third best team in the country, but nobody has really looked that good early in the season.
Maybe the Terrapins will start to find their rhythm a little bit against Illinois State.
- St. John's at Indiana Hoosiers (2:00 PM ET| ESPN2)
The Indiana Hoosiers are coming off a tough loss against Wake Forest. The team was upset in the first round of the Maui Invitational, which was disappointing because they were expected to make some noise during the tournament. Their star senior Yogi Ferrell scored a season-low 11 points, which could be a reason the team lost. Freshmen Thomas Bryant did play extremely well, which was a good sign.
Look for Indiana to play very angrily today after a bad loss.
- Northwestern Wildcats vs Missouri (7:30 PM ET| ESPN3)
Northwestern suffered their first loss of the season to North Carolina at the CBE Hall f Fame Classic. They played quite well and even though they are without Vic Law, the team still looked like they have what it takes to turn some heads this season. Tre Demps played great against North Carolina by posting 21 points, but freshmen Aaron Falzon struggled to find his shot.
If Falzon can find his shot tonight, and Bryant McIntosh, who shot 3-15 from the field, then the Wildcats should roll over a much weaker Missouri team.
- Arkansas Pine-Bluff at Nebraska Cornhuskers (8:00 PM ET| BTN Plus)
The freshmen played extremely well in the Cornhuskers last contest against Southeast Louisiana in the Barclays Center Classic. Glynn Watson Jr. lead the team in scoring by putting up 14 points, Ed Morrow Jr. added 11, as did Michael Jacobson. Andrew White III and Shavon Shields did not even play that well and the team still almost won by 30. Southeast Louisiana is not very strong, and Arkansas Pine-Bluff is not very strong as well, so it will be hard to tell if the team is making any progress.
The Cornhuskers had a chance to show that they improved against nationally ranked Villanova earlier this season, but they did not show up to play. It will still take a little time to see if Nebraska has improved from last season, and we might not see how good they are until their matchup with undefeated Cincinnati on Nov.27.
- Radford at Penn State Nittany Lions (6:00 PM ET | BTN)
Penn State started off the season 2-0, but in their last game the team got dismantled by Duquesne, who could not miss. Duquesne hit 17 threes and shot 50 percent from deep, so there really was not much Penn State could do. The Nittany Lions also did not shoot very well in their last game because they had to catch up for a majority of the game; the Penn State shot 29.7 percent from the field as a team.
Radford will be no walkover for Penn State, seeing that the team beat Georgetown earlier in the year. So hopefully Penn State can find their footing against Radford.