The Big Ten only had three teams in action on Sunday, but all three games were pretty notable matchups with a few against teams ranked in the top 25. It was an exciting day and got the Big Ten two key wins.
Let's take a look at the action.
Game of the Night: Iowa 84, No. 20 Wichita State 61
The Hawkeyes capitalized on a team effort by dismantling a depleted Shockers squad to finish seventh out of eighth in the 2015 Advocare Invitational.
Iowa benefited from four players scoring in double figures, including senior Jarrod Uthoff leading all scorers with 22 while also tallying seven rebounds, five blocks and two steals. The 6'9 forward has served as a Swiss army knife for head coach Fran McCaffery throughout his collegiate career and played a vital role in delivering the 100th Hawkeye victory for McCaffery.
Uhoff got it going quickly for the Hawkeyes with 13 first half points. Perhaps the best facet of the day for the Hawkeyes was never letting Wichita State get into a grove, as the defensive pressure was intense throughout all forty minutes. Iowa led 40-21 after 20 minutes and would have been 40-18 if it weren't for a half court buzzer beater.
Wichita State never led in this game and were without star point guard Fred VanVleet and big man Anton Grady. The absence of one of the most important point guards in college basketball was noticeable, as the Shockers struggled to get into their offense early on.
The second half was much more competitive - Wichita State scored 40 points to Iowa's 44 - but the first half for the Hawkeyes built a comfortable lead able to withstand a strong second half for the Shockers.
Senior center Adam Woodbury tallied 15 points and seven rebounds while senior guard Mike Gesell almost notched a double-double with 14 points, nine assists and five rebounds. The fourth Hawkeye to eclipse double digits in the scoring column is junior guard Peter Jok, who poured in 12 points and six rebounds in only 19 minutes.
The Hawkeyes return to action on Wednesday, December 2 at 9:15 p.m. as they host Florida State in the annual Acc/Big Ten Challenge.
- Michigan State Spartans 77, Providence 64
In the battle of the two walking triple-doubles, it was Denzel Valentine's Michigan State Spartans who prevailed to win the 2015 DIRECTV Wooden Legacy in a very well-played, back and forth game. Valentine himself may not have had an overly impressive night shooting - 5-of-14 -- but finished with a solid stat line of 17 points, six rebounds, five assists and only one turnover.
With Valentine getting into foul trouble early in the first half, Spartans head coach Tom Izzo may have found himself a Robin to Valentine's Batman. Former Cleveland State guard Bryn Forbes stepped up beautifully pouring in 18 points. Providence big man Ben Bentil had his way in the post in the first half, but was limited late in the game due to Deyonta Davis' length and activity. Davis finished with an impressive 12 points and six rebounds off the bench.
Former West Virginia guard Eron Harris may have stepped out of his funk with an impressive outing tallying 12 points, three rebounds, three assists and one steal. The Spartans improve to 7-0 and will play host to Louisville on Wednesday, December 2 at 7:15 p.m. as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
-Oklahoma 65, Wisconsin Badgers 48
The Badgers fell victim to the momentum carried over from the Sooner football team's victory over Oklahoma State Saturday night, as the Sooner basketball program was never seriously threatened by Bo Ryan's Badgers. Wisconsin seems to be in a bit of an identity crisis when it comes to finding out how they want to generate offense from junior forward Nigel Hayes. Coach Ryan and his staff have been utilizing Hayes as a small forward, but the majority of his productivity came in scoring and distributing on the low block. Unfortunately for the Badger faithful, Hayes' 20 point and 11 rebound outing wasn't enough to top Oklahoma forward Ryan Spangler's 20 point and 14 rebound game.
The other struggle for the Badgers is figuring out who will be the third scorer, but the second scorer - Bronson Koenig - failed to get going against the perimeter oriented Sooners. Koenig finished with nine points on 3-of-18 shooting. The thin Badgers only accounted for five bench points - all of them from freshman Khalil Iverson. Wisconsin's 23.5% field goal percentage buried their chances of any second half comeback. Wisconsin's season continues with a tilt at Syracuse for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday, December 2 at 7:15 p.m..