In less than one month Selection Sunday will be taking place, and teams from all around the country will have dreams come true, while others will have theirs crushed. With just a little more than a handful of regular season games remaining in the Big Ten, this is when it is time to get hot. On Sunday Wisconsin, Purdue, and Indiana all came out with convincing wins to better their-self for March, Iowa took a huge step back.
Game of the Day: Iowa at Northwestern
The Hawkeyes had the opportunity to pick up a rare road win in the Big Ten on Sunday afternoon, when they traveled to the conference's worst team Northwestern, losers of ten straight games, and hadn't won in the 2015 year. That all changed Sunday, in one of the crazier games of the season.
Northwestern was able to pick up their first win of the year behind the play of Bryant McIntosh, who led the Wildcats with 18 points, as they defeated Iowa 66-61 in overtime. In a game where it seemed like Northwestern was going to win in regulation easily by sinking their foul shots under the last minute, but instead turned into the Jared Uthoff show. Jared was able to make a three pointer with 12 seconds left to bring the Hawkeyes within one, after two Wildcat free throws Jared was back at it again knocking down a contested three with only 3 seconds left to tie the game at 54 and force overtime. Northwestern however was able to go on a 7-0 run in overtime and upset Iowa. Uthoff ended the game with 25 points. For Iowa, this isn't how they planned on preparing for the conference tournament, after a long season below their full potential.
Illinois at Wisconsin
Wisconsin was able to pick up their conference leading 11th win, and to give this year's Badger's team the best start in program history (23-2). Wisconsin defeated Illinois 68-49 with the astounding play of Frank Kaminsky, who finished the game with 23 points and 11 rebounds. The Illini had the opportunity to pick up one of the best road victories of the season after starting the game off hot, but got cold missing 7 of their last 8 shots in the first half that led to a Badger 20-4 run right before the half.
Nebraska at Purdue
The Purdue Boilermakers continued playing hot at home on Sunday, defeating Nebraska 66-54 in Mackey Arena. After a slow start the Boilermakers were able to put a few baskets together and pull away from the cornhuskers in the second half. Vince Edwards scored 15, and Kendall Stephens connected on 4 threes to give Purdue their 9th conference win, tying them with Maryland for second in the Big Ten.
Minnesota at Indiana
Indiana did not let the cold night around the Midwest affect their shooting performance, as the Hoosiers set a program record with 18 made three pointers to help seal a 90-71 victory over Minnesota. Six of the eighteen threes came from freshman James Blackmon who was 9-14 and finished with a game high 24 points. Six different Hoosiers participated in setting the school's new record of most made three pointers in a game, as Indiana shot 18-32, good enough for 56 percent. Jordan Fuchs played his first minutes of the season, only picking up a foul. Fuchs is a tight end on the Indiana football team.