Three Big Ten games were in action on Sunday, including three of four teams improving their resumes with wins, and Michigan possibly losing their way out of a fighting chance to earn an At-Large bid.
Game of the Day
Maryland @ Iowa
Iowa did not waste anytime messing around on Sunday against Maryland, as the Hawkeyes opened the game on a 22-3 run that was finalized with a 71-55 blowout win for Iowa, and a third straight road loss for Maryland. Aaron White was able to find his groove once again, after suffering from a shoulder injury in mid-late January, which kept his minutes limited. White led Iowa in scoring with 17 points on 5-11 shooting and 7-10 from the charity stripe. Iowa's big man Adam Woodbury and guard Peter Jok both had career highs against the Terrapins, Adam scored 16 points, shooting 5-6, and also grabbed 5 rebounds, and Peter shot 6-8, three in which came from deep, giving him 15 points on the night.
Maryland was held to only 17 points in the first half, after shooting a lousy 26 percent, which caused them to be down a game high 23 points at halftime. Freshman star Melo Trimble led all players with a game high 20 points, but was not enough for the Terrapins who could possibly be sliding down a slippery slope with tough games remaining against Indiana and Wisconsin.
As for Iowa, not that they are looking ahead, but they have the potential to be riding a hot streak into the conference tourney as well as the NCAA tournament. The Hawkeyes currently do not play any more ranked teams, with traveling to Indiana as their toughest opponent.
The most talked about play came from Adam Woodbury in the first half, and unfortunately for him, it did not involve a highlight from his career high in points. Woodbury was called for a flagrant foul after poking Melo Trimble in the eye, as Melo drove towards the basket. This is Woodbury's third time poking an opposing player in the eye, after getting Nigel Hayes and Frank Kaminsky in the eye last month.
Michigan @ Indiana
The Hoosiers all but physically popped Michigan's bubble Sunday in their 70-67 victory in Bloomington. Troy Williams took over of the game, scoring 20 points and controlled 8 rebounds. Yogi Ferrell added 18 points and James Blackmon rejoined the lineup after missing the last game against Wisconsin, and scored 13 points. Zak Irvin had 23 points for the injured Wolverine team who will need a long run inside the conference tournament to have any shot of making the NCAA tournament.
Ohio State @ Rutgers
The Buckeyes handed Rutgers a 19 point home loss, behind D'Angelo Russell's triple double that included, 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. Ohio State has now won 4 of their last 5 games, bouncing back from the road loss at Purdue this past Wednesday. Bishop Daniels had a season high for Rutgers with 17 points but wasn't enough alone to rally the Scarlet Knights in the second half after being down 18 at halftime. The Buckeyes host Penn State next, before traveling to the state of Michigan for two road games.