The Big Ten regular season came to end on Sunday with all three road teams crashing the senior day parties. Wisconsin kept alive their chance for a 1 seed in the NCAA tournament with a 24 point victory at Ohio State, Maryland's win keeps high hopes for a 2 seed, and D.J Newbill showed how clutch he can be at the buzzer.
Wisconsin 72 at Ohio State 48
The Badgers of Wisconsin continue to show the country just how great this team really is, having already clinched the Big Ten regular season title, the Badgers wanted to head into the conference tournament with some momentum. Wisconsin put together two great halves of basketball and boosted their resume for a chance at a number 1 seed with a blowout victory at Ohio State on Sunday. Led as always by the big man Frank Kaminsky who scored 20 points and pulled in 5 rebounds.
The Badgers pulled out to a 37 to 23 halftime lead but the lead was cut down to single digits when the Buckeyes went on a 9-2 run with just over 13 minutes left in the game. Wisconsin answered Ohio State's run with an 18-2 run of their own, that started with back to back Bronson Koenig three pointers. D'Angelo Russell was the Buckeyes leading scorer with 17 points but shot only 1-7 from deep.
With the loss today Ohio State finishes with an 11-7 conference record that lands them the () seed and will play the winner of Rutgers and Minnesota on Thursday in Chicago. Wisconsin finishes 16-2 and receives the number one seed in the conference. They will receive a double bye and will be off until next Friday.
Penn State 81 at Minnesota 78
D.J Newbill is the top scoring player in the Big Ten for a reason, and Sunday afternoon showed exactly why he has been such a scoring machine. Joey King for Minnesota split a pair of free throws to tie the game at 78 with just 14 seconds left, but the senior Newbill stole the show as he dribbled the ball up the court as the clock ticked down, D.J stepped up and knocked down a three pointer at the buzzer. Newbill's three gave him a game high 31 points, shooting 50 percent from the field and making 5 threes in the game. This win is only the second in the last twelve for the Nittany Lions on the road in Minnesota. With today's loss the Gophers fell from the 10 seed to the 11 seed, which causes them to lose their first round bye in the Big Ten tournament that starts later this week, and will now play Rutgers. Penn State will challenge Nebraska.
Maryland 64 at Nebraska 61
Maryland came into Nebraska knowing they had the 2 seed locked up for the conference tournament, but the Terrapins have the 2 seed in the NCAA tournament on their mind. Maryland was able to stay in consideration for a 2 seed after picking up a win against the Cornhuskers. Melo Trimble continued his outstanding freshman season scoring 21 points. Maryland trailed by 6 with 16 minutes remaining in the game but used a 10-0 run to get back ahead. The Cornhuskers fought hard till the end and had a chance with a three to tie the game in the final seconds but came up short, moving their losing streak to 8 games. Maryland will take on the either Indiana or Northwestern on Thursday, and Nebraska will face Penn State.