Game of the Night
#3 Maryland Terrapins 63, Wisconsin Badgers 60
The Maryland Terrapins got a last second three pointer by Melo Trimble to take down the Badgers in Madison on Saturday afternoon. Trimble led all scores with 21 points and proved yet again why he's one of the best players in the conference and even the nation. Wisconsin moves to 1-3 in the conference after losing to Maryland. The Badgers have two straight close losses after they fell 58-59 to Indiana earlier in the week. The Terrapins get a great road win to move to 4-0 in the Big Ten; they're proving they have a chance to win the league this year.
The Badgers looked to be in trouble when they found themselves down 60-52 with 1:28 left in the game. A driving lay-in by Zak Showalter made it a 6 point deficit, and then the senior made a three pointer after Robert Carter Jr. missed the front end of a 1 and 1. Ethan Happ fouled Rasheed Sulaimon with 41 seconds to play, and Sulaimon missed a pair from the line, giving Wisconsin a chance to tie the game. With 23 second remaining, Koenig buried a triple, and the game was knotted up 60-60. But with just under 2 seconds remaining, Melo Trimble stepped up and buried a three right before the buzzer. It would end up being the game winner for the Terrapins.
Maryland's road win over Wisconsin is huge, as the Kohl Center is undoubtedly one of the toughest venues to play at in college basketball. The game winner by Trimble gave the sophomore 21 points on the night. Robert Carter Jr. had a double-double for the Terps with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Diamond Stone had 11 points. Maryland will have a tough road matchup against Michigan on Tuesday.
Wisconsin got great contributions from its juniors: Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig. Nigel Hayes had 17 points and 3 rebounds on the day. Bronson Koenig had 13 points with 3 three pointers, but none was bigger than the one that tied the game with 20 seconds to go. Ethan Happ had a double-double for the Badgers with 16 points and 11 rebounds. They'll go play at Northwestern this Tuesday.
Northwestern Wildcats 77, Minnesota Gophers 52
The Wildcats went into Minnesota and got an easy victory over the struggling Gophers on Saturday afternoon. Northwestern shot an incredible 56% from the floor and was firing on all cylinders. Aaron Falzon led the way for the Wildcats with 20 points; Tre Demps and Joey Van Zegeren also made it into double figures with 13 and 11 respectively. The Wildcats got a much-needed win after losing their last two to Maryland and Ohio State. Minnesota, on the other hand, has struggled immensely as it's now lost its last 5 games. The Gophers are now 0-4 in conference play, and it's only going to get tougher. They were led by Nate Mason on Saturday with 13 points and 6 assists.
The Cornhuskers pounded the Scarlet Knights on Saturday evening behind 28 points from Andrew White III. The junior also had 9 rebounds and drilled 5 three pointers. Nebraska shot 57% from the field and outrebounded Rutgers 43-25. In addition to White, the Cornhuskers had 3 players score in double figures: Glynn Watson Jr. (12), Shavon Shields (11), and Ed Morrow Jr. (10). Rutgers had 22 points from Mike Williams, but couldn't get much going beyond that. The Scarlet Knights fall to 0-4 in conference play.