The Michigan Wolverines will host the No. 3 ranked Maryland Terrapins, the Wisconsin Badgers will travel to face the Northwestern Wildcats, and the Nebraska Cornhuskers will host the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Tuesday night. Each game is very intriguing in their own way; we will see if Michigan can upset Maryland, we will see if the Northwestern Wildcats can get a statement win at home over Wisconsin, and we will see who might be the worst team in the Big Ten not named the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
Below is a preview for each Big Ten contest.
Game of the Night: No. 3 Maryland Terrapins vs. Michigan Wolverines (9:00 PM ET| ESPN)
So, the Wolverines did not show up to play at all in their last big game against the Purdue Boilermakers and Maryland escaped with a win over Wisconsin due to a late Melo Trimble three in their most recent game. The Wolverines were without Caris LeVert in their most recent loss, and he probably won't be back against Maryland, which might raise some obvious concerns for this Michigan team. Maryland has not lost a game since since Dec. 2, but they have not looked great during Big Ten play.
Watch for Diamond Stone and Melo Trimble to try and dominate in this contest over Michigan, particularly Stone who has been pretty good as of late. With no LeVert, it might be tough for Michigan to pull off the upset, but the team is 8-1 at home, so there might be a chance.
- Wisconsin Badgers vs. Northwestern Wildcats (7:00 PM ET| BTN)
This game is going to be a big opportunity for Northwestern to show whether or not they can win meaningful Big Ten games. They have not had any huge wins this season, and a win over Wisconsin might not seem too big on paper, but it would really boost the confidence of these Wildcats. Bryant McIntosh has been sensational for the Wildcats all season and he is going to need to have a big game again if they Wildcats want to get a much needed statement win over the Badgers.
- Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers (7:00 PM ET| BTN)
Nebraska got back on track in their last game with a blowout victory over Rutgers, while Minnesota is still in search for their first Big Ten win of the season. Neither team has really looked great all season, which is why this game is important for both teams. It is clear to see that both Minnesota and Nebraska are near the bottom of the Big Ten, this is why both teams are going to give it all they got. Rutgers is clearly the worst team in the Big Ten, but the second worst team in the Big Ten has not been determined yet. Nebraska is 7-4 at home this season and playing at the Pinnacle Bank Arena is never an easy task, which should certainly help the Cornhuskers.
Watch for Andrew White III and Shavon Shields to takeover this game from the get-go because they will be the two best players on the court by far.