Game of the Night
There's no denying that the Terrapins had quite a bit of fun in this one. Maryland was firing on all cylinders for all 40 minutes, and there was essentially nothing the Buckeyes could do to stop it. The Terrapins made 62.7% of their field goal attempts and knocked down 52.4% of them from behind the three point line. In addition, the Terps had 23 assists on 37 made buckets. Not only were they doing a great job scoring, but they were also doing a great job of distributing the rock and finding open looks. The Buckeyes struggled, hitting just 37.3% of their shots from the field and 25.0% from deep. Though Ohio State pulled down more offensive boards and committed fewer turnovers than Maryland, they simply had no way of stopping the high-powered Terrapin offense.
Maryland was led by Robert Carter with 25 points and 5 rebounds. The senior knocked down 10 of his 13 field goal attempts and also made all 4 tries from behind the arc. Rasheed Sulaimon also had a spectacular game for Maryland, hitting 9-10 from the field and 4-5 from deep to score 22 points on the day. Diamond Stone had 15 points while Jake Layman scored 10. On Saturday afternoon, 14 players saw court time for the Terps. They improve to 5-1 in Big Ten play and rebound from a loss earlier in the week. They'll host Northwestern on Tuesday.
Ohio State struggled on both ends of the floor Saturday, but did get a pretty decent contribution from Keita Bates-Diop. The sophomore scored 15 points to go along with 5 rebounds. Jae'Sean Tate and Trevor Thompson also made it into double figures as they scored 12 and 10 respectively. Marc Loving really struggled to get anything going for the Buckeyes. He had 3 points on just 1 of 8 shooting from the field. Ohio State falls to 0-2 in Big Ten play after getting crushed by the Terrapins. They'll take on Purdue on the road this coming up Thursday.
Indiana Hoosiers 70, Minnesota Gophers 63
The Hoosiers were able to escape Minneapolis with a win after a tough battle on Saturday afternoon. Indiana has now won 10 straight and is beginning to assert itself as one of the best teams in the conference. The Hoosiers were led by Yogi Ferrell with 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists. Nick Zeisloft had a nice game with 15 points. Minnesota was led by Joey King with 18. The Gophers fall to 0-6 in conference play. They've now lost 8 of their last 9 games. Minnesota plays Michigan on the road on Wednesday. Indiana hosts Illinois on Tuesday.
Nebraska walked into the State Farm Center and lit up the Illini with their shooting. The Cornhuskers hit 53.6% of their field goals including 46.2% from three. The Illini shot just 39.0% and 29.7% in those two categories. Nebraska was led by Andrew White III with 21 points and 13 rebounds on the day. Illinois' Malcolm Hill had 17 points and 7 assists, but no one else could get anything going for the Illini. Illinois falls to 1-4 in the conference and will play at Indiana on Tuesday. Nebraska improves to 3-3 and will travel to play Michigan State on Wednesday.
Penn State went into Evanston and shocked the Wildcats on Saturday night. The Nittany Lions shot 43.2% from the floor and 42.9% from three point range. The Wildcats struggled immensely; they were just 38.8% and 11.5% in those two categories. Despite turning the ball over just 4 times, the Wildcats could get nothing going on the offensive end of the floor. Brandon Taylor led Penn State on Saturday night with 19 points and 7 boards. Northwestern's Tre Demps led all scores with 22. The Wildcats fall to 3-3 in the conference while the Nittany Lions improve to 2-4.