Game of the Night
Minnesota Gophers 68, Indiana Hoosiers 74
Indiana managed to get its 8th win of Big Ten play on Saturday after taking down Minnesota in Bloomington. The Gophers have yet to get their first win in conference play, and that didn't change against Indiana. Incredibly, doth teams struggled immensely from behind the three point range. Both the Hoosiers and the Gophers shot just 2-18 (11.1%) from three point range. Indiana got the edge at the free throw line; the Hoosiers knocked down 20-26 attempts and were able to edge Minnesota down the stretch. The Gophers only gave the ball away 4 times, but bad shooting helped Indiana prevail.
Indiana's Thomas Bryant was a huge reason that the Gophers were able to take down Minnesota on Saturday. He scored 23 points on 11 of 13 shooting and also managed to grab 8 rebounds. Also scoring in double digits for the Hoosiers were Troy Williams and Yogi Ferrell with 13 apiece. Despite double-digit scoring, Yogi Ferrell was not his usual self; the veteran went just 2-9 from the floor against the Gophers. Indiana's next matchup will be on the road against Michigan on Tuesday.
Minnesota's struggles continued yet again, as it was unable to pick up its first win in Big Ten play. Kevin Dorsey and Nate Mason led the Gophers in scoring with 21 apiece, but outside of that, there wasn't much offense from Minnesota. Joey King didn't score, going 0 of 4 from the floor; Dupree McBrayer went just 3-12 from the floor for 8 points. It's been nothing but frustration for Minnesota this season. They'll try to get that first conference win when they travel to Evanston to take on Northwestern on Thursday.
Michigan picked up its 7th win in Big Ten play on Saturday as it was able to sneak past Penn State. The Nittany Lions fall to just 2-7 in conference play as they lose their third straight. Zak Irvin led the way for Michigan with 20 points on 7 of 12 shooting. Also in double figures were Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, Derrick Walton Jr, and Mark Donnal with 15, 13, and 10 respectively. Brandon Taylor had 24 points, and Shep Garner added 22, but it wasn;t enough for Penn State. They'll take on Iowa this Wednesday while the Wolverines will host Indiana on Tuesday.
Purdue managed to take down Nebraska in pretty convincing fashion on Saturday afternoon. The Boilermakers shot 58.9% from the floor and controlled the boards 38-22. Leading the way for Purdue was big man A.J. Hammons who dropped 32 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Rapheal Davis also played well for the Boilermakers, scoring 17 points and pulling down 6 rebounds. Nebraska failed to get much going defensively, allowing the Boilermakers to pretty much control this game. Andrew White led the way with 18 points. Purdue's next matchup will be on the road against Maryland on Saturday; Nebraksa will host Maryland this Wednesday.