Saturday’s Big Ten slate featured three teams: Penn State, Indiana and Nebraska. Two of the three teams came away with wins. How did it all go down? Let’s take a look:
Game of the Night:
-Duke 78, Penn State 68
Duke had early injuries to Grayson Allen and Chase Jeters, which allowed Penn State to keep the game close in the first half. Duke lead 36-24 at the half. Freshman guard Tony Carr had 20 points on 8 of 19 shooting for Penn State. Garner, Stevens and Banks also scored in double figures, which accounted for four of Penn State’s starting five. However, Duke was crafty in taking extra passes before shooting, which lost Penn State on defense. Penn State is young, but Tony Carr is quietly becoming a great freshman for Pat Chambers and the Nittany Lions.
-Indiana 87, Liberty 48
39 is the number of points Indiana defeated Liberty by last night. Indiana held Liberty to 30% shooting and 18.5% shooting from three. Liberty only made 5 of 14 free throws, which may have helped them a little bit. James Blackmon Jr. led the way for the Hoosiers with 20 points. Only Anunoby, Blackmon and Johnson made it in to double figures, but because Indiana’s defense held, they didn’t need as much scoring on the offensive side. This was an easier game after two tricky ones for the Hoosiers to start the season.
-Nebraska 65, Louisiana Tech 54
The Huskers had a hard time putting away a hungry Louisiana Tech team, but they were able to hold on for a double-digit win. Tai Webster led the Huskers in scoring, rebounds, and assists with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. However, coring is starting to become an issue for the Huskers without the presence of Andrew White. Sophomore forward Jack McVeigh and Tai Webster combined for 44 of the 65 points and were the only players in double figures on the team.