The holiday tournament action continued on Tuesday night with some great games across the entire conference. While Northwestern and Wisconsin had the marquee matchups, it was actually a shocker in Indiana that got the headlines.
Here’s a look at what happened on Tuesday.
Game of the Day:
-Wisconsin 73, Georgetown 57
A close game at the half, this one did not live up to my imposed hype, mostly because Georgetown refused to do any amount of rebounding. Seriously. The Badgers out rebounded the Hoyas 50-21, including a 20-1 margin on offensive rebounds.
I honestly have no idea how you beat a team while beating completely over-worked on the glass like that. Ethan Happ busted out again for 19 points and 15 boards. This is EXACTLY what Greg Gard needs from him. A great all-around win for Wisconsin.
-Fort Wayne 71, Indiana 68
Well, we didn’t see this one coming. The Fort Wayne Mastodons, who were ranked #133 by KenPom and who have beaten only Kenyon and UMass Lowell so far this season, took a 10-point lead on the #3 team in the nation into the second half, only to let it slip away as Indiana forced overtime.
In the extra frame, exactly two 3-pointers were made in total, with a plethora of missed free throws, as Fort Wayne came away with the win. The fans rushed the court and gave Indiana one of its worst losses of the last few seasons.
-Maryland 77, Stony Brook 63
Stony Brook beat the spread, but that was about it against the Terrapins. Melo Trimble led all scorers with 21 points to go with 3 steals.
-Minnesota 85, Arkansas 71
Minnesota continued its impressive start by absolutely scorching the Razorbacks at home on Tuesday night. Six players were in double-figures for the Golden Gophers, who shook off a rusty start to explode for 33 points in the last 11 minutes of the first half. Amir Coffey was once again brilliant, while Nate Mason scored 13 points and dished out 7 dimes. I am suddenly ridiculously excited to watch Minnesota challenge the top teams in the Big Ten in the coming months.
-Notre Dame 70, Northwestern 66
Our game of the week, though not my game of the day (we can’t all be perfect), lived up to the hype. The Irish, led by Matt Farrell, enjoyed a 10-point in the second half before Northwestern battled back, thanks to Scottie Lindsey’s 18 points on 8 shots. Lindsey, a junior, has pleasantly emerged in this young season so far as the third scoring option behind Vic Law and Bryant McIntosh.
On that note, McIntosh was bad tonight, shooting just 3-18 from the field goal, though he briefly redeemed himself when an off-balance jumper rimmed home with 41 seconds left to put the Wildcats up 66-65. And it looked like Northwestern might win the game and improve to 4-1 but a really poor inbounds play allowed Notre Dame to steal an errant tipped pass which eventually wound up with Matt Farrell’s circus And-1 to put the Irish up for good.
It’s a bitter pill for Chris Collins to swallow. The team has really been improved to start the season and could have enjoyed a high-quality victory. Alas, they must move on and look to rebound as the non-conference season progresses.
-Purdue 85, Utah State 64
Okay, I was wrong in some of my assessment. The Aggies didn’t put up a fight at all. This one was never in doubt. Isaac Haas had 26, Dakota Mathis put in 25, and the Boilermakers advanced to play the 4-0 Auburn Tigers tomorrow night.