The holiday tournament action continued on Friday with some great games across the entire conference. While Iowa and Michigan State had marquee matchups, it was Maryland’s game against Richmond that proved to be the more entertaining battle.
Here’s a look at what happened on Friday.
Game of the Day:
-Maryland 88, Richmond 82 (OT)
Over the last few seasons, Maryland has made its paycheck on close wins. Well, that continued on Friday night as the Terps found a way to come out on top of a back-and-forth affairs against the Spiders thanks to a great push in overtime.
The big player of the day was Melo Trimble, who finished with 31 points, four rebounds, and an assist. He has scored at least 20 points in five of Maryland’s six games this season and would have done it in every game if he had played any significant minutes against St. Mary’s (MD). Freshmen Anthony Cowan and Justin Jackson also had great outing as they combined for 34 points and 12 rebounds.
-Florida State 72, Illinois 61
The wheels have officially come off for Illinois. After suffering a shocking upset loss against Winthrop on Monday night, fans were hoping things would get back on track with a trip to New York. Unfortunately, things only got worse as Illinois lost by 32 points to West Virginia on Thursday and double-digits to Florida State on Friday. Both opponents were quality teams, but if Illinois can’t stop the bleeding against North Carolina State and VCU next week, this thing could get ugly. And fast.
-Virginia 74, Iowa 41
Many fans were shocked by this score, but don’t be fooled. Virginia is one of the best defensive teams in the nation and this final had a lot more to do with the Cavaliers than it did with the Hawkeyes. Virginia has kept every opponent this season under 52 points and its last four opponents under 42 points. Iowa was just the latest victim. The team will look to rebound against Memphis on Saturday.
-Michigan State 77, Wichita State 72
After a rough start to the season, Michigan State desperately needed to find a win on Friday afternoon against a tricky Wichita State team. The Spartans ultimately did just that and came out on top of the Shockers. It wasn’t pretty, but big performances from Miles Bridges and Eron Harris pushed Michigan State to victory. The team’s reward? A trip to Durham to face a top five Duke team on the road next week.
-Minnesota 57, Southern Illinois 45
The Gophers continued to roll with an easy win over Southern Illinois. Although Minnesota was a substantial favorite entering this game, Southern Illinois could very well finish in the top 150 or 175, which could actually add a slight bump for the team’s RPI heading into the postseason. Minnesota is now 6-0 and will head on the road to face Florida State next week.
-UCLA 82, Nebraska 71
Nebraska may have pulled off a major upset against Dayton on Thursday night, but the team got no such luck against UCLA on Friday. The Bruins were simply too good for a young Husker team. Glynn Watson and Tai Webster both had great games with a combined 54 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists, but nobody else really showed up. Nebraska will now look to add resume wins against Virginia Tech and Clemson over the next week.
-Northwestern 86, Bryant 66
There’s not much to take away from this win. Northwestern faced a team outside the top 300 on KenPom on Friday and came away with a 20-point win. Northwestern will get a chance to add a nice win over Wake Forest next Monday.
-Ohio State 111, Marshall 70
For the first time this season, Ohio State legitimately impressed. With a respectable Marshall team coming to town, this game looked like a sleeper upset pick on paper. However, Ohio State came out firing, shot really well (34.5 percent) from three-point range, and got big performances from Marc Loving and Jae’Sean Tate. If Ohio State can show up well against a great Virginia on Wednesday, it would show a lot about where this team is heading this season.
-Rutgers 77, Hartford 75
The Scarlet Knights still haven’t recorded a win over a top 150 opponent, but for the first time in 40 years, Rutgers started its season at 6-0. Although there’s still a long way to go before Rutgers can be considered a legitimate threat in the Big Ten, it’s hard not to feel good about where this program is heading. A road trip to Miami (FL) on Wednesday will tell a lot about just how far Rutgers has come since last year.