We’ll chalk Sunday up as schedulers not wanting to compete with the NFL, I suppose. The Indiana Hoosiers, Wisconsin Badgers, and Nebraska Cornhuskers were all in action, but if you missed the games due to travel for the holiday weekend, or because you were watching literally anything else on television, no one can blame you.
Game of the Night:
-Virginia Tech Hokies 66, Nebraska 53
This game is being given the game of the night honors because it was the closest margin of the the three. Tai Webster tried to keep the Cornhuskers competitive in this one, getting to the free throw line 12 times and scoring 23 points. Ed Morrow chipped in 13 as well, but there was little productivity to be found elsewhere on the floor for Nebraska.
The team shot just 4-of-21 from beyond the arc and under 30-percent as a team overall. Zach LeDay led the Hokies off the bench with 19 points.
The Wooden Legacy proved unfruitful for Nebraska as it went 0-2 on the weekend, dropping to 4-2 on the season and now have to go on the road to face Clemson this week.
-Indiana 85, Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils 52
The Hoosiers had a nice bounce back after the loss earlier in the week to Fort Wayne. James Blackmon Jr. did not play due to a knee injury. He did still dress and warm up. He was held out as a precaution and because Tom Crean couldn’t just come out and say, “Mississippi Valley State is really not a good basketball team and we don’t need to be even close to full strength to beat them.”
OG Anunoby appears to have recovered from his illness as he scored a game-high 21 points.
The Delta Devils are now 0-8 and apparently it was evident by the team’s warm-ups that the team’s season has been a struggle. Tweets were coming in that everyone on the team stopped shooting for a couple of minutes because literally no one could make a shot. In warm-ups.
Indiana is now 4-1 and has a showdown with North Carolina this week.
-Wisconsin 95, Prairie View A&M Panthers 50
Same song, second verse with this one. Wisconsin had six players score in double figures, including two bench players. Nigel Hayes led the way with 17.
The Panthers jumped out to an early 8-3 lead, but that was the only excitement that this game produced.
The Badgers have a big week this week as they host both Syracuse and Oklahoma. Hopefully the Badgers’ offense from this one carries throughout the week.
Thankfully, lackluster offerings like Sunday will quickly come to an end as we are already halfway through the non-conference schedule.
Monday gives us the start of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge as Minnesota and Northwestern are both in action.