This is the last week of the Big Ten regular season, and there is a lot on the line during this last week of games. The two games that are being played tonight will be between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Indiana Hoosiers, and Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Purdue Boilermakers. Three of the teams in action tonight are nationally ranked, and the game between Indiana and Iowa is going be a treat seeing that Indiana is 13-3 during conference play (No. 1 in the Big Ten) and Iowa is 12-4 (No. 2 in the Big Ten). Purdue is 10-6 in Big Ten play, but they are coming off a huge win on Saturday against the Maryland Terrapins.
Below are previews for each game tonight, starting with the game of the night that will feature two teams atop the Big Ten standings.
Game of the Night: No. 18 Indiana Hoosiers vs. No. 8 Iowa Hawkeyes (9:00 PM ET| ESPN)
This is big showdown between Indiana and Iowa will be a rematch. Indiana defeated Iowa earlier in the season and now the Hawkeyes are going to try and get revenge on their home floor. Indiana defeated Iowa in their game earlier in the season with a balanced scoring attack. Four players in Indiana's starting lineup were in double-figures and the team played pretty good defense against the Hawkeyes.
The key for this game is going to be whether or not another player on the Hawkeyes can step up other than Jarrod Uthoff. Peter Jok has had a pretty good season and he was good in their last game against Indiana, but other players like Anthony Clemmons and Adam Woodbury must step up to try and keep up with the high scoring Hoosiers.
This is going to be a very entertaining game because players like Uthoff and Yogi Ferrell are terrific on the offensive end, and because these are two of the best teams in the Big Ten. It could end up being a shootout in Iowa, which would be entertaining for fans of both teams.
- No. 20 Purdue Boilermakers vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers (8:00 PM ET| BTN)
Purdue is coming off a huge win over Maryland, while Nebraska is coming off a very bad loss to the Penn State Nittany Lions. Not much has gone right for Nebraska this season and their problems could be on display against a far better Purdue team. Purdue has a terrific frontcourt and watch for A.J. Hammons, Caleb Swanigan, and Isaac Haas to dominate against the Huskers.
Nebraska will have trouble trying to stop Purdue on the offensive end and since they do not have much of a frontcourt presence, the Huskers might struggle to score as well. Purdue should roll over the Huskers in this game, unless they can somehow stop Purdue's frontcourt and have Andrew White III and Jack McVeigh play out of their minds. This will be Nebraska's senior night, but the game will still be a tough game for Nebraska.
Watch for Purdue to show why they are one of the best teams in the Big Ten during this contest.