Off to a rough start on Wednesday, the Big Ten Tournament's second day certainly didn't disappoint. The day featured an overtime game, two upsets and four games decided by a total of 19 points. And the top teams, those with double byes, haven't even taken the court yet.
Game of the Day: Michigan Wolverines 72, Northwestern Wildcats 70 (OT)
Northwestern's not quite there, even though this season demonstrated that Collins has the program on its way. The overtime loss to Michigan is proof.
Michigan led by nine at halftime (34-25), and looked in control. Northwestern stormed back, largely bolstered by its three leading scorers. Tre Demps, who played all 45 minutes, scored 21; Alex Olah finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds; Bryan McIntosh had 19 points. (No other Northwestern player had more than six points.)
Northwestern dominated in the paint, outscoring Michigan 24-10. Two of those 24 points came when Olah snagged an offensive rebound and buried a falling over jumper in the lane to tie the score and send the game to overtime.
Zak Irvin buried a very late jumper from the free throw line extended to give Michigan the two-point lead in overtime. Irvin scored 19 points, but Duncan Robinson led Michigan with 21 points (4-of-6 from three).
The Wolverines keep their NCAA tournament hopes alive with the win; they move on to play the Big Ten Tournament's number one seed, Indiana.
Jalen Coleman-Lands led the Fighting Illini with 17 points (5-for-10 from beyond the arc). Kendrick Nunn also had 16 points, five rebounds and four assists, while Maverick Morgan chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds.
Something's a little off with Iowa. They're solidly in the NCAA tournament, but are reeling a bit. (Iowa has lost five of its last six games.) Against Illinois, Jarrod Uthoff scored 21 and Peter Jok had 29 on a blistering 10-for-16 from the floor.
Mike Gesell, Adam Woodbury and Anthony Clemens, the rest of Iowa's starting lineup, though were 2-for-20 from the field (scoring a total of five points).
Illinois continues its Big Ten Tournament run today against Purdue.
The Buckeyes, led by Lyle and Loving, really benefited from attacking the rim, particularly in the second half. Ohio State shot 39 free throws and had Penn State in the bonus pretty early in the second half.
Like Michigan, the Buckeyes kept their NCAA tournament dreams alive and play Michigan State, perhaps the Big Ten's hottest team, this evening.
Shavon Shields, who didn't play the last time these two teams met, had 20 points and seven rebounds. Andrew White also played extremely well in the second half, hitting number of big shots. (He scored 10 points in all.)
Wisconsin shot just 30 percent from the field and didn't get anything from its bench (just two points). Bronson Koenig (11 points) and Nigel Hayes (10 points) combined to shoot 5-for-26. Vitto Brown played well (scored 13 of Wisconsin's 21 first half points), and Ethan Happ was perhaps the most consistent Badger performer. The freshman finished with 17 points and seven rebounds.
Nebraska plays on after the upset and meets Maryland tonight.