On a Saturday afternoon, the Big Ten was packed with games. Michigan State faced Indiana, Rutgers was looking for its first conference win against Nebraska, Penn State went on the road to play Purdue, and Wisconsin played a visit to the barn. Who won and what happened?
Let’s take a look:
Big Ten Game of the Day
#17 Wisconsin 78, Minnesota 76 (OT)
Well this game didn’t disappoint. The Badgers played a visit to the barn and the Gophers matched up well, causing problems all over the court for both teams. Ethan Happ lead the Badgers with 28 points on 11-19 shooting in the paint and 6-9 from the line. Amir Coffey had another great performance, leading the Gophers with 19 points on 8-14 shooting and 3-4 from beyond the arc. Minnesota had trouble with their bigs matching up in the front court against Ethan Happ. Minnesota’s starting center Reggie Lynch fouled out in just 20 minutes of play.
Minnesota had a 34-32 lead over the Badgers at the half, but all it took was for Wisconsin to score two more points than Minnesota in regulation and two more than Minnesota again in overtime to win.
Purdue 77, Penn State 52
This might shock you, but Caleb Swanigan had another double-double in this game. He finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 steal in 29 minutes. He did this all while only committing one foul. He was no match for any Penn State player in the paint. Swanigan lead all Purdue scorers. Carsen Edwards added 13, Dakota Mathias ans Vice Edwards added 10 each in the win.
Penn State didn’t shoot the ball well. Josh Reaves was the only player to finish in double-figures with 12 points. Tony Carr had 6 points on 2-11 shooting and Shep Garner was 3-9 with 6 points. Payton Banks added 9 points off the bench, but he fouled out in 24 minutes of play.
Rutgers 65, Nebraska 64
Two words. Corey Sanders.
Cool way for Rutgers to get its first conference win of the season! Corey Sanders' late put-back wins it! Much better w/Titanic music! pic.twitter.com/kpycoqqmjb— Titanic Hoops (@TitanicHoops) January 21, 2017
Michigan 66, Illinois 57
It was close, but Michigan took care of Illinois. D.J. Wilson scored 19 points in route to the Wolverines’ win. Zak Irvin and Derrick Walton Jr. also helped tally the W by scoring 15 and 13 points respectively.
For the Illini, Malcolm Hill was the only bright spot, scoring 16 points. No other starter had more than six points. The Illini had a difficult time shooting the ball and finding their shot.
Indiana 82, Michigan State 75
Indiana almost blew their 44-30 halftime lead, but they were able to keep away. With OG Anunoby out for the remainder of the season, Indiana lost a lot of scoring and has minimal depth at the forward position. So far, James Blackmon Jr. has put the team on his back and scored 33 points in the win.
Eron Harris lead Michigan State with 21 points. Nick Ward added 15 and Miles Bridges added 13 in the loss. This game was a must-win for both teams, and Indiana was able to protect their home court.