As the first weekend of the college basketball season came to an end, nine out of the 14 Big Ten teams were in action Sunday night and almost every one of them won in convincing fashion.
Lets take a look at all of the Big Ten basketball action from Sunday.
Game Of The Night
-Illinois Fighting Illini 77, Tennessee Martin Skyhawks 74
Illinois (2-0) was taken down to the wire against UT-Martin (0-2) as the Skyhawks had a chance to send the game to overtime on the final possession.
The Illini led by 15 with four minutes remaining in the game. However, UT-Martin rode the performance of Delfincko Bogan- who scored 23 points to lead his team- and an 18-6 run to climb back and get within one possession in the final minute.
With 0.9 remaining, Matthew Butler sent a prayer from just inside half court that didn't reach the basket, sealing the win for Illinois.
Leron Black had a career night for Illinois as he led his team with 25 points and snagged 8 rebounds. Freshman star Mark Smith scored in double digits for the first time in his career as he added in 13 points.
The Fighting Illini will not return to the basketball court until Friday Nov 17 when they host in-state foe Depaul.
UT- Martin will play their next game Wednesday night where they will host 2017 NCAA Tournament team North Carolina Central in their home opener.
-Rutgers Scarlet Knights 71, Central Connecticut State Blue Devils 67
After only leading by one at the half, Rutgers (2-0) used an 11-0 run in the middle of the second half to survive a scare by CCSU (0-2) and improve to 2-0 on the young season.
The Scarlet Knights rode the performances of three players who finished in double digit scoring. Deshawn Freeman finished with 11 points, Eugene Omoruyi with 13, and Mike Williams who came off of the bench to score a game high 23 points. Freeman and Omoruyi each finished just three rebounds shy of double-doubles as well.
Rutgers struggled to hit shots going just 35% from the field and 27% from behind the arc.
The Blue Devils led 10-2 out of the gate and shot 52% from the field early. An 8-0 run with 12 minutes remaining in the game gave them the lead at 46-44 before Rutgers went on their 11-0 run to put the game away. Forward Tyler Kohl led CCSU with 22 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. Mustafa Jones also chipped in 14 points in 6 rebounds.
The Scarlet Knights return to action this Tuesday night at home against Cleveland State.
The Blue Devils will also return to action Tuesday night as they travel to St. Johns out of the Big East Conference.
The Ohio State Buckeyes improved to 2-0 on the season after a 10 point victory over Radford (1-1).
After leading by 10 at the half, Ohio State began the final 20 minutes with a 17-1 run to open the gates on the game and lead 57-35. The Highlanders finished the game on a 13-2 run of their own to bring the deficit down to a respectable 10 points.
Ohio State's Kieta Bates-Diop and Ja'Sean Tate each recorded a double-double in the game. Bates-Diop completed his second consecutive double-double to open the season as he finished the game with a team highs 22 points and 11 boards while Tate finished the game with 13 points and 10 rebounds. C.J. Jackson also chipped in 19 points of his own.
The Highlanders finished the game with four players who finished in double digit scoring figures, led by a team high 19 points from Carlik Jones.
Ohio State will not return to action until next Thursday Nov. 16 when they host Texas Southern.
Redford returns to the court on Wednesday as they travel to East Carolina.
The Iowa Hawkeyes improved to 2-0 on the season with a 34 point victory against Alabama State (0-2) out of the SWAC.
The only time that Iowa trailed in the game was when they were down 5-3 in the early moments on Sunday night's contest.
Five Hawkeyes scored in double figures as Center Luka Garza led the way with a double -double (11 points, 13 rebounds). Cordell Pemsl scored a team high 15 points and Isaiah Moss, Maisie Dailey, and Tyler Cook each chipped in 12, 11, and 10 points respectively.
Reginald Gee scored a team high 15 points for Alabama State State.
Iowa returns to action on Thursday when they host Grambling State at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Hornets will travel to South Dakota State for their next game on Tuesday.
-#20 Purdue Boilermakers 111, Chicago State Cougars 42
The Purdue Boilermakers (2-0) scored over 100 points for the second straight game to start this season, making it the first time since 1974 that they have achieved that feat.
Four out of Purdue's five starters scored in double figures in the game. Carson Edwards led the team with 25 points. Dakota Mathias added in 18. PJ Thompson added 16 and Vincent Edwards record a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
The Boilermakers opened the floodgates on the Cougars by going on a 35-3 run that started towards the end of the first half and continued into the start of the second half.
In Contrast to Purdue's starting lineup scoring, Chicago State (0-2) did not have a single player score in double figures with Glen Burns's 7 points being a team high. The Boilermakers defense was relentless Sunday night as they forced 14 Chicago State turnovers and only gave up three field goals in the second half.
Purdue's next game takes place this Tuesday at Marquette as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games.
Chicago State will have their home opener this Tuesday against Silver Lake.
In a much anticipated basketball season in Happy Valley, the Penn State Nittany Lions won by 24 against Fairleigh Dickinson to improve to 2-0 on the season.
Penn State led 18-17 midway through the first half. They went on to have a 25-9 run where Tony Carr scored 11 points to take control of the game.
Carr continued his hot start to season by following up his career opening night with 20 points as he added four rebounds and seven assists as well. He finished the game going a perfect 9-9 from the field.
The Nittany Lions had four other plays to score in double figures including: Josh Reaves with 17, Mike Watkins with 15, and Lamar Stevens and Nazeer Bostick who each scored 12.
The Knights failed to keep control the ball Sunday night as they turned over the ball 31 times- 18 of them being steals by Penn State- the most steals a Nittany Lions team has had in a game since November of 2011.
Penn State will be back on the court Wednesday night in a home game against Montana.
Fairleigh Dickinson will also return to play on Wednesday night as they host FDU-Florham in their home opener.
-Maryland Terrapins 96, Maryland Eastern-Shore Hawks 43
The Maryland Terrapins took care of business in their home opener against Maryland Eastern-Shore to improve to 2-0 on the season.
Anthony Cowan led the way for the Terrapins, finishing one rebound shy of a double-double at 16 points and nine boards. Dion Wiley added in 15. Darryl Morsell scored 12 and Kevin Huerter added 10 as Maryland shot 61% from the field Sunday evening.
In a tight first half, the Terrapins used runs of 12-0 and 15-0 to extend their lead to double digits and the game never was close from then on.
Maryland will play Butler Wednesday night at home as they take part in the Gavitt Tipoff Games.
Maryland Eastern Shore will be back in action Wednesday night as they travel to the A-10's St. Bonaventure.
-Wisconsin Badgers 89, Yale Bulldogs 61
The Wisconsin Badgers (2-0) were surgical in their 28 point victory over Yale (0-2), who is no slouch of a mid major being one of the favorites to win the Ivy League this season.
The Badgers used the size of their roster to force 26 fouls from the Bulldogs in the game and then converting on 20 of their 26 free-throws.
Just as Purdue accomplished in their game Sunday, the Badgers had four starters who finished in double digits as well. Wisconsin was led by Khalil Iverson. Iverson, did not score or even take a shot in Wisconsin's opener Saturday but came back and scored a team high 17 points on 8-9 shooting Sunday.
Ethan Happ recorded his second consecutive double-double to begin the year by scoring 12 and grabbing 11 boards and D'mitrik Trice added in 14 points.
Yale was led by forward Blake Reynolds who had a team high 14 points and grabbed six rebounds.
In one of the college basketball season's best non-conference games, Wisconsin will host #17 Xavier Thursday night.
Yale will host South Carolina State Tuesday night for their home opener.
-Indiana Hoosiers 86, Howard Bison 77
Indiana (1-1) picked up a much needed first win-and a much needed first win for Archie Miller- after getting embarrassed on opening night Friday against Indiana State.
It was a game dominated by Indiana freshman. Al Durham Jr. and Justin Smith were two major bright spots to an Indiana team took a step forward offensively Sunday night. Durham came off the bench and scored 16 points while Smith recorded his first career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
In the win, the Hoosiers depth took a hit when Juwan Morgan rolled his ankle coming down after a shot. Morgan left the game and did not return as he sat on the bench icing his ankle throughout the rest of the contest.
The final score was less of an indication of how much better Indiana was on offense. the Hoosiers did a great job getting to the free-throw line but only converted on 12 of their 29 attempts.
The Hoosiers will travel to #23 Seton Hall on Wednesday night in part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games.
Howard (0-2) returns to action Tuesday when the travel to "The Kennel" to take on 2017 national runner-up Gonzaga.