While football was the focus for most people today, six Big Ten basketball teams were in action. Ohio State took on Wisconsin in Madison, Penn State was on the road against Iowa and Indiana went to Michigan for the early tip off game at noon.
Let’s take a look at these match ups and how these teams fared today in our first year of early December Big Ten action.
Game of the Night:
-Penn State Nittany Lions 77, Iowa Hawkeyes 73
Penn State and Iowa both needed a win to start conference play and Penn State secured a nice road win to move to 7-2, while Iowa falls to 4-4. Leading the way for the Nittany Lions was Lamar Stevens with 22 points with Mike Watkins and Tony Carr putting up 19 and 16 respectively. The big plus for Penn State was the three-point shooting clinic they put on as they were 12-for-23 (52%) and was one of the main reasons they kept the lead.
For Iowa, Sophomore Tyler Cook scored 23 points and Isaiah Moss had 13. It a very different story for the Hawkeyes, as they were only 4-for-12 (33%) from behind the line and 13-for-21 (62%) from the free throw line.
If Penn State wants to have success in Big Ten play this year, they need to improve their depth. They had zero bench points and only Jamari Wheeler had more than eight minutes of playing time off the bench. They have to incorporate their role players more often.
Iowa is back in action on Monday at Indiana. Penn State is back in action at home against Wisconsin.
-Michigan Wolverines 69, Indiana Hoosiers 55
Michigan took on Indiana in the early game today and dominated the Hoosiers in a 69-55 victory. Michigan took the lead early in the game and never let it go. For Michigan, freshman Jordan Poole had 19 points and a coming of age party as he was only averaging 4.5 points on the year coming into this. Mo Wagner also added 13.
For the Hoosiers, not much went well. The one bright spot was Juwan Morgan who was 9-14 from the field and put up 24 out of 55 points. They only shot 2-for-7 from three and 22-55 (40%) from the floor.
Duncan Robinson has to better for the Wolverines as he was only 2-for-10 and 2-for-9 from three. He is the best shooter on the team and he is only shooting 38 percent from deep.
Michigan hits the road to play Ohio State on Monday. Indiana plays Iowa at Assembly Hall on Monday.
-Ohio State Buckeyes 83, Wisconsin Badgers 58
Ohio State pulled off the shocker of the Big Ten season so far, as the nine point underdogs handed the Badgers their worst loss ever at the Kohl Center. Kieta Bates-Diop had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Kaleb Wesson added 19 points. The Buckeyes were ahead 49-26 and never looked back. They shot a incredible 66 percent from the field and 53 percent from three.
Wisconsin struggled all game and fell to 3-5 on the season. Star forward Ethan Happ was only 2-for-6 on the day with seven points and six rebounds. The Badgers shot 38 percent from the field and 37 percent from three
Wisconsin will look to rebound against Penn State on Monday. Ohio State will face Michigan at home on Monday.