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1/13 Big Ten Recap: Michigan Scores A Huge Road Win Over MSU

Find out what happened for the Big Ten on Saturday.

NCAA Basketball: Michigan at Michigan State Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Although Saturday’s docket only had two Big Ten games, both involved Big Ten title contenders and had huge NCAA Tournament implications as well. Michigan went on the road to battle Michigan State and Purdue traveled to face Minnesota.

Let’s take a look at how the game played out.

Game of the Night:

-Michigan Wolverines 82, Michigan State Spartans 72

Heading into Saturday, Michigan State projected to be a legitimate Big Ten title contender and was looking to get revenge against its arch-rival after getting destroyed in the last meeting between the two. This was the only scheduled meeting between the two for this season.

However, as the game unfolded, it was Michigan who looked like the better team. The Wolverines got great play from Moritz Wagner on the offensive end, who finished with an impressive 27 points, and Zavier Simpson on the defensive side of the court. It was a team effort for Michigan.

Meanwhile, Michigan State struggled with turnovers and couldn’t get any productivity from its backcourt. Joshua Langford and Cassius Winston were largely no shows and both contributed to the team’s turnover woes. Ultimately, Michigan grabbed an impressive 82-72 road victory in East Lansing.

For Michigan, this is a massive road win. It pushes the Wolverines to 15-4 overall and 4-2 in Big Ten play. More importantly, this is a marquee win that should put Michigan in comfortable shape heading into March and Selection Sunday.

On the other side, Michigan State has some major questions to answer. With this much talent, Michigan State shouldn’t be getting embarrassed on its home floor against its arch-rival. The backcourt looks like a mess right now and the frontcourt isn’t good enough to overcome those issues. Michigan State needs to get better, and soon.

Michigan will now move on to face Maryland at home on Monday and Michigan State will have its next game at home against Indiana on Friday.

The Rest:

-Purdue Boilermakers 81, Minnesota Golden Gophers 47

Earlier this week, I wrote about how Purdue had two huge opportunities to pull away in the Big Ten title race this week. On Tuesday, Purdue achieved the first part of that test and won on the road against Michigan. The question would be whether the Boilermakers could do on the same on Saturday against a reeling Minnesota squad.

The answer to that question came in resounding fashion. Purdue destroyed Minnesota on Saturday in route to an 81-47 victory that didn’t feel that close for the second half. Minnesota’s offense looked like a mess and the Gophers had no answer for slowing down the balance in Purdue’s lineup.

For Purdue, this is a huge win because it was (on paper) one of the team’s most difficult remaining games. According to KenPom, Purdue now has 81 percent odds, or better, in every remaining games outside of its matchup with Michigan State later this season. Winning all of those games will be immensely difficult, but Purdue now clearly sits in the driver’s seat in the Big Ten title race.

Meanwhile, Minnesota is in big trouble. Despite a 13-3 start to the season, Minnesota now has some serious work to do to even have a shot at making the NCAA Tournament. The team has lost three-straight, including two at home. Richard Pitino needs to find a way to get things back on track soon.

Purdue will now move on to face Wisconsin at home on Tuesday and Minnesota will prepare for a matchup against Penn State on the road on Monday night.