The Big Ten had six games on Tuesday, going 4-2 throughout the day. It wasn’t always impressive, with Nebraska and Illinois both losing to formidable opponents while Indiana and Minnesota struggled at times with a pair of mid-majors.
Here’s a look at what happened on Tuesday.
Game of the Night
Indiana Hoosiers 78, UT Arlington Mavericks 64
The Hoosiers were looking to get things back on track tonight after losing to Arkansas and for a half it appeared that tonight’s game wasn’t going to be much of an issue for Indiana.
With a 48-28 lead early in the second half, it was business as usual until UT Arlington went on a 11-1 run to cut the deficit in half. A few minutes later the Mavericks went on a 13-2 run to cut the deficit to one at 60-61 with 6:33 to go. Unfortunately for the Mavericks, though, they could only hit one field goal over the last six minutes and the Hoosiers were able to pull away for a 78-64 win in what turned out to be a surprisingly competitive game.
Leading the Hoosiers in scoring was Juwan Morgan with 23 points on 9 of 11 shooting from the field. The Hoosiers were able to excel inside tonight, hitting 54.5% of their field goals. It wasn’t smooth sailing for the Hoosiers from anywhere else, though, as they only hit 2 of their 12 three pointers, shot 69.6% from the free throw line and committed 18 turnovers.
While it wasn’t pretty at times, Indiana eventually got things rolling again and did enough to take care of business down the stretch.
The Illini almost pulled an improbable upset against Gonzaga late Monday night and were hoping for another potential upset on Tuesday against Iowa State. While the Illini were able to take a lead into the break, opening the lead up to 7 early in the second half, a seven minute plus stretch with only one field goal allowed the Cyclones to retake the lead and control of today’s game out in Maui.
While Iowa State started slow, they outscored Illinois by 21 in the second half and that’s with the Illini narrowing the deficit in the closing minutes. Talen Horton-Tucker led the Cyclones in scoring with 26 points while Iowa State shot 49.1% from the field and hit on 82.8% of their free throws.
Illinois was cold from the field in the second half and ended up shooting 38.3% from the field while getting outrebounded 28-40 by the Cyclones. Illinois was also relying predominantly on jump shots throughout the day, with 33 of their 60 field goals being from beyond the arc.
In a somewhat unexpected development, the Buckeyes saw themselves in a back and forth showdown early against Samford, ultimately trailing by three heading into the break. That continued well into the second half, with the game being tied at 38 with just over 12 minutes to go before the Buckeyes went on a 12-0 run to open things up and take care of business down the stretch for a 68-50 victory.
Ohio State started off slow offensively and early on needed to rely on their ability to get to the line to keep pace with Samford. When everything was said and done the Buckeyes 28-5 free throw advantage was critical, especially with Ohio State shooting 3 of 20 from three. Kaleb Wesson led the Buckeyes with 19 points off the bench, while Keyshawn Woods was the only other Buckeye to reach double figures.
It wasn’t pretty but Minnesota was able to take care of business down the stretch against winless Santa Clara. The Broncos opened up a 26-19 lead with 8:32 to go but would be held to three points the rest of the first half, allowing the Gophers to retake the lead on a 14-3 run to close the half. Santa Clara would hang around, cutting the deficit to 57-62 with 4:35 to go before a 12-0 Minnesota run put the game well out of reach.
Gabe Kalscheur had an impressive outing, hitting 7 of 12 three pointers and leading the team in scoring with 25 points. Past that it was a challenge for Minnesota offensively, with Dupree McBrayer and Amir Coffey combining to shoot 7 of 28 from the field. The Gophers were held to 35.8% from the field and only shot 62.2% from the free throw line.
Like a lot of early season non-conference games, Minnesota benefited from a considerable free throw advantage of 38-9. The Broncos shot 43.9% from the field and 11 of 23 from beyond the arc, but the 29 free throw differential while being out rebounded 49-33 (with Minnesota picking up 18 offensive boards) proved to be to much.
The Cornhuskers cruised early this year against several cupcakes and Seton Hall, but the Red Raiders from the Big 12 proved to be a formidable opponent for Tim Miles’ squad.
Nebraska started off impressively, jumping out the gate with a 15-6 lead. However, a near five minute scoring drought allowed Texas Tech to retake the lead and eventually head to the half ahead by six points. Nebraska managed to narrow the deficit to two a few minutes into the second half before Texas Tech slowly opened up a double digit lead and continued to pull away from the Cornhuskers on their way to an easy enough 18 point victory.
Isaac Copeland Jr. had a solid night for Nebraska, recording 20 points and 8 rebounds, while James Palmer Jr. added 13 points. Past that the rest of the roster only managed to score 19 points on 7 of 26 shooting. Nebraska was held to 35.4% from the field, 21.7% from three on 23 attempts, 61.9% from the line and were also out rebounded by the Red Raiders. Jarrett Culver led Tech with 26 points.
The Nittany Lions bounced back nicely from their loss against DePaul with a win tonight over Wright State. Penn State opened up an early lead and cruised throughout the rest of the game.
Leading the Nittany Lions in scoring was Lamar Stevens with 25 points on 10 of 15 shooting. Penn State had an impressive night offensively, hitting 58% of their field goals and 52.9% from three. Defensively they were able to stifle Wright State, holding the Raiders to 39.6% from the field.