The Big Ten had a plethora of games on Friday, including major matchups for Michigan State and Wisconsin. It was a day filled from action from start to finish and the league was lucky enough to score plenty of wins.
Here’s a look at what happened on Friday.
Game of the Day:
Often, fans overrate the importance of halftime and, more specifically, halftime adjustments. Teams and coaches certainly change tactics during the course of the game, but it’s not like a magic switch gets flipped because teams get a few minutes to cool down.
Well, this game was one of those times when it was true.
After falling behind early, Michigan State came roaring back in the second half thanks to some hot shooting from Joshua Langford and Cassius Winston. All told, the two combined for 49 points on the evening. Winston also compiled 10 assists and four rebounds.
This game might not have seemed all that important at the moment, but Michigan State showed a lot about itself. The Spartans got down, fought back, and scored a resume win as a result. It’s very encouraging.
Michigan State will now get Louisville on the road on Tuesday.
-Indiana Hoosiers 76, UC Davis Aggies 62
After a hectic week last week, Indiana returned home for two filler games this week before facing Duke in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Indiana picked up a win over UT Arlington on Tuesday and was able to add a second over UC Davis on Friday night.
UC Davis actually jumped out to an earlier lead, but Juwan Morgan and Romeo Langford were too much, combining for 51 points. Indiana will now prepare for Duke on Tuesday night.
Despite a 4-0 start to the season, Maryland was actually pretty untested coming into this matchup. The Terps had played five teams well outside the top 100 on KenPom and just one game came away from home.
However, Maryland acquitted itself very well on Friday, easily beating what was a top 100 opponent in Marshall at home. Anthony Cowan led the way with 26 points, seven rebounds, and six assists. Maryland will now host a very good Virginia team at home on Wednesday night.
-Michigan Wolverines 83, Chattanooga Mocs 55
After beating George Washington and Providence over the weekend, Michigan returned home to play an overmatched Chattanooga at home. Michigan cruised to an easy win and improved to 6-0 on the season. Ignas Brazdeikis led the team with 20 points, seven rebounds, and one assist. The Wolverines will now prepare for a showdown with North Carolina at home on Wednesday.
After a disappointing loss to Fresno State on Friday, Northwestern rebounded with a nice win over La Salle. AJ Turner led the Wildcats with 20 points, four rebounds, and three assists on the night. Northwestern will now get ready for a game against Utah on Sunday night in Fullerton.
The Buckeyes had a throwback game on Friday night against Cleveland State and the game definitely lived up to the hype. Cleveland State kept things a bit closer than fans might have liked early, but Ohio State pulled away in the second half. Kaleb Wesson had a big game with 19 points, six rebounds, and three assists. Ohio State will now get ready for Syracuse at home on Wednesday night.
After a tough loss to Virginia Tech last Saturday, Purdue rebounded with a wi over Robert Morris at home to improve the team to 5-1 on the year. There really wasn’t much to take away. Purdue jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Carsen Edwards finished with 19 points on 17 shots. Purdue will travel to face Florida State on Wednesday.
After an utterly bizarre game against Eastern Michigan on Monday, Rutgers returned to ordinary play and scored a win over Boston University on Friday. The game was probably closer than fans would have liked, but Rutgers was able to pull away thanks to 20 points from Eugene Omoruyi. The Scarlet Knights will now travel to face Miami (FL) on Wednesday.
-Virginia Cavaliers 53, Wisconsin Badgers 46
After scoring wins over Stanford and Oklahoma in two days, fans were hoping that Wisconsin would find a way to beat Virginia. However, the Cavaliers proved to be too much, as Wisconsin fell by a final score of 53-46.
Ethan Happ was the lone bright spot for the Badgers in this one, finishing with 22 points, 15 rebounds, and six assists. And frankly, that was the issue. Wisconsin’s offense finished with 0.79 points per possession. The team will now return home to face North Carolina State on Tuesday.