There were no headline Big Ten games in college basketball Monday night. However, Wisconsin pulled out an overtime win over their rivals, Minnesota, to continue to end a disastrous season on a high note. Maryland and Northwestern battled at Allstate Arena in a game that the Wildcats blew their second double-digit second half lead in as many games.
Let’s take a look at the night that was in Big Ten hoops.
Game of the Night:
-Wisconsin Badgers 73, Minnesota Golden Gophers 63 (OT)
The Wisconsin Badgers continued to pick up a couple season-ending “feel-good” wins by following up their upset of Purdue with an overtime victory against Minnesota.
In a tightly contested game, the Badgers outscored the Golden Gophers by 14-4 in the extra period to win their third game in four attempts. Brevin Pritzl and Ethan Happ pulled Wisconsin ahead in overtime by scoring 10 of the 14 points.
Pritzl had a huge game off the bench, scoring a team-high 20 points off the bench on 6-of-9 shooting from behind the arc. Happ and Brad Davison each finished in double figures as well scoring 10 and 19 points respectively.
Minnesota double-double machine Jordan Murphy led the pace for the Gophers with 16 points and 11 boards. Michael Hurt and Nate Mason each finished in double figures as well scoring 15 and 11 points respectively.
With the win Wisconsin improved to 13-16 on the year and 6-10 in conference play. Minnesota dropped to 14-15 following the loss and 3-13 in Big Ten play.
It had been since Dec 3. since Maryland has won a game away from the Xfinity Center. That all changed Monday night when they ended their road woes with a seven point win against Northwestern.
Three Terrapins finished in double figures led by Kevin Huerter’s game-high 18 points. Anthony Cowan and Dion Wiley each added 13 points of their own.
With four minutes left in the first half the Wildcats led by just two points at 27-25. They ended the half on a 10-5 run to go into the break leading 37-30. The Wildcats lead got as high as 11 points early in the second half.
Scottie Lindsey paced Northwestern with a team high 15 points while Derrick Pardon added 14 points and six rebounds. The Wildcats also got a strong performance off the bench from Isiah Brown who tallied 11 points in 16 minutes.
However, for the second conescutive game, Northwestern could not hang on to a second half, double-digit lead. A late 16-2 run game Maryland their first lead of the game at 58-54. With just under four minutes remaining, the Terrapins expanded their lead to 65-56.
With the win Maryland holds on to any slim shot they have left for the NCAA Tournament. They improved to 19-11 on the year and 8-9 in conference play. Northwestern’s disappointing season continued with their fourth straight loss. They fell to 15-14 on the season and 6-10 in during the Big Ten slate.
Maryland will finish up their regular season schedule with a home game against Michigan on Feb 24. while Northwestern hosts Wisconsin on Feb 22. before ending their regular season at Iowa on Feb. 25.