The Big Ten had two games on Sunday and even though neither was a marquee matchup, both featured Big Ten title contenders. Michigan State traveled to face Penn State and Michigan hosted Northwestern. Both were looking to stay unbeaten in league play.
Let’s take a look at what happened.
Game of the Day:
-No. 2 Michigan Wolverines 80, Northwestern Wildcats 60
Though the Wolverines were significant favorites coming into this game, there were a few interesting storylines for the game. Michigan was hoping to set a program record for the best start to a season at 17-0 and Northwestern was looking to pull off the upset it let get away in early December. As fans will recall, Northwestern nearly upset Michigan at home, but couldn’t hit a shot in the final seconds to grab the win.
However, fans learned minutes before tipoff that Vic Law would be sitting out and it showed on the court. Michigan jumped out to an early 10-0 lead over the Wildcats and never looked back. Northwestern would close things up here and there, but Michigan never trailed. All told, Michigan grabbed an 80-60 win over the Wildcats.
Obviously, this is a big win for Michigan as the Wolverines reached 17-0 on the season. The team is also 31-1 over its last 32 games heading into a showdown with Wisconsin on the road on Saturday. It’s been quite a run in Ann Arbor.
For Northwestern, it’s another frustrating loss. The Wildcats are now 10-7 and have lost three of the team’s last four games. Fans will hope that Northwestern gets back on track on Friday on the road against Rutgers.
-No. 6 Michigan State Spartans 71, Penn State Nittany Lions 56
Although Nittany Lions fans were hoping that Penn State could pull off some magic on Sunday, few thought this would be a competitive game. And those predictions would end up proving to be true as Michigan State got a double-digit road win over Penn State.
The win pushes Michigan State to 15-2 overall and 6-0 in league play. The Spartans will now prepare for a road trip to Nebraska on Thursday. Penn State will hope to rebound on Wednesday at home against Iowa.