The Big Ten had two games on Friday and one of them had significant NCAA implications. Maryland went on the road to Columbus hoping to keep things rolling and Rutgers hosted Northwestern. Both games ended up being relatively entertaining.
Let’s take a look at what happened.
Game of the Day:
-No. 19 Maryland Terrapins 75, Ohio State Buckeyes 61
Talk about a swing in circumstances. A few weeks ago, Ohio State was rolling and Maryland fans were wondering about Mark Turgeon. But heading into Friday’s matchup, the questions that were out there were about Chris Holtmann’s plans for getting Ohio State back on track after a rough last few games.
The game itself was relatively competitive, but Maryland proved to be too much for the Buckeyes. Anthony Cowan and Bruno Fernando led the Terps and finished with 33 combined points. Fernando also grabbed 15 rebounds on the night. All told, Maryland was able to go on the road and grab a 75-61 win over Ohio State.
For Maryland, this is just the latest win in an impressive win streak for the Terps. The team has now won seven straight, including five wins against top 65 opponents. Add in that this one came away from home and it looks even more impressive. Maryland will hope to keep things rolling on Monday on the road against Michigan State.
On the other side, it’s time to start wondering where Ohio State is heading. The Buckeyes had a great start to the season, but have faded significantly. The team is down to 36th nationally on KenPom and has lost four straight. Losing games in this year’s Big Ten isn’t exactly shocking considering the depth of the league, but when one of those losses came to Rutgers and two others came at home, it is concerning. Ohio State will now move toward a matchup against Purdue next Wednesday.
-Northwestern Wildcats 65, Rutgers Scarlet Knights 57
This game didn’t get much attention nationally, but it was a relatively entertaining game on Friday night. While the Wildcats controlled most of the matchup, Rutgers did use a late run to make things interesting. All told, Northwestern grabbed a 65-57 win.
Northwestern improved to 11-7 overall with the win and will now move toward a matchup with Indiana at home on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Rutgers fell to 8-9 overall and will hope to rebound at home against Nebraska on Monday.