The Big Ten had a full slate on Wednesday with three games. All ended up having significant for the league’s NCAA Tournament hopefuls. Michigan faced off against Ohio State at home, Wisconsin went on the road to face Nebraska, and Maryland hosted Northwestern.
Let’s take a look at what happened.
Game of the Day:
-No. 5 Michigan Wolverines 65, Ohio State Buckeyes 49
The Big Ten got one of its annual rivalry showdowns on Wednesday night as Ohio State went on the road to face a top five Michigan team. The game was competitive for much of the first half, but the Wolverines pulled away heading into halftime and never looked back. Zavier Simpson led the way for Michigan and finished with a triple-double.
For Michigan, this was another quality win to add to its resume. It was also the team’s second win in a row against the Buckeyes. The Wolverines are 6-4 against their rival since Ohio State beat Michigan in January of 2013. Michigan now sits at 20-1 overall and 9-1 in Big Ten play heading into February. The Wolverines will return to action on Friday on the road against a tough Iowa team.
On the other side, it was another tough loss for Ohio State. After starting the season at 12-1 overall, Ohio State now sits at 13-7. The team went 1-6 in the month of January and still has plenty of challenging games left on the horizon. Ohio State will hope to rebound on Saturday at home against Rutgers.
-No. 21 Maryland Terrapins 70, Northwestern Wildcats 52
After losing two straight, Maryland returned home for an intriguing game against Northwestern, hoping to get back on track. And the Terps ended up doing just that, scoring a 70-52 home win against a feisty Wildcat team. Bruno Fernando finished with 22 points.
The Terps will now enter an absolutely brutal stretch. The team’s next five opponents are all rated 22nd or higher on KenPom and four of those games will take place away from home. The stretch will begin on Friday with a road trip to face Wisconsin. Meanwhile, Northwestern will get Penn State at home on Monday.
-No. 24 Wisconsin Badgers 62, Nebraska Cornhuskers 51
It hasn’t been a great last few weeks for the Cornhuskers. The team opened up the new year with a loss on the road against Maryland and haven’t been able to get back on track since. Nebraska lost three in a row heading into its matchup against Wisconsin and things wouldn’t improve there. The Badgers would end up grabbing a 62-51 win.
For Wisconsin, this was another key road win to add to its already impressive resume. The Badgers now 15-6 overall and have won four in a row. The Badgers will be back in action on Friday at home against Maryland. Meanwhile, Nebraska fell to 13-8 overall and will hope to rebound on the road against Illinois on Saturday.