After a month off, Big Ten conference play resumed on Wednesday night. And both games were intriguing, with Nebraska going on the road to face Maryland and Northwestern traveling to East Lansing to face Michigan State.
Let’s take a look at what happened.
Game of the Day:
-No. 8 Michigan State Spartans 86, No. 14 Ohio State Buckeyes 77
The Big Ten’s marquee matchup on Saturday took place in Columbus as Michigan State went on the road to face the Buckeyes. Both teams were undefeated in league play entering the game and were hoping to score marquee victories. The game also showed similarities to last year’s matchup, when Ohio State upset a rolling Michigan State team at home.
Early on, both teams battled. Michigan State would grab a lead and Ohio State would respond immediately thereafter. But as the first half came to a close, Ohio State used some key turnovers to grab a 43-36 lead over the Spartans.
However, Michigan State came out swinging in the second half. Nick Ward and Cassius Winston both had great afternoons and combined for 46 points in the game. All told, Michigan State grabbed a huge 86-77 win on the road over Ohio State.
For Michigan State, this is a huge win. The Spartans are now 13-2 overall, 4-0 in Big Ten play, and have won eight straight games. This was also likely the team’s biggest win of the season. Going on the road and beating a top 15 team isn’t easy. Chris Holtmann has been very successful since coming to Columbus and beating the Buckeyes is no easy task. To go on the road and grab a win over Ohio State is a notable achievement.
On the other side, Ohio State will now have to regroup after losing the team’s biggest game of the season so far. The good news is that with Rutgers on the road coming up next and a few more manageable games up next, Ohio State should be able to get things rolling again. Meanwhile, Michigan State gets Purdue at home on Tuesday.
After beating a ranked Nebraska team at home earlier this week, Terp fans were hoping that Maryland could keep things rolling on Saturday. But with a feisty Rutgers team on the road, things wouldn’t be easy for Maryland. All told, though, Maryland was able to grab a 77-63 win over Rutgers to improve to 12-3 overall and 3-1 in Big Ten play.
Maryland will now prepare for Minnesota on the road on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Rutgers will prepare for Ohio State at home on Wednesday.