The Big Ten had a decent slate of games on Sunday, featuring a marquee showdown between Arizona and Illinois in the late game slot. Ranked Michigan State and Ohio State teams were also in action.
Let’s take a look at what happened.
Game of the Day:
-No. 21 Arizona Wildcats 90, Illinois Fighting Illini 69
This one slipped a bit under the radar with all the football madness over the weekend, but this projected to be a really fun game out on the west side. And early on, it lived up to that hype. Illinois and Arizona went back and forth and it was 38-36 at halftime.
Unfortunately for Illinois, that’s where the fun stopped. The Wildcats got really hot in the second half and were able to pull away for a convincing win against the Illini. Ayo Dosunmu led Illinois with 15 points and five assists. The loss dropped Illinois to 2-1 on the season.
For Illini fans, this game should be viewed as nothing other than a missed opportunity. Illinois went on the road across the country to play as an underdog against a ranked Arizona team. The loss stings, but it’s hardly a detriment to the Illini. This still figures to be a solid team. And Illinois did beat Grand Canyon on the road on Friday night. That should lessen the blow of this loss.
Illinois will now have a week off before facing off against Hawaii on November 18th. The trip out west should provide Brad Underwood with some solid film on his team.
-No. 1 Michigan State Spartans 100, Binghamton Bearcats 47
Sunday was a tough day for the Spartan fanbase and especially Michigan State’s do-it-all guard Cassius Winston, as news broke over the weekend that his brother had passed away. Despite having the go ahead from head coach Tom Izzo to sit out, Winston opted to play and ended up finishing with 17 points and 11 assists. Michigan State ended up grabbing a 100-47 win over Binghamton at home.
Obviously, everyone’s thoughts and prayers will be with Winston and his family in the coming days. The Spartans will return to action on Thursday on the road against a pretty good Seton Hall team.
-No. 18 Ohio State Buckeyes 76, UMass Lowell River Hawks 56
There really wasn’t much to take away from this one. Ohio State was able to jump out to a nice first half lead and cruised to a 76-56 win over an inferior UMass Lowell team at home on Sunday. The win pushed the Buckeyes to 2-0 overall. Kaleb Wesson played particularly well with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Ohio State will now prepare for its biggest game of the short season at home on Wednesday. The Buckeyes will face off against a really good Villanova team in the Gavitt Games. Expect quite a battle.
-Rutgers Scarlet Knights 86, Niagara Purple Eagles 39
After an underwhelming performance to open the season, many were a bit concerned about how the Scarlet Knights would perform moving forward. And while Sunday won’t answer all those concerns, Rutgers did impressive. The Scarlet Knights were able to score an 86-39 win at home, thanks in large part to 22 points from Geo Baker. The win pushed Rutgers to 2-0. Rutgers will get back in action on Wednesday at home against Drexel.