The Big Ten had three teams in action on Thursday night, including a Minnesota team that was hoping to bounce back after three tough losses. Iowa and Wisconsin also hosted underwhelming opponents at home.
Let’s take a look at what happened.
Game of the Night:
-Minnesota Golden Gophers 82, Central Michigan Chippewas 57
After three straight games away from home against quality opponents, Minnesota returned home for a game against an underwhelming Central Michigan team. The Gophers ended up making easy work of the Chips, scoring an 82-57 victory.
This win won’t be all that notable in the months to come, but bouncing back after three straight losses is always a good sign. Payton Willis came up big in this one, finishing with 18 points on the night in 10 attempts.
Minnesota will now prepare for another winnable game at home over the weekend against North Dakota on Sunday. A win there and the Gophers will jump back up to .500 on the season.
-Iowa Hawkeyes 83, North Florida Ospreys 68
This is one of those games that slipped under the radar, and for good reason. Iowa was hosting another underwhelming team at home. The Hawkeyes ended up grabbing a 15-point win at home. Luka Garza finished with 29 points and 12 rebounds on the night.
Iowa will have one more buy game before heading into the holiday tournament season. It will get Cal Poly at home on Sunday.
-Wisconsin Badgers 88, Green Bay Phoenix 70
The Badgers may have opened the season with a loss, but the team has quietly been starting to trend up over the last few weeks. Wisconsin scored a huge win over Marquette last weekend and backed it up on Thursday night with a win over a feisty Green Bay team. Brad Davison ended up finishing with 15 points and five rebounds.
Wisconsin will now prepare for a trip to New York to face off against Richmond on Monday. Even though the Badgers are favored, it should be a good one.