The Big Ten had two teams in action on Sunday. While both Iowa and Minnesota played underwhelming opponents at home, it was an opportunity for the two to tune up before facing much tougher teams in the coming days.
Let’s take a look at what happened.
Game of the Night:
-Minnesota Golden Gophers 79, North Dakota Fighting Hawks 56
After beating Central Michigan at home earlier in the week, the pressure was on Minnesota to get another win and get back to .500 on the season. All told, Minnesota was able to cruise to a relatively comfortable win over North Dakota. The Gophers now sit at 3-3 overall with Sunday night’s win.
Gabe Kalscheuer was the star of the evening, finishing with 18 points and four rebounds. Daniel Oturu also had a big night with 15 points and six rebounds. Minnesota’s offense ended up finishing with 1.08 points per possession.
Minnesota will now prepare for a key matchup at home on Friday against a resurgent DePaul team. After letting three potential resume wins slip away earlier this season, Minnesota will certainly be motivated to win this one.
-Iowa Hawkeyes 85, Cal Poly Mustangs 59
There really isn’t a lot to takeaway from this one. Iowa hosted an underwhelming team at home and cruised to a 26-point win. CJ Frederick led the way with 21 points and five assists. Luka Garza also had 18 points and nine rebounds. The win pushed Iowa to 4-1 overall on the season.
Iowa will now head out west for its non-conference tournament in Las Vegas. The Hawkeyes will open up on Thursday against a Texas Tech team coming off a Final Four appearance. More simply stated, it’s going to be a tough matchup for Iowa.