The Big Ten had two games on Wednesday and both ended in pretty dramatic fashion. Rutgers was able to pick off Northwestern on the road in the first game and Nebraska was able to steal a game against Minnesota in the final seconds.
Let’s take a look at what happened.
Game of the Day:
-Nebraska Cornhuskers 62, Minnesota Golden Gophers 61
On Wednesday, this was clearly the game of the day for the Big Ten. A struggling Minnesota team went on the road to face a collapsing Nebraska squad in a matchup that would likely weigh heavily on Selection Sunday. Both sides desperately needed the win and that certainly came out in the game play as the game went down to the final seconds.
When all was said and done, Nebraska was able to get the win in the final seconds thanks to some valuable free throws. The Huskers grabbed a 62-61 win over the Gophers. The result will certainly be debated in the weeks and months to come.
For Nebraska, this was an extremely valuable win. The Huskers had lost seven straight heading into this game and desperately needed to get back on track. With the win, Nebraska improved to 14-11 overall and 4-10 in Big Ten play.
In most years, it would already be out of NCAA Tournament contention. However, in a loaded Big Ten, Nebraska is still alive thanks to its win on Wednesday night. The Huskers will now get ready for a home game against Northwestern on Saturday.
On the other side, Minnesota dropped to 16-9 overall and 6-8 in Big Ten play with the loss. The Gophers have now lost four in a row and five of the team’s last seven games. Minnesota will try to bounce back on Saturday at home against Indiana.
-Rutgers Scarlet Knights 59, Northwestern Wildcats 56
This one didn’t attract much national attention, but ended up being a pretty entertaining game between teams heading in opposite directions. All told, Rutgers was able to edge out Northwestern and grab a 59-56 win.
With the win, Rutgers improved to 12-12 overall and 5-9 in Big Ten play. It will now get ready for Iowa at home on Saturday. On the other side, Northwestern dropped to 12-12 overall and will hope to rebound on Saturday on the road against Nebraska.