There were two games on Tuesday, with both ranked Big Ten teams losing on the road. Let’s take a look at what happened.
Game of the Night
Indiana Hoosiers 75, #19 Wisconsin Badgers 73 (2 OT)
Indiana and Wisconsin played in a game tonight that was equally parts thrilling and appalling. For every clutch shot and entertaining moment, the reality is we were only there because of bad basketball, padded out even more by a number of late official reviews.
A perfect example of this was how the game made it into a second overtime. With two plus seconds remaining (following a review to confirm the ball went out off of Wisconsin) Indiana ran an in bound play that involved Aljami Durham shooting a three well beyond the line with time remaining, bricking it completely. Even more perplexing was a camera shot after the first overtime, showing Indiana fans heading for the exits with the game still set for another five minutes.
Then in the second overtime Wisconsin started by missing their first five free throws, not scoring until 2:01 remaining. Not to be outdone, though, Indiana countered by fouling D’Mitrik Trice from three in the closing seconds, allowing Trice to tie the game from the line. That of course did set up this play by Romeo Langford:
Amazing what can happen when you draw up plays for your best player, as Archie Miller neglected to do so several times in key moments tonight. Langford had a big night for Indiana, scoring 22 points and leading the team in scoring. And while he struggled from the field, Juwan Morgan was huge on the glass for Indiana, picking up 15 rebounds before fouling out.
Tonight’s game showcases one of Wisconsin’s biggest issues as they entered the night 327th in free throw shooting (65.4%), a number that has gotten even worse in conference play (60.6% entering the night, good for last in the conference). In a two point double overtime loss the Badgers could only hit 13 of 25 free throws, and outside of five clutch free throws from Trice in the closing seconds of regulation and double overtime, the team went 8 of 20 the rest of the night. That of course includes a 2 of 8 start in the second overtime when they could have taken the lead early.
The Badgers will be face Penn State on Saturday while Indiana will attempt to win back to back games for the first time in almost two months when they host Michigan State this weekend.
Ohio State Buckeyes 90, #22 Iowa hawkeyes 70
The Buckeyes kept their tournament hopes alive with a 20 point victory over the 22nd ranked Iowa Hawkeyes. After a close first half Ohio State got hot in the second half and scored 54 points on their way to a 90-70 victory.
Justin Ahrens had a big night for Ohio State, scoring 29 points on 7 of 11 shooting, including 6 of 10 from three. Kaleb Wesson was also big, adding 18 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams shot relatively similar from the field (Ohio State shot 48.3%, Iowa 47.3%), but Ohio State made six more three pointers than the Hawkeyes and shot 10 more free throws while also out rebounding Iowa 36-26.
Tempers flared on the court for Iowa, with both Fran and Connor McCaffery drawing technicals in the second half. Not entirely pleased with the officiating, Iowa coach Fran McCaffery reportedly had words for the officials after the game. If true, it’s not exactly a good look as McCaffery has had a number of incidents over the years at Iowa.
Uh, wow. Iowa coach Fran McCaffrey was just screaming at an official walking down a hallway of Value City Arena. "You cheating motherfucker! You're a fucking disgrace!"— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) February 27, 2019
Iowa gets an easier outing next with Rutgers set to come to town this weekend. Ohio State will have another chance for a big win when they travel to play at Purdue on Saturday.