The Big Ten had two games on Tuesday night and both had massive ramifications for the league’s postseason hopes. A ranked Rutgers team hosted Purdue and Michigan went on the road to battle a feisty Nebraska team.
Let’s take a look at what happened.
Game of the Night:
-No. 25 Rutgers Scarlet Knights 70, Purdue Boilermakers 63
Given how Rutgers has played so far this season at home, we knew it would be a tough task for Purdue to come out with a win on Tuesday night. And while Purdue put up a valiant effort in the second half to keep things competitive, Rutgers ended up being too much for the Boilermakers. All told, Rutgers grabbed the 70-63 win at home.
For Rutgers, the win pushed the team to 16-5 overall and to 7-3 in league play. Perhaps even more notably, Rutgers improved to a perfect 15-0 at home so far this season. The RAC has become a really tough place to play for opponents and Scarlet Knight fans are hoping it stays that way going forward. The Scarlet Knights will get back into action on Saturday in Madison Square Garden against Michigan.
On the other side, Purdue fell to 11-10 overall with the loss and is really in a tough position moving forward with regard to its NCAA hopes. The Boilermakers are still a good team according to the advanced numbers, but it’s hard to see this group making the field of 68 without winning some tough games down the stretch. Those efforts will start on Saturday as Purdue goes on the road to face Northwestern.
While the Wolverines seemed like clear favorites heading into this game, that changed when Michigan learned it would be without stars Isaiah Livers and Zavier Simpson. Husker fans were hoping their absences would allow Nebraska to steal a game from Michigan on Tuesday night. However, that wouldn’t be the case as Michigan was able to grab the road win thanks to 20 points from Eli Brooks.
Michigan improved to 12-8 overall with the win and will get back into action on Saturday in Madison Square Garden against Rutgers. Meanwhile, Nebraska will have a few days off before facing Penn State at home on Saturday.