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12/9 Big Ten Recap: A Mixed Night

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Recap all the Big Ten action from Wednesday.

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The Big Ten had six games on Wednesday night, including four games that were part of the 2020 Big Ten-ACC Challenge. It would end up being a mixed night for the league. Some of the teams disappointed while others looked impressive.

Let’s take a look at what happened.

Game of the Night:

-No. 20 Florida State 69, Indiana Hoosiers 67 (OT)

Yes, this was a loss, but it was unquestionably the best game of the night. Both teams looked solid and it ended up taking an extra session for Florida State to pull out the win. Trayce Jackson-Davis had an incredible night with 25 points and 17 rebounds. And for a moment or two late in the game, it looked like he had done enough for Indiana to win. Unfortunately for Hoosier fans, Florida State simply had a bit more in the tank.

For Indiana, this is going to be a tough one to stomach. The Hoosiers played their hearts out and just came up short. Indiana has looked like a top 25 squad so far, but will head back from Tallahassee at just 3-2 overall. It’s a tough sport and the Hoosiers were certainly on the rough side of it on Wednesday night. Fans will have to hope the team can figure out a way to respond on Sunday at home against North Alabama.

The Rest:

-Clemson Tigers 67, Maryland Terrapins 51

After the hot start to the season, Terp fans were hoping Maryland could keep things rolling on the road against a really tough Clemson team. Unfortunately, that wouldn’t be the case as Clemson thoroughly dominated the matchup. The game was over well before the final buzzer as Maryland’s offense struggled for consistency all night. Only one Terp (Donta Scott) finished with double-digits.

Maryland is now 4-1 overall and will get a few days off before resuming play. The Terps will host Rutgers at home on Monday night.

-Michigan Wolverines 91, Toledo Rockets 71

After Michigan’s game against North Carolina State was cancelled amid COVID-19 concerns, the Wolverines had a last second rescheduling to add Toledo to the slate. And on paper, this looked like a relatively intriguing game. The Rockets were top 100ish on KenPom and would certainly be motivated to pull off the upset. Instead, Michigan ran away with things thanks to some great play from Hunter Dickinson. The big man finished with 18 points, seven rebounds, and one assist.

Michigan will now move into conference play with Penn State at home on Sunday. The game figures to be a balanced one.

-Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 75, Nebraska Cornhuskers 64

Nebraska didn’t enter this season with high expectations, but the team certainly showed some encouraging signs through the team’s first four games. And as a result, Husker fans were hoping Nebraska could pull off an upset against Georgia Tech on Wednesday night. Unfortunately, that wouldn’t end up happening. The game was competitive, but the Huskers couldn’t stop a late surge from the Yellow Jackets. Kobe Webster led the way for Nebraska with 20 points and two rebounds.

Nebraska will now get a day off before resuming play against a really good Creighton team on Friday. Buckle up.

-Pittsburgh Panthers 71, Northwestern Wildcats 70

This was a tough loss for the Wildcats. After building a substantial first half lead, Northwestern saw it fade in the opening minutes of the second half and fell short after some late heroics from Pittsburgh and Justin Champagnie. The loss dropped Northwestern to 2-1 overall. Fans will hope the team can bounce back this weekend at home against SIU Edwardsville.

-No. 13 Wisconsin Badgers 73, Rhode Island Rams 62

This game wasn’t on the docket a few days ago, but it was scheduled after Louisville pulled out of its matchup against Wisconsin on Wednesday. And while the replacement game didn’t pack the same punch, the Badgers were able to score a quality 73-62 win anyway. Brad Davison led the way with 23 points and three rebounds. Wisconsin now sits at 4-1 overall and will resume play next Wednesday at home against Northern Iowa.

Cancelled/Postponed:

-No. 4 Michigan State Spartans at No. 18 Virginia Cavaliers

There is no rescheduled date at this time.