The Big Ten had two games on Wednesday night and both had some intrigue. Nebraska went on the road to face Ohio State in the early game and Indiana hosted a feisty Penn State team in the late game.
Let’s take a look at what happened.
Game of the Night:
-Indiana Hoosiers 87, Penn State Nittany Lions 85 (OT)
After two straight losses, Indiana entered this game with some desperation. Penn State was also desperate for a win after losing three straight. This wasn’t a “must win” for either side, but it wasn’t too far off. Indiana needed this to keep its postseason dreams alive and Penn State needed this for some confidence.
The game itself was fantastic. Things swung back and forth several times and each side looked like it was going to pull it out for at least brief moments. Unfortunately for Penn State, Indiana benefitted from a few controversial plays late in the regulation. This forced things to overtime where the Hoosiers won. Trayce Jackson-Davis led the way for the Hoosiers with 21 points and six rebounds.
For Indiana, this game provided a huge sigh of relief for fans. The Hoosiers were reeling after losses to Northwestern and Illinois last week and really needed this one. Indiana still has a lot of work to do to achieve its season goals, but this is a start. The team will now get a few days off before facing off against Maryland at home. The game looks winnable, at least on paper.
On the other side, Penn State dropped to 3-4 overall and 0-3 in Big Ten play with the loss. This is the third razor thin loss for the Nittany Lions already this season (Seton Hall and Michigan were the others) and fans are hoping this isn’t becoming a trend. Penn State will now return home to face Wisconsin on Sunday.
-No. 25 Ohio State Buckeyes 90, Nebraska Cornhuskers 54
While this game looked relatively lopsided heading in, the Huskers did have some hope because of Ohio State’s inconsistent play so far this season. Unfortunately, those hopes would prove misguided as the Buckeyes cruised to an easy win. Justin Ahrens led the way with 18 points off the bench. Zed Key also had 14 points.
Ohio State improved to 8-2 overall and 2-2 in Big Ten play with the win and Nebraska dropped to 4-6 overall and 0-3 in Big Ten play with the loss. The Buckeyes will return to action on Sunday on the road against Minnesota. Meanwhile, Nebraska will hope to rebound on Saturday at home against Michigan State.