The Big Ten had a loaded slate on Wednesday with three games, including a ranked matchup between Iowa and Rutgers. The only games included Wisconsin going on the road to face Nebraska and Northwestern hosting Indiana.
Let’s take a look at what happened.
Game of the Night:
-No. 15 Iowa Hawkeyes 79, No. 25 Rutgers Scarlet Knights 66
Coming into Wednesday night, these teams were trending in starkly different directions. Iowa had lost four of its last five games, while Rutgers entered on a four-game winning streak, including two wins on the road. There was little debating the Hawkeyes would have to pick it up, or face another tough loss.
Fortunately for Hawkeye fans, that’s exactly what happened.
Iowa not only won the game, but did so convincingly. The margin stuck around 10 points for the entirety of the second half and there was little drama in the closing minutes. Joe Wieskamp led the way with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and one assist. Luke Garza also scored 22 points as he continues to pursue Iowa’s all-time scoring title.
The win pushed Iowa to 14-6 overall and 8-5 in Big Ten play and the loss dropped Rutgers to 11-7 overall and 7-7 in Big Ten play. Iowa will hope to keep things rolling on Saturday on the road against Michigan State. The Hawkeyes are hoping for a season sweep of the Spartans after winning the first matchup earlier this month. Rutgers hopes to bounce back on Saturday at home against Northwestern.
-Indiana Hoosiers 79, Northwestern Wildcats 76 (2OT)
Talk about drama. This one had about as many twists and turns as you’ll see in a college basketball game. The game not only went back and forth in regulation, but swung in overtime as well. Here are just a few interesting in-game odds from this one:
- Northwestern had 80.3 percent odds to win in the late first half;
- Indiana had 57.2 percent odds to win early in the second half;
- Northwestern had 95.7 percent odds to win late in the second half; and
- Northwestern had 93.5 percent odds to win late in the first overtime.
Those are some wild numbers and give you a little context about how much things swung back and forth here. It also shows how badly Northwestern blew this game. The Wildcats probably should have won this thing two or things times, but ended up coming up short. The result is a huge one for Indiana, who could hardly afford another loss to Northwestern on its resume as it builds its NCAA resume.
This one figures to be a tough one to followup for both sides. Indiana will face Ohio State on the road on Saturday while Northwestern travels to Rutgers next.
-No. 21 Wisconsin Badgers 61, Nebraska Cornhuskers 48
This one went about as expected. Wisconsin took care of business against an overmatched Nebraska squad on the road. Brad Davison led the way with nine points, three rebounds, and three assists. The win pushed Wisconsin to 15-6 overall and 9-5 in Big Ten play, while Nebraska fell to 4-11 overall and 0-8 in Big Ten play. Wisconsin’s next game will be at home against Michigan on Sunday. Nebraska will get Illinois at home on Friday.