The Big Ten had quite a slate on Sunday with Michigan and Ohio State battling in the early game, Maryland traveling to face Rutgers, Iowa hosting Penn State after that, and Wisconsin and Northwestern battling in the late game.
Let’s take a look at what happened.
Game of the Night:
-No. 3 Michigan Wolverines 92, No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes 87
Talk about a monster matchup. After weeks of anticipation, we finally get to see Michigan and Ohio State face off. This is easily the biggest game of conference play to date and could very well be the biggest matchup of the season nationally. It’s not often you get two top five teams and arch-rivals matching up in the regular season.
The game ended up living up to the hype with multiple lead changes, a litany of three-pointers, and battles down low. All told, Michigan ended up grabbing a narrow win on the road. The victory pushed the Wolverines to 16-1 overall and 11-1 in Big Ten play. Ohio State fell to 18-5 overall and 12-5 in Big Ten play.
For a full breakdown on this game, you can read here.
-No. 11 Iowa Hawkeyes 74, Penn State Nittany Lions 68
This was generally a pretty competitive game. Penn State played pretty well and the team’s defense held up better than many might have expected. Unfortunately for Nittany Lion fans, Luka Garza proved to be too much, finishing with 23 points and 11 rebounds as Iowa secured a win over Penn State. The win pushed Iowa to 17-6 overall and 11-5 in Big Ten play, while Penn State dropped to 7-12 overall and 4-11 in Big Ten play.
Iowa will now get a few days off before a monster showdown against Michigan on the road on Thursday. Penn State will hope to bounce back on the road against Nebraska on Tuesday night.
-Maryland Terrapins 68, Rutgers Scarlet Knights 59
This was probably the most surprising result of the night. While this wasn’t a big enough upset to turn heads nationally, everything here suggested Rutgers would come out on top. The Scarlet Knights seemed to be the better team, were playing better heading into tip, and had already beaten Maryland earlier this season. Instead, Maryland controlled the first half and never looked back en route to a 68-59 win. Aaron Wiggins had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Both teams now find themselves in the midst of some bubble drama. Rutgers seems relatively safe, but Sunday’s loss will take a toll on the team’s resume. Maryland will now get a week off before hosting Michigan State next Sunday in what feels like a must win game. Rutgers will hope to bounce back at home against Indiana on Wednesday.
-No. 21 Wisconsin Badgers 68, Northwestern Wildcats 51
There wasn’t much to see from this one. It seemed like a potential let down game for Wisconsin after tough outings against Michigan and Iowa, but that wouldn’t be the case as the Badgers cruised to an easy win. Wisconsin will now prepare for another marquee games on Saturday at home against Illinois. Northwestern will hope to snap its 13-game skid on Thursday on the road against Minnesota.