The Big Ten had two games on Thursday night and both ended in lopsided wins for the conference. Most eyes focused on Michigan State, who was trying to bounce back after a horrific showing against James Madison earlier in the week.
Let’s take a look at what happened.
Game of the Night:
-No. 4 Michigan State Spartans 74, Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles 51
By now, everyone knows what happened to the Spartans on opening night. Despite entering the season ranked in the top five and openly discussing national title hopes, the program fell flat on its face, falling to James Madison at home. It was a shocking loss that left many Spartan fans uncomfortable about what awaited the team moving forward.
Fortunately for Spartan fans, Michigan State got back on track on Thursday, blowing out Southern Indiana at home. And while the Screaming Eagles haven’t looked particularly good, Michigan State needed a win, regardless of the opponent. Mady Sissoko led the way with 11 points and 10 rebounds. The win pushed the Spartans to 1-1 on the season.
Perhaps the lone concern from the night was Michigan State’s putrid performance from deep, as the Spartans shot a horrific 1-of-11 from three-point range. So far this season, Michigan State is only shooting 6.5 percent from deep, which is 291st nationally. Obviously, that can’t continue if the team has any hope of competing nationally. We’ll have to wait and see if it’s a slump or a trend. Spartan fans are hoping it’s the former.
Michigan State will now prepare for its most difficult game of the season, as the Spartans are set to face off against Duke in Chicago on Tuesday in the Champions Classic. The Blue Devils will be clear favorites. The Spartans will have to hope for an upset.
-Nebraska Cornhuskers 81, Florida A&M Rattlers 54
The Huskers grabbed the team’s second win of the season on Thursday night, running away from Florida A&M. Rienk Mast led the way with 20 points, 16 rebounds, and two assists. Eli Rice also had an encouraging performance with 16 points in 22 minutes. Nebraska’s defense also held up well, allowing only 0.71 points per possession.
Nebraska will return to action on Monday night at home against Rider looking to advance to 3-0 on the season. If the Huskers can get the job done, it would be the first time the program hit that mark under head coach Fred Hoiberg.