The Big Ten only had two games on Thursday night, highlighted by an intriguing matchups between Minnesota and Missouri. Unfortunately, the results for the league weren’t encouraging.
Let’s take a look at what happened.
Game of the Night:
-Missouri Tigers 70, Minnesota Golden Gophers 68
Entering Thursday’s matchup, this presented as a great opportunity for the Gophers. Minnesota had showed some promise so far this season and got to face one of the more beatable Power Five teams at home. If the team could just take care of business, it could walk away with a valuable win to build on moving forward.
And early on, things looked that way. Minnesota controlled much of the first half and looked to be in good shape to pull away with the way for much of the second half as well. Unfortunately, the team fell part in the closing minutes, allowing a 16-3 run for the Tigers en route to a 70-68 loss. Noah Carter led the Tigers with 13 points and six rebounds. Dawson Garcia was Minnesota’s top scorer with 16 points and nine rebounds.
The loss dropped Minnesota to 2-1 overall, but it’s hard to overstate how much of a gut punch this will be for the Gophers in coming weeks. Minnesota should have won this game. The only reason the team lost was an absolute collapse down the stretch. And that’s going to be tough to stomach, especially as things get even tougher in the weeks and months ahead. Instead of having something to build off, Minnesota now needs to make up for Thursday night. It’s not a great spot for the team.
Minnesota will return to action on Saturday at home against USC Upstate. KenPom favors the Gophers by double-digits.
-Indiana Hoosiers 89, Wright State Raiders 80
For the third game in a row, Indiana entered a matchup against a mid-major opponent at home and thoroughly underwhelmed. The Hoosiers did it against Florida Gulf Coast and Army last week and continued it on Thursday against Wright State. The final stats will show a win, but little from the matchup looked encouraging for the team’s hopes moving forward. Kel’el Ware finishing with 22 points and 12 rebounds potentially being the only exception.
Indiana now sits at 3-0 overall. The team is now slated to travel east to face UConn on Sunday in New York City. KenPom has the Hoosiers as double-digit underdogs and it’s hard to disagree. There was nothing from Thursday’s effort suggesting Indiana will be knocking off the reigning champs over the weekend.