The Big Ten had five teams in action on Sunday, including two marquee matchups. The league went on to lose the most difficult games, but won the others.
Let’s take a look at what happened.
Game of the Night:
-Mississippi State Bulldogs 66, Northwestern Wildcats 57
The Wildcats jumped out to a 4-0 start this season, but faced their toughest test on Sunday against a really solid Mississippi State squad. It presented as a major resume opportunity for Northwestern. Unfortunately, the team was unable to get the job done and fell short by a 66-57 final margin. Ty Berry led Northwestern with 14 points in the losing effort.
Northwestern fell to 4-1 with the loss, though it’s hard to complain much about the team’s efforts to date. This was always going to be an uphill battle and the team has done enough through five games to make up for most of this misstep. Fans will hope the Wildcats can bounce back at home against Northern Illinois on Monday, the 27th.
-No. 23 Illinois Fighting Illini 88, Southern Jaguars 60
This game went as expected, with Illinois cruising to a lopsided win over a terrible Southern squad. Terrence Shannon once again led the way for the Illini, finishing with 24 points, four assists, and three rebounds. Dain Dainja also had 12 points.
Illinois improved to 4-1 with the win. The team will now get a few days off before returning to action on Friday at home against Western Illinois. That’s expected to be another lopsided matchup.
-No. 5 Connecticut Huskies 77, Indiana Hoosiers 57
After a disappointing first few outings, Hoosier fans were hoping Indiana could pull off some magic on Sunday and upset the reigning national champs. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned, as the Huskies scored a 20-point win. Indiana was rough on both sides of the court and the only bright spot might have been Malik Reneau, who finished with 18 points and three rebounds.
Indiana fell to 3-1 overall with the loss. The Hoosiers will return to action against Louisville on Monday night. That projects as a much more manageable game.
-No. 18 Michigan State Spartans 81, Alcorn State Braves 49
The Spartans cruised in this one, grabbing a really lopsided win against an overmatched Alcorn State squad. Tre Holloman led the way for Michigan State with 17 points, five assists, and one rebound. Jaden Akins also had 13 points. Notably, the team finally showed some life from three-point range, shooting 40 percent for the night.
Michigan State improved to 3-2 overall with the win. The team will now prepare for Arizona in Palm Spring, California on Thursday. Expect an absolute battle in that one.
-Ohio State Buckeyes 73, Western Michigan Broncos 56
The Buckeyes were another team that scored an easy win on Sunday as Ohio State cruised past Western Michigan. Bruce Thornton led the way with 12 points and five assists. Roddy Gayle also had 13 points. Ohio State improved to 3-1 overall with the win. The team will now prepare for Alabama in Florida on Friday. That one figures to be an uphill battle.