The Big Ten had four games on Sunday and three came against quality competition. Perhaps the most intriguing involved Indiana and Penn State.
Let’s take a look at what happened.
Game of the Night:
-Indiana Hoosiers 89, Harvard Crimson 76
After a frustrating first few weeks of the season, Indiana went to Indianapolis for its final non-conference game before the start of Big Ten action to face off against Harvard. And while the Crimson weren’t what they were a few years ago, Harvard was a respectable enough squad capable of pulling off an upset.
Fortunately for Hoosier fans, Indiana found a way to get the job done and eventually grabbed a 13-point win. Kel’el Ware led the way with 28 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. Mackenzie Mgbako also had 18 points. The win pushed Indiana to 5-1 on the season, with the only loss coming in New York City to UConn.
Indiana will now prepare for quite a slate of games over the coming days, with Maryland at home on Friday, Michigan on the road on December 5th, and Auburn in Atlanta on December 9th. The Hoosiers desperately need to grab a win or two there.
-San Francisco Dons 76, Minnesota Golden Gophers 58
After the missteps against Missouri early this month, Gopher fans were hoping Minnesota would perform better in its second real test of the season. Unfortunately, the team underwhelmed yet again and fell by a 76-58 final margin. Dawson Garcia once again led the effort with 19 points and six rebounds.
Minnesota fell to 4-2 overall with the loss. The Gophers will hope to regroup for the team’s return home on Thursday against New Orleans. It’s the team’s final tune up before Big Ten play begin on the road against Ohio State on Sunday.
-Nebraska Cornhuskers 85, Cal State Fullerton Titans 72
After beating a quality Duquesne team on Wednesday, Nebraska got an easier one on Sunday against Cal State. The Huskers earned a 13-point win. Rienk Mast led the way with 19 points, nine rebounds, and three assists. Nebraska improved to 7-0 with the victory and will now prepare for a massive game against Creighton at home on Saturday. A win there and the Huskers can start dreaming about March.
-VCU Rams 86, Penn State Nittany Lions 74
This is going to be a painful one for Nittany Lion fans to stomach. Not only because it marked the team’s third straight loss, but also because of who it came against. Penn State hired Mike Rhoades out of VCU last spring, hoping he could keep the Nittany Lions at the level the program experienced last season. Losing to his old school isn’t exactly a great statement about that trend.
Penn State fell to 4-3 overall with the loss. Perhaps the biggest issue was limited time for Kanye Clary, who suffered an injury. The Nittany Lions will hope to bounce back at home against Bucknell on Saturday.