The Big Ten had two games on Sunday and both had some intrigue. Nebraska hosted Creighton and Minnesota traveled to face Ohio State.
Let’s take a look at what happened.
Game of the Night:
-Ohio State Buckeyes 84, Minnesota Golden Gophers 74
The Buckeyes were solid favorites heading into this one and lived up to that billing, cruising to a 10-point win at home against an overmatched Gopher squad. Jamison Battle was particularly impressive in the win, finishing with 25 points and seven rebounds in his first outing against his old team. Bruce Thornton also had 26 points and five assists.
Ohio State improved to 7-1 overall and 1-0 in Big Ten play with the win. The Buckeyes will now prepare for what should be another win on Wednesday at home against Miami (OH). A win would push the team to 8-1, which would be the program’s best start since the the fall of 2019 in the COVID-19 shortened season.
On the other side, Minnesota fell to 5-3 overall and 0-1 in Big Ten play with the loss. And while the performance wasn’t surprising, it was disappointing to see the Gophers (again) fall short against a quality opponent. Minnesota remains winless against top 250 opponents so far this season. Obviously, that needs to change or it’s going to be another lost season for the program. Minnesota will hope to bounce back at home against Nebraska on Wednesday.
-No. 15 Creighton Bluejays 89, Nebraska Cornhuskers 60
Heading into tip, this projected as one of the more intriguing home games for the Huskers in recent years. Nebraska entered with a perfect 7-0 record and seemed poised to pull off an upset against a really good Creighton squad. The Huskers would need to play well, but the game looked as even as it has been in recent years.
Unfortunately, those predictions didn’t hold up, as Creighton steamrolled Nebraska on its way to a 29-point road win. The Bluejays finished with an impressive 1.24 points per possession and the only Husker to do much in the game was Keisei Tominaga, who finished with 20 points and three rebounds.
Nebraska fell to 7-1 overall with the loss. The Huskers will now try and get back on track against Minnesota on Wednesday. It’s the team’s first road game of the season. KenPom narrowly favors the Huskers.