This week in Big Ten basketball, Penn State finally pieced it altogether and pulled off a major upset at home over Michigan, and Illinois has now won five of their last six, including wins over two ranked opponents. Joe Wisekamp also hit a huge buzzer-beater to lift Iowa over Rutgers. Let’s get into the games!
Game Scores & Mini-recaps:
6 Michigan vs. Penn State: Penn State 75, Michigan 69
Penn State built a 13 point halftime lead and fought off a late rally in an upset win over Michigan. Michigan shot 5 percent better than Penn State from the field, but Penn State drew 21 total fouls. Lamar Stevens led Penn State with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Charles Matthews had 24 for the Wolverines.
11 Michigan State vs. 20 Wisconsin: Michigan State 67, Wisconsin 59
Michigan State shot 41 percent from three and picked up another solid conference win over Wisconsin. Cassius Winston had 23 points, six rebounds, and six assists. Kenny Goins and Nick Ward were also in double-figures, and Ethan Happ led Wisconsin with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
12 Purdue vs. 24 Maryland: Maryland 70, Purdue 56
Maryland held the number 12 team in the nation to just 56 points as they picked up another big win. Purdue got 24 points from Carsen Edwards in the loss, but shot a poor 8-of-27. Five Terrapins were in double figures, including Bruno Fernando who had a 12 point, 12 rebound double-double.
Rutgers vs. Northwestern: Rutgers 59, Northwestern 56
Geo Baker and Montez Mathis each had 12 points to lead Rutgers to a home win over Northwestern. Eugene Omoruyi added 11 points and seven rebounds. Vic Law had 17 points, and A.J. Turner had 11 points for Northwestern.
Minnesota vs. Nebraska: Nebraska 62, Minnesota 61
James Palmer Jr. hit two free-throws with a second left as Nebraska survived at home against Minnesota. Palmer Jr. had 24 points on the night, and Glynn Watson Jr. had 19 points. Jordan Murphy led Minnesota with 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Daniel Oturu had 16.
Illinois vs. Ohio State: Illinois 63, Ohio State 56
Ohio State was held to just 36 percent shooting at home as Illinois came into town to stun the Buckeyes and continue their strong play. Trent Frazier and Ayo Dosunmu each had 15 points, and Giorgi Bezhanishvilli had 13 points and seven rebounds. C.J. Jackson had 17 points for Ohio State, and the Wessons combined for 21 points and 10 rebounds.
24 Maryland vs. 6 Michigan: Michigan 65, Maryland 52
Despite Cassius Winston being out, Michigan still played well and got a win over a ranked Maryland team at home. Ignas Brazdeikas, Charles Matthews, and Zavier Simpson all were in double-figures for the Wolverines. Aaron Wiggins led Maryland with 15 points and six boards off of the bench.
Penn State vs. 12 Purdue: Purdue 76, Penn State 64
Purdue bounced back from their poor shooting night last game to shoot 52 percent and get a win over Penn State. Carsen Edwards had 21 points to pace Purdue, and Matt Haarms had 18 points and six rebounds. Lamar Stevens had 18 points and Rasir Bolton had 17 points for the Nittany Lions.
21 Iowa vs. Rutgers: Iowa 71, Rutgers 69
Joe Wisekamp hit an improbable baseline three-pointer off of the glass at the buzzer as Iowa stunned Rutgers in New Jersey. Jordan Bohannon led Iowa with 18 points and five assists, Isaiah Moss had 17, and Tyler Cook had 12 points and seven rebounds. Ron Harper Jr. had 16 for Rutgers, and Eugene Omoruyi had 10 points and 11 boards.
Indiana vs. Minnesota: Minnesota 84, Indiana 63
Jordan Murphy had a huge 23 point, 11 rebound double-double as Minnesota blew out Indiana at home. Gabe Kalscheur also had 20 points, While Aaron Coffey had 18 points, seven assists, and six rebounds. Juwan Morgan led Indiana with 14 points and eight rebounds.
Northwestern vs. Nebraska: Nebraska 59, Northwestern 50
Isaiah Roby had 19 points and 16 rebounds, along with five blocks to pace Nebraska in a win over Nebraska. James Palmer Jr. and Glynn Watson Jr. were also in double figures for the winners. Vic Law had 15 points and Derek Pardon had 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Ohio State vs. 11 Michigan State: Michigan State 62, Ohio State 54
Ohio State was held to just 32 percent shooting on the road as they were blown out by Michigan State. Matt McQuaid had 14 points, and Cassius Winston had 13 points and eight assists for the Spartans. Kaleb Wesson led the Buckeyes with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Standings & Rankings:
7 Michigan, 23-3 (12-3)
10 Michigan State, 21-5 (12-3)
15 Purdue, 18-7 (11-3)
24 Maryland, 19-7 (10-5)
21 Iowa, 20-5 (9-5)
22 Wisconsin, 17-8 (9-5)
Minnesota, 17-9 (7-8)
Ohio State, 16-9 (6-8)
Illinois, 10-15 (6-8)
Nebraska, 15-11 (5-10)
Rutgers, 12-13 (5-10)
Indiana, 13-12 (4-10)
Northwestern, 12-13 (3-11)
Penn State, 9-16 (2-12)