Decided I’m gonna start dropping my Big Ten blogs at 10 AM from now on. Does that piss you off? If it does just take a deep breath, it’s a Monday morning. Too early to be getting angry.
With just one football game left to play this season, we’re rapidly approaching the time of year where college basketball is king. There’s no better time than now to lock in and check out what’s happening in the Big Ten. Let’s recap what happened this weekend
#7 Michigan 70, Purdue 53
The top team in the conference stayed hot on Friday night, as the Wolverines moved to 8-1 in Big Ten play and 13-1 overall with a win over Purdue. Isaiah Livers led the way for Michigan. The senior forward was unbelievable, recording a double-double with 22 points & 10 rebounds in 39 minutes.
Purdue will look to bounce back as they host Minnesota Saturday.
However, it wasn’t all good news for Michigan this weekend. The university announced in a press release that the state department of health and human services has closed all facilities and paused all University of Michigan teams and activities for up to 14 days. This comes following some positive tests for the new strain of COVID-19. It’ll be interesting to see how this affects the Wolverines, as they could miss up to four games due to the layoff.
Maryland 63, #17 Minnesota 49
Maryland pulled off a road upset in Minneapolis on Saturday afternoon. Junior guard Eric Ayala led the way for the Terrapins with 21 points, while Marcus Carr had 25 of his own in a losing effort. It was a nice way to rebound after a lopsided loss to Michigan on Wednesday.
This was the Golden Gophers’ only game of the week after their game with Nebraska set for Wednesday was cancelled. They’ll head to Purdue for a matchup with the Boilermakers on Saturday. Maryland will host Wisconsin in College Park on Wednesday.
#15 Ohio State 74, #10 Wisconsin 62
The Buckeyes came out on top in the only matchup of the weekend that featured two ranked teams. Sophomore EJ Liddell was the game-high scorer with 20 points, as he continues to prove he’s OSU’s best player.
This was a nice response from Ohio State after a tough loss to Purdue on Wednesday. They’ll look to keep the momentum as they host Penn State in Columbus on Wednesday. As for the Badgers, they finished the week 1-1 after beating Northwestern Wednesday. Wisconsin will visit Maryland next.
Penn State 81, Northwestern 78
The Nittany Lions picked up their second conference win of the week after starting 0-5 in Big Ten play. Junior guard Izaiah Brockington led Penn State with a game-high 21 points, and sophomore forward Seth Lundy added 16 of his own.
Northwestern continues their dreadful run, losing their seventh consecutive game after starting conference play 3-0. They’ll look to end that streak when they host Rutgers on Sunday.
Penn State was scheduled to play Michigan Wednesday, but now their next game will come against Wisconsin Saturday.
Rutgers 74, Indiana 70
Rutgers finally ended their five-game losing streak with a huge road win over Indiana on Sunday afternoon. The Hoosiers were coming off a win over Iowa, and while it was a back-and-forth contest, the Scarlet Knights proved to be too much.
The best sign for Rutgers? Senior guard Geo Baker looked much better than he has recently. Baker had a game-high 19 points, hitting four three pointers & adding five assists.
Rutgers will host Michigan State Thursday night. Indiana’s next scheduled game was also Michigan, so they likely won’t play again until they host Illinois on 2/2.
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