Busy, busy post-finals week day in the Big Ten. Here’s what happened last night:
Indiana, of all teams, is the lone unbeaten left in the Big Ten after struggling with a plodding Notre Dame in the second game of the Crossroads Classic. Cody Zeller was dominant at times with 21 points and eight rebounds, as the Hoosiers have now beaten an SEC, ACC and Big East team.
It’s going to get harder, however. After UMBC and Howard, Indiana should be 12-0 heading into the Big Ten – and a road game against Michigan State and then home for Ohio State and Michigan. That could be 12-3.
Either way, this is the first time Indiana has been 10-0 since 1999.
The Boilermakers absolutely collapsed down the stretch in the first game of the Crossroads Classic against a Butler team that was 0-for-Indiana coming into the game (losses to Indiana, Evansville, Ball State and Valpo).
Purdue (9-3) led 46-31 before the Bulldogs steadily chipped away, capped by Andrew Smith’s tip-in with a second to play. Tough, tough loss.
Robbie Hummel led Purdue with 16 points.
The big news out of this one was Jared Sullinger left the game with an injured foot. X-rays turned out to be negative, but not before former Buckeye Mark Titus did his part to freak everyone out on Twitter.
“No way Sully has just a bruised foot. I honestly don’t know what it is, but I’d be shocked if OSU isn’t downplaying his injuries. Not good,” Titus Tweeted here and here. “Not saying Jared has something really serious going on, but trust me when I say OSU would tell media an amputated limb was just a sprain.”
The Buckeyes who didn’t break during the game were led by Deshaun Thomas, who scored 30.
Ohio State is 10-1.
Illinois again struggled to score, and this time it caught up with them as the Runnin’ Rebels gave the Illini their first loss of the season – and added another signature win to go with their earlier upset of No. 1 North Carolina.
D.J. Richardson scored 19 for the Illini and everyone else … well, didn’t.
“They punked us basically,” Richardson said. “We weren’t strong enough to fight back.”
Hate to be punked (haven’t heard that word used in that way since maybe high school – good times).
Michigan State continued its winning ways with a 14-point win over Bowling Green. … Michigan snuck by Alabama A&M 87-57. … Northwestern struggled mightily with Central Connecticut State before winning by six. … Nebraska beat Alcorn State by two touchdowns. … And Iowa finally beat another team from Iowa with a win over Drake.