NEW YORK – The 2018 Big Ten Tournament is now in full swing from Madison Square Garden.
Thursday will see eight teams take the floor after Wednesday’s first round games. The top four seeds will still wait one more day before they find out their opponents for Friday.
Below you can find quick recaps from each game. (Will update when games become final.)
#9 WISCONSIN 59, #8 MARYLAND 54
In the first game of the day Thursday, points were at a premium between the Terrapins and Badgers.
Wisconsin shot just 36 percent from the field while Maryland shot a slightly higher clip of 44 percent. The Badgers had four players score in double figures led by Ethan Happ who finished with a team-high 14 points. Brad Davison also chipped in 13 in the win.
The game came down to the wire and was tied at 53 after a Kevin Huerter jumper with just over one minute remaining. On the other end, Brevin Pritzl nailed a jumper with 28 seconds left to take the lead. Huerter then went to the line for two free throws, but made just one of two.
The Terrapins couldn’t recover from there and the Badgers came away with the win. Wisconsin moves into the quarterfinal round and will match up with No. 1 seed Michigan State Friday at Noon ET.
What they said:
Maryland coach Mark Turgeon: “I felt like we were fighting uphill all night. We had the lead 24-23, that was the only time we had the lead. We tied it a bunch of times. Really came down to two things: We fouled too darn much and we couldn’t get a rebound when we had to get a rebound.”
Wisconsin coach Greg Gard: “I think today’s game was kind of a epitome or microcosm of how we’ve grown when you only shoot 30 percent for the game and you get to the line that many times and do the job defensively that we did, take care of the ball, rebound the ball the way we rebounded. It’s a credit to these guys to my right and also the guys back in the locker room. How they’ve grown over the last month has been fun to watch and hopefully we’ve got a lot more basketball yet to play.”
#5 MICHIGAN 77, #12 IOWA 71
The first game of the day between Wisconsin and Maryland was exciting, but Iowa and Michigan may have surpassed it.
The Hawkeyes, coming off a win Wednesday night over Illinois, gave the Wolverines all they could handle. Iowa led going into halftime, but Michigan ripped off an 11-0 run to start the first half and take a six point lead.
As the second half wound down, both teams traded big buckets. Charles Matthews made a three to go up by six with just over two minutes then Nicholas Baer answered with a minute left.
After a five-second infraction by Michigan, Jordan Bohanon had a chance to tie it up. He missed. But Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman missed the front end of a one-and-one. From there, Bohanon went down the court and nailed a three to tie it up and send it to overtime.
In overtime, Iowa hung tough, but couldn’t overcome the Wolverines. Michigan advances to the quarterfinals to face Nebraska Friday at approx. 2:30 ET.
What they said:
Michigan coach John Beilein: “I’m proud of our guys, because it was not — if you just look at the stat lines, the only way we could win that game was defense. The foul shots didn’t go in. The 3s didn’t go in. I think one guy made a 3. That was the exact opposite of what we saw at Maryland last week. But we’ll take it. Our defense won the game.”
Iowa coach Fran McCaffery: “They’re [Michigan] long. They’re athletic. They’ve got veteran guys. And they were physical and moved their feet. I don’t think there was anything tricky. Just good, solid, fundamental defense, which you would expect from one of John’s teams.”
#7 PENN STATE 65, #10 NORTHWESTERN 57
The first session provided the fans at Madison Square Garden with loads of drama. The first game of the second session didn’t disappoint either.
Most of the game was played within a 14-point window. Northwestern had a lead as large as seven and Penn State did as well, until late in the game. The Nittany Lions desperately needed a victory to keep alive their postseason hopes.
Led by Tony Carr who finished with 25 points, the Nittany Lions were able to advance. Carr’s 3-pointer with 2:18 remaining put Penn State up seven and Northwestern could never respond.
Even with Northwestern’s 16-3 first half run, Penn State was still able to grab the victory. Putting in 13 shots from behind the arc certainly does help. Penn State will now take on Ohio State Friday at 6:30 ET in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals.
What they said:
Northwestern coach Chris Collins: “It’s always a tough night when your season ends. And I’ve been lucky to coach these guys sitting next to me over the last four years. And I couldn’t have been more proud of the fight that we showed, undermanned, banged up. And we had every reason, even early in the second half, we had every reason to kind of lay down when they hit us with a little spurt. But that’s not who these guys have been. I’m not surprised. We kept fighting.
Penn State coach Pat Chambers: “Really proud of this team. We played without Mike. And we heard all the noise. And these guys really responded and stepped up, played really good Penn State basketball… On the offensive end, obviously these (Tony Carr and Shep Garner) played terrific basketball. But they stayed in that zone and dared us. And these guys stepped up to the challenge.
#14 RUTGERS 76, #6 INDIANA 69
The final game of the day was probably the biggest shocker of day two at Madison Square Garden.
The team that finished last in the Big Ten found themselves down 24-8 midway through the first half. From there, Rutgers caught fire and Indiana went ice cold. The Hoosiers couldn’t get enough stops and shot just 36 percent for the ballgame.
Led by 28 points by Corey Sanders, the Scarlet Knights coasted. The made the big plays when they needed to be made and Indiana couldn’t get it done. The Hoosiers hung around, but it never felt like they would be able to get over the hump.
Indiana had a chance to face rival Purdue in the quarterfinals. Instead, Rutgers will get that matchup at approximately 9:00 ET Friday at Madison Square Garden.
What they said:
Indiana coach Archie Miller: “For our guys, I’m really disappointed. Wish we could have done a better job. They gave everything they had all season long through a lot of ups and downs. Saw a lot of guys grow throughout the course of the year and do some things that a lot of people probably didn’t anticipate. From that standpoint I’m proud of them.”
Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell: “Just real proud day. These guys kept fighting. I’m real happy for Rutgers Nation. Happy for these two guys (Corey Sanders and Deshawn Freeman). All of our seniors. Two stepped up, made big plays. We kind of just hung around and we toughed it out. It was an exciting game. Rutgers Nation got excited, made it loud and proud. A great day today for us, and we get 40 more. So we’re excited about that.”