Most of the opponents on Ohio State's schedule this year only played one game last week, with a few pulling double duty and hitting the hardwood twice. Purdue was one of those teams that played two games and scored a nice win on the road against West Virginia on Sunday. The most exciting win of the week though was earned by Illinois over Missouri in a game that came down to the final seconds. The only team that KYEOYE recaps that didn't see the floor was Wisconsin, who got a early start on their Christmas break
Marquette (7-5): WIN v. Ball State (91-53), LOSS v. New Mexico (75-68):
Marquette split the two games they played last week, beating Ball State 91-53 at home before losing to New Mexico 75-68 on Saturday night in Las Vegas. In the win against Ball State, Marquette had seven players reach double figures in scoring, and were led by the 14 points from Chris Otule. The Golden Eagles jumped out to an early lead and went to half with a 42-24 advantage on the Cardinals. Juan Anderson had 6 of the 17 steals that Marquette was able to record, as Ball State had trouble passing the 50-point mark.
The week didn't end on quite as high of a note for Marquette in Las Vegas, but they can't say they didn't have a chance to beat New Mexico. The Golden Eagles came out of the gates firing, hitting 58% from the field in the first half. The hot shooting didn't carry over to the second half, with their field goal percentage dipping to 36% in the half, as New Mexico outscored Marquette 45-31. Jake Thomas hit four three-pointers on his way to 17 points to lead Marquette. The Golden Eagles will try and return to the win column on Saturday when they host Samford.
Maryland (7-5): LOSS v. Boston University (83-77):
Maryland continually shot themselves in the foot on Saturday when they in College Park at the hands of the Boston Terriers. The 83-77 loss was the third defeat in the last five games for the Terrapins on the season. The downfall for Mark Turgeon's team was 17 turnovers and only shooting 15-26 from the charity stripe. Maryland led Boston 56-55 with just over 9 minutes to play, but a 7-0 run from the Terriers put them ahead for good. Dez Wells led the Terrapins with 18 points to go along with 9 rebounds while Evan Smotrcyz registered a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Maryland will try and rebound from the loss when they host Tulsa on Sunday.
Notre Dame (8-4): LOSS v. #3 Ohio State (64-61):
Notre Dame was looking to win their second straight game against a Big Ten team, and was 1:15 away from handing Ohio State their first loss of the season, but then the Buckeyes turned up the press to quickly close the gap. Our Adam Woodard wrote an in-depth recap of the thrilling comeback victory for the Buckeyes just after the game went final. The Fighting Irish will have some time to think about the loss before they return to action on Sunday against Canisius.
Purdue (10-3): WIN v. Maryland-Eastern Shore (79-50), WIN at West Virginia (73-70):
Following their loss to Butler, the Boilermakers rebounded with two wins last week to finish their non-conference schedule with ten wins. In the first game of the week, Purdue was able to empty out their bench, playing 15 players in the 79-50 win in the win over Maryland-Eastern Shore. 12 of the 15 players that played in the game scored, with Terone Johnson leading the way with 14 points. Maryland-Eastern Shore didn't find the iron kind at Mackey Arena, only hitting 34% of their shots in the blowout loss.
Sunday afternoon Purdue traveled to Morgantown and escaped with a 73-70 win over West Virginia. Johnson again led the Boilermakers in scoring, this time registering 20 points, none bigger than the three free throws he hit in the final 36 seconds to seal the game. Terone's brother Ronnie Johnson added 14 points for Purdue, while A.J. Hammons was strong on the defensive end with 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. The Boilermakers will kick off conference play on New Years Eve against Ohio State.
Nebraska (8-3): WIN v. The Citadel (77-62):
Nebraska found themselves in a fight with The Citadel, as the teams were tied at 51 before the Cornhuskers went on a 26-11 run to close the game. A dunk from Terran Petteway gave Nebraska the lead for good, and Petteway went on to end the game with 27 points. Shavon Shields added 17 points and Leslee Smith notched a double-idouble with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Next up for Nebraska will be a tough game on the road against Cincinnati on Saturday before opening up conference play next week.
#5 Michigan State (10-1): WIN v. North Florida (78-48), WIN at Texas (92-78):
Michigan State was easily able to deal with some injuries early in the week against North Florida before heading into Austin on Saturday and beating a Texas team that had some momentum after beating North Carolina earlier in the week. Gary Harris (ankle), Matt Costello (mononucleosis), and Travis Trice (foot blister) all missed the game against North Florida, but they weren't needed against the overmatched Ospreys. The Spartans jumped out to a 21-4 lead to start the game on their way to a 50-19 halftime lead. Adreian Payne scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half and Branden Dawson added 12 points.
Gary Harris returned against Texas, scoring 19 points off the bench, but the big star in the game was again Payne for Michigan State. In a game that was tight most of the way, Payne scored a career-high 33 points. The performance was huge for the Spartans as Keith Appling was off his game while dealing with a hip pointer, only shooting 2-11 from the field. Dawson again was solid as well for Michigan State, going for a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Michigan State will host New Orleans on Saturday before diving into Big Ten play.
#25 Iowa (11-2): WIN v. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (86-61):
The Hawkeyes left no doubt early, jumping out to a 39-5 lead to start the game to blowout a road-weary Arkansas-Pine Bluff squad. Josh Oglesby made his season debut after missing the first 12 games of the season due to a broken foot and didn't take long to get into the swing of things, scoring 13 points in the contest. Jared Uthoff added 16 points for the Hawkeyes. The only fault that could be found with Iowa in the game was the 27 turnovers they committed, but they jumped out to such a big early lead that it didn't factor in the decision of the game. Arkansas-Pine Bluff is in the middle of playing 15 straight games away from their home court to start the season, and won't play on their homecourt until January 18th. The win wrapped up Iowa's non-conference schedule and now they'll have some time to rest before playing Nebraska on New Years Eve.
Minnesota (10-2): WIN v. Nebraska-Omaha (92-79):
In a surprising halftime score, Minnesota and Nebraska-Omaha were tied at 44-44 before the Golden Gophers pulled away in the second half for a 44-44 victory on Friday night. Transfers were a big portion of offense for Minnesota in the win as DeAndre Mathieu led the way with 27 points and Malik Smith hit five three-pointers in his way to 19 points. Mathieu was a JUCO transfer while Smith followed head coach Richard Pitino from Florida International to Minnesota. Andre Hollins was able to add 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Golden Gophers in victory. Now Minnesota will host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi before meeting Michigan the day after New Years.
Illinois (10-2): WIN v. #23 Missouri (65-64):
Tracy Abrams hit two free throws with 4.6 seconds gave Illinois a victory in a wild game over Missouri on Saturday in St. Louis. Those free throws gave Abrams a season-high 22 points, and also led the Fighting Illini in the game. It was a wild final minute in St. Louis as Jon Ekey hit a three-pointer with 48 seconds to go to give Illinois a 63-61 lead, which Missouri answered with a three-pointer of their own to put the ahead 64-63 with 15 seconds to go before Abrams was sent to the line after driving to the hoop. Rayvonte Rice added 14 points as Illinois snapped a four-game losing streak against Missouri. Next up for Illinois is a game against in-state foe Illinois-Chicago on Saturday in Champaign.
Penn State (9-4): WIN v. Mount St. Mary's (92-82):
Transfer John Johnson came up clutch for the Nittany Lions, scoring 15 of his 20 points in the game as Penn State closed out the game on a 12-2 run to down Mount St. Mary's. Johnson, a transfer from Pittsburgh, was playing in his first game for Penn State and didn't take long to introduce himself to Nittany Lion fans. He wasn't the only one to have a strong game, with D.J. Newbill scoring 18 points and Tim Frazier putting up 15 points and 6 assists, including scoring the basket that gave Penn State the lead for good. Now Pat Chambers' team will have some time to try and put together a plan for when they face Michigan Stats on New Years Eve.
#4 Wisconsin (12-0): No games played last week:
Wisconsin didn't have any games scheduled last week and ensured they would take their undefeated record and top-5 ranking into an extended Christmas break. The Badgers should be able to keep their perfect record intact when they host Prairie View A&M on Saturday.
Michigan (7-4): WIN v. Stanford (68-65):
While Ohio State was playing at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, Michigan had a close game of their own in Brooklyn against Stanford at the Barclays Center. Unlike the Buckeyes, Michigan took the lead with five minutes gone in the first half and didn't need a furious comeback to notch their victory, not relinquishing the lead the rest of the game. Nik Stauskas was high-scorer for the Wolverines with 19 points, and Glenn Robinson III added 17 points. Michigan was able to keep the lead all game because they were careful with the basketball, only turning it over eight times against the Cardinal. Now Michigan will try and build off this win, welcoming Holy Cross to the Crisler Center on Saturday.
Northwestern (7-5): WIN v. Mississippi Valley State (86-64), WIN v. Brown (58-52):
Northwestern was able to easily defeat Mississippi Valley State earlier last week before squeaking out a win against Brown on Sunday. The star of the week for the Wildcats was Drew Crawford, who put up 26 points and 10 rebounds against MVSU and following it up with 24 points against Brown. Alex Olah and Tre Demps added 18 points each in the victory over MVSU, but they were missing leading scorer JerShon Cobb who missed both games last week with a ankle injury. Northwestern could've really used Cobb against Brown, as they only shot 35.6% from the floor. Had Brown shot better than 31.7% they might have been able to pull out the win. Next Northwestern will ry and take down a fellow Chicago team when they meet up with DePaul on Friday.
Indiana (10-3): WIN v. Nicholls State (79-66), WIN v. Kennesaw State (90-66):
Indiana earned their 37th and 38th straight non-conference wins at home against lesser non-conference opponents. The Hoosiers were sloppy against Nicholls State on Friday, committing 20 turnovers, which prevented them from winning by an even larger number. Yogi Ferrell scored 16 points and dished out a season-high 8 assists in the contest, and Will Sheehey and Jeremy Holloway each scored 14 points.
A couple days later against Kennesaw State, the Hoosiers shot a season-high 62.7% from the field on their way to scoring 90 points or more for the fifth time this season. Ferrell again paced Indiana with 25 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds. Freshman Noah Vonieh just missed a double-double in the game as he posted 14 points and 9 rebounds. The size advantage for Indiana was evident with the Hoosiers putting up a season-high 58 points in the paint. The win closes out Indiana's non-conference schedule and they'll open up Big Ten play on New Years Eve in Champaign against Illinois.