Big Ten Tournament Second Round RecapsPosted by jnowak on March 10th, 2012
Here’s a breakdown of how things went down in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals on Friday in Indianapolis:
- The Hoosiers were playing this quarterfinal game without the services of senior Verdell Jones III, who tore his ACL in the team’s win on Thursday, but did have a hometown crowd behind them. As it turned out, it wouldn’t be enough to silence the unlikeliest of assassins: Wisconsin’s Rob Wilson. The senior, who came into the game averaging just 3.1 points per game, went off for 30 to give Bo Ryan his school record 266th victory. The win for the Badgers was also significant in that the program avoided its fourth straight one-and-done appearance in the tournament, setting a date with Michigan State on Saturday. Now can Wisconsin avoid losing three times in one season to the Spartans?
- It was a game many were watching to see how the Spartans would respond without freshman wing Branden Dawson, who was lost for the year with a torn ACL suffered on Sunday against Ohio State. Those questions were answered by a number of Dawson’s teammates. It was a balanced scoring attack for Michigan State — led by Draymond Green‘s 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in just 24 minutes of play — that had 10 players score in the game. If Adreian Payne (16 points, seven rebounds), Travis Trice (nine points) and Brandon Wood (10 points) can all contribute like this, the Spartans are as much a threat as ever. For Iowa, it’s the end of the road for senior Matt Gatens, who averaged 15.7 PPG this year and finishes sixth all-time in career scoring at Iowa.
Michigan 73, Minnesota 69 (OT)
- Minnesota learned the hard way that if you’re going to pull an upset, you almost always want to do it during regulation. After being outplayed for most of the first half, Michigan scratched and clawed back to control the last few minutes of regulation and most of overtime. Freshman sensation Trey Burke was superb for the Wolverines, going for 30 points on 11-for-14 shooting on the day. But if Michigan is to advance to the championship game, it will likely need production out of more than just Burke and Tim Hardaway, Jr. (combined for 50 points). For Minnesota, there’s a bright future ahead for freshman Andre Hollins, who finished with 21 points and ended the year averaging 19.0 PPG over his last four games.
Ohio State 88, Purdue 71
- For Purdue to have had a shot at beating Ohio State, it was going to need a huge night from Robbie Hummel. The Boilermakers simply don’t have the horses to hang with the Buckeyes and as Ohio State game planned to keep Hummel at bay (six points on 2-for-8 shootint), it was clear Purdue wasn’t going to hang around. It sets up the second of the semifinal matchups — also ensuring that each of the top four seeds advance hold serve — between two rivals in Ohio State and Michigan. It’s also a rubber match, after the two teams split the regular-season series and went on to share the Big Ten title. The one-on-one match-up to keep an eye on is Trey Burke vs. Aaron Craft.