There were seven Big Ten men’s basketball games on Friday, including Michigan’s impressive 82-80 overtime win over Florida State. Sophomore Nik Stauskas scored a game-high 26 points, including seven in overtime, as the Wolverines erased a 16-point second-half deficit.
The consensus amongst, well, everyone, was that Nebraska was set to finish last in the Big Ten this year. And we’re still very early in the season, so it’s premature to start upsetting the prediction apple cart too much based on a handful of games. But it’s impossible not to notice the fact that Tim Miles’ team is well ahead of where most figured it would be this year. To wit, the Huskers entered the season ranked as the #123 team in the Pomeroy ratings, which reflects an assessment of how last year’s team played, along with what players they have returning to and entering into the program. But after last night’s tough loss to a good UMass team, Nebraska checks in at number 74.
There were five Big Ten men’s basketball games on Thursday, including Wisconsin’s impressive 88-64 win over Bowling Green. The Badgers had six players score in double figures, led by Ben Brust, who had a game-high 19 points. This is the first time Wisconsin has had back-to-back 80-plus point games since December, 2012.
The early basketball signing period started last Wednesday, Nov. 13, and ends today. The Big Ten had a decent haul.
It was a busy day in Big Ten men’s basketball, as seven teams were in action. No. 8 Michigan was upset at Iowa State, while No. 23 Indiana had no trouble with Stony Brook. Get all the scores, stats and video highlights from Sunday’s action in this post.
Tom Crean and Indiana honored referee Ed Hightower in the closing moments of the team’s convincing 105-59 win over Samford on Friday night. Hightower, the longtime and high-profile Big Ten ref, was officiating his final game at Assembly Hall. Watch Crean and the Hoosiers honor Hightower in this post.