Illinois shocked Minnesota in the Barn on Wednesday, dealing a serious blow to the Gophers’ NCAA tournament hopes. Minnesota actually got off to a great start in this game, leading 14-3 after eight minutes, but it was all Illinois after that. The Gophers had a terrible night from the outside (4-for-25, 16 percent), and the turnovers mounted as they tried to make plays going to the basket.
If there is a theme to this Big Ten season, it would be “expect the unexpected.” Down is up … up is down … in is out … out is in. You get the idea. Each week is like a roller-coaster, as upsets seemingly have become the norm. Heck, we even had one last night, with last-place Illinois winning at Minnesota.
The Iowa basketball team sent out a release Wednesday morning asking fans who are attending Saturday’s game vs. Wisconsin to wear gold and be in their seats by 10:45 a.m. CT, 15 minutes before tip. The reason: Iowa will instruct fans on how to do Carver-Hawkeye Arena’s inaugural card stunt.
We’re in the home stretch of conference play, so it feels an appropriate time to check in on the play of the Big Ten’s freshmen. Who has the inside track on freshman of the year? What youngsters are doing more than you realized? Let’s find out.
Tuesday’s Iowa-Indiana game was postponed due to a piece of metal that fell from the ceiling and damaged seats in the lower part of Section F, which is located in the northwest corner of the building. See a video of the metal falling and pictures of the damage in this post.
I long for the days when every Big Ten school played twice every season. It was a symmetrical schedule that crowned a true champ in a neat and tidy 18-game league schedule. The only thing missing was a bow on top.