The easy narrative for Wisconsin’s win over Iowa is that Fran McCaffrey was hit with a double technical foul when his team held a 2-point lead, and that those four points gave Wisconsin the lead, the momentum, and the margin of victory.
“Rise to the Occasion.” That slogan was featured prominently on Michigan’s Adidas warmup shirts during last year’s memorable NCAA basketball tournament run.
Ben Brust scored a game-high 19 points as Wisconsin remained perfect with an impressive 75-71 come-from-behind victory over Iowa on Sunday night. In other Big Ten action, Michigan ran past Northwestern, 74-51, while Minnesota edged Purdue, 82-79.
It’s finally here: My first edition of Big Ten Three-Pointers, my weekly fun and informative look back and forward around the Big Ten hardwood. We offer up scoreboards and other features like BTN Connect daily, of course, but I like to take a concentrated look at the week in one special take. I also have a few notes for you to keep in mind before we dive in.
Thursday brought conference openers for the four Big Ten teams that didn’t get going on New Year’s Eve. One game was a laugher, and one was a barn burner. Let’s dive right in.
The first two Big Ten men’s basketball games of 2014 are in the books. Minnesota and Michigan battled until the Wolverines won 63-60. Jon Horford scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help Michigan withstand another loss of one of its star players and beat Minnesota 63-60 on Thursday night.