We are in the second week of January, which means that the college basketball season is officially at the midway point. Through two months, Wisconsin is the only Big Ten team without a loss this season, sitting at a perfect 16-0. The Badgers are joined by Michigan State and Michigan as the only three teams without a conference loss.
Sunday featured a trio of Big Ten men’s basketball games. There were two huge upsets as No. 20 Iowa got the best of No. 3 Ohio State in Columbus, while Northwestern upset No. 23 Illinois in Evanston. Purdue held off Nebraska for its first Big Ten win in the other game.
When Chris Collins took the job at Northwestern, he was aware of the overall perception of the basketball program. “I’m taking over a program that’s been right on the cusp,” Collins said. “They just haven’t been quite able to get over the hump.”
Wednesday and Thursday brought some interesting results on the Big Ten hardwood. Let’s jump right in. After Michigan’s last road game, we opined that the Wolverines were fortunate to leave Minneapolis with a victory. As if to troll us, John Beilein’s team found an even luckier way to win a Big Ten road game, this time in Nebraska’s brand new Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Glenn Robinson III scored a game-high 19 points as Michigan escaped Lincoln with a 71-70 win over Nebraska. With the victory, the Wolverines improved to 3-0 in Big Ten play this season.