Minnesota propelled itself back into the field of 68 with a decisive win over Iowa at home. The Gopher defense has been much-maligned this season (this is the second-worst defense in the Big Ten), but that doesn’t matter when you shoot 58 percent from 3 and 63 percent on 2s.
There was more craziness in the Big Ten on Tuesday night. Minnesota upset No. 19 Iowa, 95-89, to improve its NCAA tourney resume and send the Hawkeyes to back-to-back losses for the first time this season. No. 14 Wisconsin rallied from a 10-point deficit to down Indiana, 69-58.
At first glance it’s not a great menu of games this week, but we all know anything can happen. As the Big Ten hits the homestretch of the season, Michigan has a one-game lead in the title chase and the Wolverines should cruise in its two games this week. Michigan State sits one game out and Wisconsin trails by two. Can the Spartans and Badgers keep pace?
If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. Tonight our experts discuss this question: Which Big Ten men’s hoops team do you think is the best right now? Your choices for this Twitter poll: #BTNMichigan, #BTNMSU, #BTNWisconsin, or #BTNIowa.
The latest AP and Coaches polls came out Monday, and surging Wisconsin leads Big Ten teams at No. 14 in both. Michigan, fresh off its impressive victory over rival Michigan State, comes in No. 16 in each poll, followed by the aforementioned Spartans (No. 18/18), Iowa (No. 20/19) and Ohio State (No. 22/20).
First, a recap of the weekend’s games. But jump to the end for our take on the Big Ten’s best defensive players so far this season. Or as I’ve come to know it—Our Annual Solicitation of Hate Mail from Buckeye Fans.