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Big Ten Roundup: Maryland Seals the Deal

Indiana-Illinois Could Be the Best Weekend Matchup

After coming up just short in its first meeting against Big Ten-leading Purdue, Maryland had no such issues on Thursday night.

The Terrapins outscored the third-ranked Boilermakers 43-26 in the second half to pick up a win that could be crucial when it comes time for the March Madness bracket to be finalized.

Matthew Mayer #24 of the Illinois Fighting Illini | Justin casterline/getty images/afp

Following the shooting on the Michigan State campus, athletic events are being postponed, and that included Wednesday’s men’s basketball game against Minnesota. The Spartans return to the court to meet rival Michigan this weekend.

Purdue fell two spots to No. 3 in both national polls. The Boilermakers did pick up first-place votes in both the Associated Press and coaches’ polls. Expect the Boilermakers to tumble a bit when the new rankings come out.

Purdue did drop from fourth to fifth in the NCAA NET Rankings after the loss to Maryland. It is the type of defeat that could cost the Boilermakers a No. 1 seed when the March Madness brackets come out. Indiana moved up one spot to No. 17 with Maryland now 19th.

Indiana is 14th in the AP poll and 15th in the coaches’ poll. No other Big Ten teams are in the top 25. That could change if Northwestern takes care of business this weekend. Iowa and Rutgers also are receiving votes in both polls and Maryland is landing on some ballot in the coaches’ poll.

Purdue (+850) is tied for second in the odds to win the national championship. Indiana (+2800) is tied for 12th.

Here’s a look at the upcoming games in the Big Ten with some odds and betting information to consider.

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Game of The Week

Illinois vs Indiana

  • Date, time (TV): Saturday, Feb. 18, Noon ET (ESPN)

Players might want to tread carefully during their drives to the hoop as Illinois and Indiana rank first and second in the Big Ten in blocked shots per game.

Since Indiana’s upset of Purdue, the Hoosiers have averaged just 63.3 points. Trayce Jackson-Davis has 71 points and 39 rebounds in the games against Rutgers, Michigan and Northwestern. The offensive woes didn’t cost the Hoosiers (18-8, 9-6 Big Ten) in the first two games, but it did result in a loss to Northwestern to fall into third place.

Illinois (17-8, 8-6) is coming off a forgettable performance against Penn State. The Nittany Lions shot 58% from the field to waste the eighth 20-point game of the season by Terrence Shannon.

The road team has won each of the last four games in the series and four of the last five meetings finished under the total.

Rest of the Schedule

Rutgers vs Wisconsin

  • Date, time (TV): Saturday, Feb. 18, Noon ET (Big Ten Network)

Don’t expect a high-scoring affair with Rutgers 11th and Wisconsin 13th among 14 conference teams in field goal percentage. One of the main differences is that Rutgers is the best defensive team in the conference while Wisconsin ranks near the bottom of the conference in field goal percentage defense.

Rutgers (16-10, 8-7) has dropped three games in a row and enters the game tied for eighth in the Big Ten. Wisconsin (15-10, 7-8) is sitting in 10th place.

The Badgers are last in the conference in rebounding and rebounding margin while Rutgers has made the second-fewest 3-pointers in the conference.

Four of the last six times that Rutgers and Wisconsin have squared off, the game finished over the total.

Wisconsin has won three of the last four meetings and covered in each of those wins.

Michigan State vs Michigan

  • Date, time (TV): Saturday, Feb. 18, 8:00 p.m. ET (FOX)

There will be some heavy hearts as Michigan State prepares to return to the court after the tragic events on campus.

Michigan State is just 1½ games out of second place in the conference standings. Michigan could tie the Spartans in the standings with a win.

Michigan State (16-9, 8-6) relies on seniors Tyson Walker and Joey Hauser as well as junior A.J. Hoggard to lead the offense. For Michigan (14-12, 8-7), freshman Jett Howard and sophomore Kobe Bufkin are asked to provide offensive support for leading scorer Hunter Dickinson.

After the previous two matchups were decided by 16 and 17 points, the teams got after it in the Jan. 7 meeting with the Spartans winning 59-53. Both teams shooting under 40% from the field.

Penn State vs Minnesota

  • Date, time (TV): Saturday, Feb. 18, 9:00 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network)

It has been a tough year for Minnesota with just one conference win. Is there hope for the Golden Gophers? Perhaps, since Penn State is 1-7 on the road. The Nittany Lions are coming off an impressive win over Illinois thanks to 41 points and eight assists from Jalen Pickett.

Minnesota (7-16, 1-12) has dropped eight games in a row with each of the last four games being decided by an average of 25.5 points. Leading scorer Dawson Garcia has been held to an average of 10 points in the last two games.

Something to consider for those who bet online: Penn State (15-11, 6-9) has won four of the last five meetings with an average margin of 13.3 in those victories.

Ohio State vs Purdue

  • Date, time (TV): Sunday, Feb. 19, 1:00 p.m. ET (CBS)

The signs have been there in recent weeks even when Purdue was winning games. However, the way the Boilermakers faded when host Maryland took control of Thursday’s game is a bit troubling.

Starters Caleb Furst, Fletcher Loyer and Ethan Morton were a combined 2 for 12 from the floor in a 14-point loss. Purdue’s perimeter shooting issues continued with the Boilermakers going 2 of 13 from 3-point range for the Boilermakers (23-4, 12-4).

Purdue is 12-1 at home and should be able to bounce back.

Ohio State (11-15, 3-12) was no match for Iowa the last time out in a game when both teams shot 57% from the floor.

The Buckeyes got nearly as many points off its bench as they did from the starters in the loss with Sean McNeil leading the way with 20 points.

Purdue has won four of the last five meetings after its 71-69 win on the road on Jan. 5. However, the Boilermakers have covered in just two of those games.

Each of the last meetings have been decided by nine points or less.

Maryland vs Nebraska

  • Date, time (TV): Sunday, Feb. 19, 5:00 p.m. ET (FS1)

It was not a total surprise that Maryland could celebrate with a win against Purdue on its home court since the Terrapins almost took down the Boilermakers earlier in the season. However, seeing the Terrapins outrebound a Purdue team (35-23) featuring 7-foot-4 national player of the year front-runner Zach Edey was rather impressive.

Maryland used a 29-4 run to blow things open against the Boilermakers, who might have returned to the top of the national polls with a win.

Jahmir Young had two of the 10 offensive rebounds as he finished with 20 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Maryland (18-8, 9-6) now leads the Big Ten with a 17-9 mark against the college basketball spreads. The Terrapins are only a game out of second place in the Big Ten standings.

Nebraska is coming off back-to-back wins over Wisconsin and Rutgers. Derrick Walker averaged 17 points on 70% shooting in those wins.

Maryland has won each of the last five games against Nebraska with the last three affairs all going over the total.

Iowa vs Northwestern

  • Date, time (TV): Sunday, Feb. 19, 6:30 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network)

This game could come down to ball security. Northwestern leads the Big Ten in turnover margin while Iowa is setting the pace in the assist/turnover ratio.

Iowa is the top-scoring team in the conference with Kris Murray leading the way while Northwestern is third in scoring defense. When the Hawkeyes rolled past Ohio State, it was Tony Perkins leading the way with 24 points as Iowa won for the first time in the last six games.

Iowa leads the Big Ten with 16 of its games finishing over the total while just 10 Northwestern games have gone over the total.

The Wildcats (19-7, 10-5) are coming off a huge win over Indiana as they took over second place in the Big Ten standings.

Iowa is going for its 10th win in a row against Northwestern. The Hawkeyes have covered against the college basketball odds in eight of the previous nine matchups.

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