Originally posted on The B1g Time  |  Last updated 1/6/13
With just two teams left to play their 2nd game the action was supposed to heat up on Sunday. If you're a Wolverine fan that's exactly what happened as they stayed perfect on the season, however if you sat through Nebraska hosting Wisconsin - you've go the patience of a saint to say the least.  Michigan and Minnesota held serve at home in blowout fashion, but Wisconsin took down Nebraska on the road in the day's closest game. It was just the 2nd victory for any team in the Big Ten this season and it's  trend worth keeping an eye on.  Of course, with just the one game left the standings have Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin with a leg up on the competition standing as the only 2-0 teams at this point in the season. Of course things will change quite a bit all year long, but hey it's worth noting who's already up a game or two since that could be the difference between a championship or not.  What went down on Sunday? Let's dive right on in....  Michigan 95, Iowa 67 What We Learned: Good luck stopping Michigan from scoring, or should we say good luck stopping Trey Burke from scoring. As of now he's 2nd in the league in scoring and 1st in assists - hard to ask much more from your point guard if  you ask me.  It's also clear that for all the young talent the Hawkeyes have, they also have some growing up to do if they want to get from the bottom 3rd of the conference to the top half. They need the most growing up on the defensive end and on the road where they've struggled this season. Both of these teams will be tough outs for anyone Star of the Game: Trey Burke (Mich) - Burke had 19 points and 12 - yes I just typed TWELVE, assists in the blowout win. Do I really need to say any more? Didn't think so. Stat of the Game: 13 - that's the amount of turnovers these two teams combined for with Iowa contributing the most with 7 and Michigan just 6. That's crazy for a game that was so one sided. Wisconsin 47, Nebraska 41 What We Learned: These two can play an entertaining game without playing well - haha, fooled you on that one. Seriously, this was an all around bad basketball game and it was a matter of Wisconsin just having enough three point shooting to pull out the win.  We also learned that against the bottom teams in the conference Wisconsin can simply put the clamps down defensively. Wisconsin has allowed just 4 opponents to score 60 points or more all season long and they have held every opponent since a Dec. 8th loss to Marquette under 60 points. On the Nebraska side, well we learned that when they play stingy defense like they did on Sunday, especially at home they could be more than capable of sniping a team or two like they did last season in conference play. Star of the Game: Ryan Evans (Wis) - We're going to use the term "star" loosely in what was simply a bad basketball game. Evans had a double double at least with 10 points and a career high 15 points. He got his 10 points on a decent 4 of 8 shooting from the field. So, there was at least that from this game. Stat of the Game: 23.1% - That's what Wisconsin shot from the free throw line and somehow they still managed to win a basketball game. Even more amazing is that bad free throw shooting as a team has yet to really cost them a game. You'd think at some point it will, especially in the Big Ten, but hey - it hasn't yet so ya. Minnesota 69, Northwestern 51 What We Learned: Minnesota could be the deepest team in the conference and that will go a long way towards keeping them a top the standings. Just look at Sunday's game for all the proof you need. Have you heard the name Oto Oseniekes? On Sunday he delivered a huge game off the bench, putting in a key 6 points to steam a Northwestern attempted comeback. He also had 5 rebounds in the winning effort. This team could have anyone go off on you and that makes it difficult to defend and game plan against. Sunday it was Austin, not Andre, Hollins going off for a game best 19 points. Next time up it could be Andre, it could be Trevor Mbakwe, it could be Maverick Ahanmisi - I think you get the point. Northwestern desperately need to get Reggie Hearn back on the court as this team simply doesn't have the scoring punch it needs to keep up with the upper echlon of teams in the conference and with the way the schedule sets up for them they need to get him back fast. Star of the Game: Trevor Mbakwe - the easy pick would've ben Austin Hollins, but Mbakwe more than made up for a lack of scoring (just 4 points) with 11 rebounds and 4 blocked shots. He was huge in helping to keep Northwestern off the glass and in gaining a 15 rebound advantage over the Wildcats. Stat of the Game: 6-13 - that was the 3 point shooting for the Gophers. If you want a reason why they will win any game it's this. If you are going to stop the Gophers you need to slow down or stomp out their perimeter game. Make them beat you down low (which they can do too), but it's easier to defend when they aren't hitting from deep. Northwestern found out the hard way, allowing Minnesota to shoot 46.2% from deep.
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