Big Ten Tournament 2018: Round 2 Scores, Updated Bracket, Quarterfinals Schedule

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMarch 1, 2018

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 01:  Ethan Happ #22 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates the 59-54 win over the Maryland Terrapins during the second round of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 1, 2018 in New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The second day of action at the 2018 Big Ten tournament took place Thursday, with a majority of the teams sitting outside NCAA tournament contention in action.

Michigan is the only tournament lock on the schedule, with Penn State the only team with even an outside chance of making the Big Dance—and that would require a deep run. Here's a recap of every matchup that took place at Madison Square Garden, along with a look at the quarterfinals schedule that should begin more competitive basketball.

Updated Big Ten Tournament bracket.


Rutgers 76, Indiana 69

Rutgers only had three conference wins this season and two in the last 12 games, but the team used what was effectively a home-court advantage in New York City to pull off the upset.

Corey Sanders was the star with 28 points, including several rim-rattling dunks. He took over in the second half and has 51 points through two Big Ten Tournament games, keeping the No. 14 seed alive and into the quarterfinals.

The squad will now take on No. 3 seed Purdue in the final Friday game.

Indiana seemed ready for a blowout victory with a 17-3 lead in the first eight minutes, but it was all Rutgers from that point.

The Scarlet Knights took over and earned a 29-28 lead by halftime. 

Although the Hoosiers tied things in the second half, they never took a lead as Rutgers closed out the win. Making 58 percent of shots from the field went a long way toward securing the victory.

Juwan Morgan had 15 points, nine rebounds and two blocks, but it wasn't enough to for Indiana to avoid a third straight loss and potentially ending its season. 


Penn State 65, Northwestern 57

For a stretch in the first half, Penn State appeared to be headed for a fourth straight loss. The offense was stalling, Northwestern was locking down, and things were dangerously close to spiraling like they had against Nebraska.

Luckily, Tony Carr came to play.

Carr scored 25 points and hit six threes, leading Penn State to a 65-57 win over Northwestern to advance to the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals. The Nittany Lions pulled away in the second half on the back of their 13 threes, which atoned for an awful performance from inside the arc.

Josh Reaves added 15 points and eight rebounds, while Shep Gardner added 12 to round out double-figure scorers.

Dererk Pardon led the way for Northwestern with 14 points and eight boards.

Penn State will move on to play second-seeded Ohio State, which lost to the Nittany Lions twice during the regular season. 


Wisconsin 59, Maryland 54

If Maryland's tournament hopes weren't already dead, they are now.

Ethan Happ scored a team-high 14 points as one of four Wisconsin players in double figures, as the Badgers earned a 59-54 win over Maryland. Wisconsin has increasingly played spoiler and competitive basketball as the season has progressed, winning four of its last five games. The Badgers defeated Purdue and nearly took down Michigan State in that stretch.

They will get another chance against the Spartans when they play in a quarterfinals matchup Friday.

In typical Wisconsin form, the team advanced by slowing down the game and limiting Maryland's offensive chances. The Terrapins were held to just two makes from beyond the three-point arc., and their scoring was almost entirely limited to three players. Kevin Huerter led the way with 20, while Anthony Cowan had 16 and Bruno Fernando scored 12.

All other Maryland players scored a combined six points and shot 2-of-13 from the field.

Wisconsin won despite shooting 36 percent from the floor and assisting on just five field goals. Brad Davison (13 points), Khalil Iverson (11 points) and Brevin Pritzl (10 points) were also in double figures for Wisconsin.


Michigan 77, Iowa 71

Iowa nearly gave Madison Square Garden its first major upset. The Hawkeyes just ran out of gas in overtime.

Duncan Robinson scored five of Michigan's 10 points in overtime, leading the Wolverines to a 77-71 win over the Hawkeyes. Robinson, who scored 11 points off the bench total, hit a three with 2:22 left that turned out to be a game winner and added two clutch free throws down the stretch.

Iowa did not score a single field goal in the final 4:35 of overtime. Luka Garza hit the opening bucket of the period and then it was radio silence, as Iowa missed its last eight shots.

The Hawkeyes had forced overtime by holding Michigan scoreless for the final 2:10 of regulation and getting a pair of huge threes from Nicholas Baer and Jordan Bohannon, the latter coming with 19 seconds remaining. 

Bohannon's three was one of just three field goals for the sophomore, who finished with 11 points. Ryan Kriener led the team with 14 points off the bench, while Tyler Cook and Luca Garza each had 13 for the Hawkeyes.

Charles Matthews' 16-point, eight-rebound effort topped the box score for the Wolverines, who move on to play fourth-seeded Nebraska on Thursday. Zavier Simpson (12 points), Moritz Wagner (11 points) and Robinson rounded out the double-figure scorers.

The Wolverines moved on despite making just three of their 19 shots from three and missing 14 of their 32 shots fro the charity stripe. 

Nebraska defeated Michigan 72-52 in their regular-season matchup. 


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