Big Ten Tournament 2019: Round 2 Scores, Updated Bracket, Quarterfinals Schedule

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMarch 14, 2019

Ohio State's C.J. Jackson (3) reacts after making a 3-point basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against the Indiana in the second round of the Big Ten Conference tournament, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Chicago. The Ohio State won 79-75. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press

The Big Ten Tournament continues Thursday with four games in Chicago, as teams in the bottom half of the conference looked to get a start on potentially playing the spoiler. 

Maryland was the only Top-25 team in action, while Ohio State and Indiana opened the day with a game that would essentially eliminate the loser from at-large contention.

Here's a look at how things played out.

          

Thursday's Results

Ohio State 79, Indiana 75

Nebraska 69, Maryland 61

Minnesota 77, Penn State 72

Iowa 83, Illinois 62

        

Friday's Schedule

Michigan State vs. Ohio State, 12:30 p.m. ET

Wisconsin vs. Nebraska, 2:55 p.m. ET

Purdue vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m. ET

Michigan vs. Iowa, 9:25 p.m. ET

    

Ohio State 79, Indiana 75

Indiana put up a valiant comeback effort, but it wasn't enough. C.J. Jackson knocked down a pair of free throws with four seconds remaining to clinch Ohio State's 79-75 victory over Indiana on Thursday.

The Buckeyes led by 15 points with 6:40 remaining until Indiana caught fire, closing the gap to three points on a Romeo Langford layup with 55 seconds remaining and to two on a Devonte Green three with six seconds left. Ohio State answered the bell each time, with Keyshawn Woods hitting a response jumper to Langford's layup to stretch the lead to five with 36 seconds left, and Jackson's free throws sealed the deal.

Woods scored a team-high 18 points, while Jackson and Kaleb Wesson each had 17. Andre Wesson added 13 points as four of Indiana's five starters were in double figures.

Green broke out for a career-high 26 points off the bench, knocking down eight three-pointers. Star freshman Romeo Langford was limited to nine points on 4-of-12 shooting in what could be his final collegiate game. Langford is expected to be a top-10 pick in June's NBA draft, and it's possible he'd forgo paying in the NIT to protect his health.

Juwan Morgan was the only Hoosiers starter in double figures, finishing with 12 points.  

Indiana was considered on the "last four out" bubble by ESPN's Joe Lunardi coming into Thursday. Ohio State was among Lunardi's "last four in" for the tournament. 

The Buckeyes move on to play top seed Michigan State on Friday. A win would almost certainly seal their fate as a tournament team. 

Nebraska 69, Maryland 61

James Palmer Jr. scored 24 points and Glynn Watson Jr. added 19, leading Nebraska to a 69-61 win over Maryland on Thursday.

Isaiah Roby had 15 points and six rebounds for the shorthanded Cornhuskers, who were stuck using a seven-man rotation.

"A lot of teams would just say, we've got seven guys, there's no way, and they'd quit," coach Tim Miles told reporters. "Not just say I quit, but they just wouldn't do those things. So I think that is probably that mentality is the thing I'm most proud of."

Maryland, which swept Nebraska in the regular season, shot just 36 percent from the floor in a frustrating performance. Anthony Cowan Jr. had a team-high 18 points, while Darryl Morsell (14 points) and Eric Ayala (12 points) were also in double figures.

Nebraska moves on to play fourth-seeded Wisconsin. 

Minnesota 77, Penn State 72

Amir Coffey scored 22 points as one of four Minnesota players in double figures as the Gophers earned a 77-72 overtime victory over Penn State.

The Nittany Lions led most of the way but scored just two points in the final 4:59 of regulation, allowing Minnesota to get back in the game. Dupree McBrayer hit a jumper with 38 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime.

Lamar Stevens had a game-high 24 points but needed 25 shots to get there. The Lions finished with only four made three-pointers and 12 trips to the free-throw line, which was enough to make the difference. They entered as one of the hottest teams in the Big Ten after beginning conference play with 10 straight losses.

McBrayer (18 points), Jordan Murphy (15 points, 14 rebounds) and Daniel Oturu (10 points) were also in double figures for Minnesota. The Gophers went to the charity stripe 31 times.

Avoiding an upset here will almost certainly lock Minnesota into the field of 68. The Gophers play second-seeded Purdue on Friday. 

             

Iowa 83, Illinois 62

Iowa had a narrow six-point lead over Illinois at the half, and there were questions of who would be more motivated down the stretch.

After all, the Hawkeyes are safely in the NCAA tournament field, but the Fighting Illini needed to win the Big Ten tournament to reach the field. While that may have been the case, Iowa left little doubt with an offensive explosion and scored 46 points in the second half on the way to a commanding 83-62 win.

Four Hawkeyes scored in double figures, and Nicholas Baer led the way off the bench with 17 points and four rebounds. Tyler Cook turned in a balanced effort as well with 12 points, six assists and five rebounds.

Iowa as a whole was 12-of-23 (52.2 percent) from deep.

Illinois received 12 points and six rebounds from Giorgi Bezhanishvili, but its defense gave up far too many open looks to pull off the upset.

The Hawkeyes now turn their attention toward Michigan in Friday’s quarterfinals.

The teams played just once this season, and Iowa defended home court with a 15-point win. It is one of the best victories on its resume, and it will look to double down in Chicago.

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