B1G Basketball Diaries: Northwestern Did What?

I don't know what happened either, Tubby - USA Today Images

The Northwestern Wildcats are a basketball juggernaut. They cannot be stopped. They will not be stopped. Until they're stopped. Which they most assuredly will be.

Northwestern 55 Minnesota 48

So, Minnesota is in a bit of a rough patch at the moment. Since coming into Assembly Hall and beating our Illini by 17 points the Gophers have lost to both Indiana and Michigan. Which are two entirely forgivable losses. A loss that's not as forgiving, however, is Northwestern. Trust us, Minnesota. We Illini fans know what you're going through right now.

The Wildcats held Minnesota to only 21 points in the second half to get back into the game and eventually win it, holding Minnesota to only 33% from the field. And while it was only a 7-point loss, it could have been a lot worse if Northwestern could hit its free throws. The Wildcats made 17 of them on the night, which was a little more than the 15 they missed.

So now Northwestern has beaten two ranked teams in the last week. NORTHWESTERN'S GOING TO THE FINAL FOUR.

Indiana 72 Penn State 49

Penn State traveled to Bloomington on Wednesday night and played basketball exactly like you'd expect Penn State to play against Indiana in Bloomington. The closest this game got was 43 seconds in after Indiana took a 2-0 lead on a Christian Watford layup. The Penn State dream would die from there.

Cody Zeller didn't make a single field goal and finished with only 2 points -- though he did have 8 rebounds and 3 blocks -- and Indiana still managed to win by 23 points. That's how good Penn State is at basketball.

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