B1G Basketball Diaries: Will Penn State Ever Win?

Hang in there, coach - Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

The Nittany Lions have played 12 conference games and they've lost all 12 of them.

Iowa 74 Penn State 72

Poor Penn State. The Nittany Lions battled back form a double-digit deficit against Iowa at home on Thursday night and for a while it looked like they'd do the unthinkable and actually win a Big Ten game. Of course, as we know, it's still Penn State and it couldn't pull it off. The Hawkeyes held on thanks to Roy Devyn Marble who finished with 22 points for Iowa.

Now Penn State is 0-12 with six games left. Two of those games are against Michigan, then there's Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and a road game against Northwestern. It looks like it'll be Northwestern or nothing. Or Illinois. Yeah, probably Illinois.

Ohio State 69 Northwestern 59

Speaking of the five warm bodies called Northwestern basketball, for a while it looked like a depleted Wildcats roster was going to pull off a huge upset in Columbus. The Wildcats had a 51-47 lead with just under seven minutes left but Ohio State would outscore them 22-8 from there on out. Deshaun Thomas led Ohio State with 22 points in what was roughly his millionth consecutive game in double-digits.

Minnesota 58 Wisconsin 53 OT

This may have been the best game of the night so obviously I've decided to put it last. I just wanted Penn State to win something.

Anywho, Joe Coleman tied the game with a couple of free throws with 17 seconds remaining, but Traevon Jackson's jumper with two seconds left didn't fall sending the game to overtime. And in that overtime Andre Hollins would score seven points, out-scoring Wisconsin on his own, to end Minnesota's two-game losing streak.

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