Here are the Big Ten Top Performers from the weekend that was.
Big Ten Top Performers
Tony Carr, Penn State
Tony Carr is one of the best scorers in the Big Ten. On Friday night against the surprisingly pretty good Nebraska Cornhuskers, Carr was more-or-less abysmal, shooting just 5-21 from the field and turning the ball over four times. Carr was far from the best Penn State player in this game (looking at you Lamar Stevens and Mike Watkins), but all that mattered was this clutch, game-winning shot to win the game in overtime with three seconds left on the clock:
Mo Wagner, Michigan
John Beilein took his Michigan Wolverines into the Breslin Center in East Lansing and came out with the hard fought win. Mo Wagner was sensational, and he had to be in order for Michigan to overcome Michigan State’s size (Jaren Jackson Jr., Nick Ward, etc.) down low. Wagner scored a career-high 27 points as the Wolverines now stand at 15-4 and 3-1 in the Big Ten Conference. Barring an epic, improbable collapse, Michigan is a lock for the NCAA Tournament.
Vincent Edwards, Purdue
There is no doubt the Minnesota Golden Gophers are in a bit of a funk having lost three Big Ten games in a row. Right now that seems to be the least of their concerns, and none of that mattered to Vincent Edwards and the visiting Purdue Boilermakers. Purdue continues to roll. Vincent Edwards scored 25 points in Purdue’s 34-point rout. Purdue is playing the best basketball of any team in the Big Ten Conference at this point in mid-January.
Robert Johnson, Indiana
Indiana took control in the second half, easily beating the Northwestern Wildcats at home on Sunday afternoon. Senior guard Robert Johnson was feeling it, especially from downtown. Johnson scored 17 points and was 5-11 from the 3-point line. Northwestern was woefully bad in this game, having just 19 points at halftime and shooting just 25 percent from the field. Indiana has a tough game coming up — a Friday night contest against a ticked off Michigan State team.
Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State
The Ohio State Buckeyes remain undefeated in Big Ten Conference play largely thanks to Big Ten Player of the Year Candidate Keita Bates-Diop. Bates-Diop had 20 points, nine rebounds and five blocks against the over-matched Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The forward from Normal, Illinois, leads the Big Ten in points and ranks third in rebounds.