Big Ten Top Performers
Tony Carr, Penn State
Tony Carr is one of the Big Ten’s most clutch players. He had one of the shots of the year earlier in the week, and he was without question the best player on the floor in a win on the road against Rutgers on Saturday afternoon. He scored 16 points, had four assists and five rebounds in a game in which he played 39 minutes. Penn State is still trying to push its way into the NCAA Tournament conversation, and Tony Carr is their go-to shot maker en route to March Madness.
Isaac Copeland, Nebraska
When a team has two players go off for 20+ points in the same game, that’s usually a good sign that things are clicking on the offensive end. Guard James Palmer Jr. and forward Isaac Copeland came up big for the Nebraska Cornhuskers at home against the Iowa Hawkeyes. Copeland had a double-double, scoring 23 points and collecting 11 rebounds. Palmer Jr. and his Nebraska teammates played three games in a seven-day period. In those three games, Palmer Jr. combined to score 80 points. That’s pretty good.
Michigan State’s front line
Not exactly a particular player, but this is the most imposing front line in the Big Ten. The Maryland Terrapins jumped out to a big lead early, but in the end, Michigan State escaped College Park with a win. Life as a guard is pretty easy when your big guys (Jaren Jackson Jr., Nick Ward and Miles Bridges) combine for 29 rebounds, the same amount of rebounds as the entire Maryland team.
Isaac Haas, Purdue
The Purdue Boilermakers had the perfect plan in place to defeat their arch-rivals Indiana Hoosiers: Put the ball in Isaac Haas’ hands, and let him go to work. Haas was a beast in Bloomington, scoring 26 points. Surprisingly the seven-foot-two center didn’t have any blocks, but he had five rebounds, two assists and no turnovers in the game. Purdue remains undefeated in Big Ten play.