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2016 Big Ten Tournament: Day 2 Recaps

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Purdue gets a break (maybe?) by avoiding Iowa.

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

This story will be updated as the evening games finish, but feel free to throw any comments you have on it as they go along. Here is what has happened in Indianapolis so far:

Michigan 72, Northwestern 70 OT

For Northwestern, it is another year in the Never Made The Tourney Club. This one was agonizing as always since God hates Northwestern basketball. They fell behind 16-3, but clawed back to take a small lead late before Alex Olah sent the game to overtime with a putback. They then led by 3 in the overtime before Duncan Robinson tied it with 48 seconds left and Zak Irvin won it with three seconds left. Nathan Taphorn had a chance for the win as time expired, but missed.

This sucks for Northwestern because it was only the second 20-win season ever for the Wildcats, and first 20-win regular season, but they are nowhere near the tournament. Olah went out with a 20-13 in his last B1G tournament game.

Michigan advances to play Indiana, who might still be on the run they had in Ann Arbor.

Illinois 68, Iowa 66

The Fighting Illini are still alive! They started on Wednesday and, like Penn State last year, knocked off 5 seed Iowa to make it to Friday. You can say what you want about a jump shooting team playing a third game in 3 days against a fresh Purdue squad, but I have seen enough of bad Purdue this year to not underestimate the Illini again.

After hitting a Big Ten Tournament record 14 threes against Minnesota the Illini hit 10 more against Iowa. Jalen Coleman-Lands had 17 and it looked like the Illini were in control up 66-55 with 3:36 left, but the Hawkeyes went on an 11-0 run to tie. Malcolm Hill made a jumper with 1:15 left, and Iowa could not score with two opportunities inside the last minute to tie or take the lead.

Illinois goes on to face Purdue and even as the 12 seed, they are dangerous. They beat Purdue by 14 in January for Purdue's worst loss of the season.

Ohio State 79, Penn State 75

If you like fouls and grinding, flowless basketball this was your game. The teams combined for 44 fouls as they decided we were there to see them. No, it wasn't TV Teddy. He did the Northwestern-Michigan game. JaQuan Lyle had an impressive game for OSU with 22 points, 10 rebounds. 5 assists, and three steals.

Penn State was on fire early from three and led by as many as 10 in the first half at one point, but cooled significantly in the second half. They were 14 of 27 from the floor and 7 of 12 from three at halftime, but were 2 of 10 from long range in the second half. They led 67-66 with 3:38 left, but seven straight points from OSU swung the game in their favor. Penn State also had three players foul out.

Marc Loving had 24 for OSU.

Nebraska 70, Wisconsin 58

The Cornhuskers join Illinois in being a team that has to play on Wednesday, but has now made it to the big bracket on Friday. Wisconsin shot worse than 35% from the floor and got out-rebounded that quite simply wanted it more. Shavon Shields had 20 points to lead Nebraska, who responded every time the Badgers tried to make a run. Ethan Happ had 17 or Wisconsin.

The Cornhuskers' reward for getting hot and winning two in a row? A date with Maryland late Friday night.