The further we advance into the week, the higher the stakes get in the world of men’s college basketball, as the major conference tournaments — including the Big East, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 — kick into high gear Friday.
The day began with an intense matchup between Big Ten regular-season champion Purdue and Rutgers, which saw the Scarlet Knights come up just short in a game that went down to the wire in Chicago.
Pac-12 regular-season champion UCLA will be in action later in the day, as will Big East champ Marquette and defending national champion Kansas out of the Big 12.
We’ve got you covered with all the action from start to finish from around the league.
Here are the top moments!
Ohio State vs. Michigan State (Big Ten)
Ohio State was first to strike in this one, but Michigan State‘s Tyson Walker sparked a run for the Spartans early.
Eyes on the prize
The Buckeyes continued to heat up as the first half got underway, connecting on one shot after another to build a small lead.
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Purdue 70, Rutgers 65 (Big Ten)
And we’re off!
Rutgers center Clifford Omoruyi accounted for the first points of the game on this smooth reverse dunk.
The Scarlet Knights jumped out to a 12-4 lead by the first official TV timeout, making a big statement early.
Keeping it close
Purdue went on a 5-0 run midway through the first half to keep Rutgers within arm’s reach, 17-10.
The Scarlet Knights had a few tricks up their sleeve, however, as the first half continued. Exhibit A: Cam Spencer.
Boilermakers center Zach Edey slammed it home to tie things up for Purdue ahead of the break.
It was a one-point game at halftime, 29-28.
Back and forth
Rutgers regained the lead early in the second half, but Purdue turned up the heat and didn’t stay behind for long.
Not how they drew it up
Rutgers guard Derek Simpson drained a 3-point jumper to make it a one-point game, 50-49, late in the second half after the team’s initial play didn’t go as planned.
Rutgers continued to bring the pressure with one big bucket after another as the game wound down.
Tensions running high
Things got heated as the final moments approached. Edey was assessed a flagrant 1 foul during the sequence, which involved players from both teams getting in a dust up on the court.
In the end, the Boilermakers were able to hang on to the lead and secure the win, 70-65.
Penn State vs. Northwestern (Big Ten)
UConn vs. Marquette (Big East)
Iowa State vs. Kansas (Big 12)
Maryland vs. Indiana (Big Ten)
Creighton vs. Xavier (Big East)
Arizona State vs. Arizona (Pac-12)
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