Hawkeyes In Thick of Big Ten Title Hunt, Set to Face Indiana

By Mike Hlas, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- One of the best days the Iowa men's basketball team has had this season was one in which it didn't play.

That day was today. The Hawkeyes pulled to within one game of first-place in the Big Ten by doing no more than sitting at home and watching Michigan and Michigan State lose as home favorites.

First, Michigan fell to Wisconsin, 75-62. That was on the surprising side, but not shocking. The Badgers had already come out of their funk of a few weeks ago when they lost three straight home games, including one to Northwetern.

But what happened next was a national shocker. Michigan State, a 14-point favorite, got clipped by Nebraska, 60-51. The Cornhuskers got off to a great start and never folded. It was a most impressive performance, their best as a Big Ten member. It got them to 6-6 in the Big Ten, 14-10 overall, and lets them start thinking seriously about making a run at an NCAA tournament berth.

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