At the risk of going cross-eyed, I attempted to monitor every Big Ten team that played Tuesday night to open the 2021-22 college basketball season.

Here are those observations for each squad.

Michigan State — This team isn’t very good yet

There’s a reason the Spartans didn’t crack the preseason Top 25.

Multiple reasons, it turns out.

Plenty of preseason ink was devoted to point guard Tyson Walker, a Northeastern transfer. Walker looked like he would be a lot more comfortable staying in the Colonial Athletic Association, finishing with 2 points, 3 assists, 3 turnovers and 4 fouls in 20 minutes. If that position remains broken for a second straight season, the Spartans are sunk.

Beyond that, MSU was unacceptably bad for a Tom Izzo-coached defense, continuing a trend that first displayed itself last season. Kansas shot 48% from the field in its 87-74 win at the Champions Classic.

Ohio State — Who’s going to help out EJ Liddell?

Perhaps it will be Zed Key, who scored Ohio State’s final 6 points, including this (almost) buzzer-beater to win the game.

But until Key got hot over the final 1:22 of the game, no one else on offense looked like a viable Robin to EJ Liddell’s Batman. Liddell finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists before fouling out on Akron’s go-ahead 3-pointer with 6 seconds to go.

Duane Washington is the toughest player for Ohio State to replace this season, and the opener provided little insight to who will do it.

Indiana — Trayce Jackson-Davis is still great; FTs still a worry

If Mike Woodson hadn’t convinced Trayce Jackson-Davis to return to Indiana, Woodson would be 0-1 right now.

The Hoosiers looked terrific in the first half, then had to stave off a surprisingly game Eastern Michigan team after falling into many of their bad old habits.

Jackson-Davis had 21 of IU’s 68 points to go with 14 rebounds. However, he was just 3-for-7 from the free-throw line. As a team, Indiana was 60% (12-of-20) from the line after finishing 300th in the country in free-throw percentage a year ago.

Purdue — Is Sasha Stefanovic a Dude, or Mr. November?

Sasha Stefanovic was electric against Bellarmine — 23 points in only 24 minutes, making 5 of 6 from 3-point range.

The only times he approached 20 points last season were also in November, when he had 20 against Oakland and 19 against Valpo.

If he can shoot like this on a semi-regular basis this season, the Boilermakers will be even more dangerous than expected.

Maryland — Newcomers are nice

Terrapin transfers Qudus Wahab (17 points), Fatts Russell (12) and Julian Reese (11) combined for 40 points in Maryland’s 83-69 win over Quinnipiac.

However, it does look like it may take a few games for this new-look lineup to truly gel. The Terps turned it over 10 times in the first half before cleaning things up in the second half.

Nebraska — Oh, dear

Fred Hoiberg is now 5-35 at Nebraska — not a typo — following a 75-74 loss to Western Illinois.

The Leathernecks absolutely dominated the glass, outrebounding the Huskers 57-37. Which means this game had a miserable number of missed shots.

Many of those bricks came on Nebraska 3-point attempts. The Huskers shot 5-of-20 from behind the arc.

Ugly, ugly, ugly.

Illinois — Who needs half the starting lineup?

Kofi Cockburn sat out the first of his 3-game suspension, and starting guards Andre Curbello and Trent Frazier both missed Illinois’ opener with “day-to-day” injuries.

Didn’t matter.

Jacob Grandison led the Illini with 20 points in an easy 71-47 win over Jackson State.

Wisconsin — Points!

Don’t look now, but dating back to last season, Wisconsin has cracked 80 points in 2 of its past 3 games. And the only time it didn’t happen was against future national champion Baylor in the second round of last year’s NCAA tournament.

I’m not calling it a trend. But it is fun to imagine the Badgers continuing to score at such a clip.

Northwestern — Nice defense

The Wildcats squashed the Directional Illinois dream of starting the year with wins over Big Ten schools named NU. Northwestern dispatched Eastern Illinois, 80-56.

While that may look like some great offense for the Cats, much of it was created by great defense. Northwestern turned 19 Panthers turnovers into 23 points.

Minnesota — No depth

Unlike Fred Hoiberg, Ben Johnson was able to open the year with a win over a Summit League opponent.

Johnson’s now 1-0 for his career after Minnesota’s 71-56 win over Kansas City. Without question, Gophers vs. Kangaroos made for one of the better mascot matchups we’ll see this season.

It’s probably not a good sign, though, that the Gophers only played 8 guys against a team like Kansas City. Injuries and foul trouble are poised to doom a team with already limited talent this season.

Iowa — Keegan Murray is the real deal

Sometimes totally unexpected things happen in sports.

Tennessee winning a national championships the year after Peyton Manning went to the NFL. The Knicks making the NBA Finals the year after Patrick Ewing retired.

Could Iowa improving after Luka Garza graduated be added to that list?

That’s putting the cart a bit ahead of the horse. However, Keegan Murray certainly looks more than capable of being the Hawkeyes’ new alpha dog. He had 24 points in 17 minutes, including a trio of 3s, in an easy 106-73 win over Longwood.