FINAL: Minnesota used stingy defense to defeat St. Peter’s 69-47 on Saturday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Minnesota (10-1) held St. Peter’s (2-6) to 40 percent shooting from the field and just 10 free throw attempts. Darius Conley was a bright spot for the Peacocks in the loss with 20 points. Ralph Sampson III sparked the Golden Gophers, as he had 15 points and knocked down 6-of-9 shot attempts in the win. Minnesota went 17-of-27 from the charity stripe as a team (63 percent). The Golden Gophers also got double-digit performances from Julian Welch, who contributed 11 points and Rodney Williams, who had 10 points. St. Peter’s also got a double-digit performance from Chris Prescott, who added 12. Minnesota never trailed in the game. The Golden Gophers’ largest lead was 22, which came with 42 seconds remaining.
HALFTIME: Things haven’t started too well for St. Peter’s against Minnesota and it is down 34-23 going into the second half. In the first 20 minutes, the Peacocks’ Darius Conley scored 13 points and shot 6-of-9 from the field. The Golden Gophers led from the start and led by as many as 11 points. Minnesota got points from seven different players. Minnesota’s Julian Welch had a big first half, with 10 points.
FINAL: No. 16 Wisconsin topped UNLV 62-51 on Saturday at the Kohl Center in Madison. Ben Brust sparked Wisconsin (8-2), as he contributed 25 points, went 8-of-9 from the field, and hit 7-of-7 three-pointers in the win. The Badgers struggled from the floor, shooting 37 percent (20-of-54). Chace Stanback tallied 16 points and made 5-of-9 shots from the floor for UNLV (9-2) in the loss. The Runnin’ Rebels had trouble finding their touch, shooting just 39 percent (18-of-46) from the field. Wisconsin won the rebounding battle en route to victory, pulling down 35 boards to 24 for UNLV. The Badgers never trailed in the game. Wisconsin’s largest lead was 19, which came with 2:37 left in the first half. Leading 18-15 in the first, the Badgers used an 18-2 spurt to open their cushion to 19 points late in the first. Brust finished the run off with a field goal, which helped Wisconsin lead 36-23 at halftime.
HALFTIME: Wisconsin is dominating the rebounding battle so far, with a 22-11 margin, and Badgers a 36-23 lead over UNLV. The leading scorers on both sides have been held in check so far. Neither No. 16 Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor nor the Runnin’ Rebels’ Mike Moser have been able to get going. Taylor has two points and Moser has scored zero. The Badgers didn’t trail once in the first half and they also led by as many as 19 points. Leading 18-15, Wisconsin went on a 13-0 run to open up a 31-15 advantage. Seven Wisconsin players scored in the first half. The Badgers goes into the break with the offensive rebounding advantage. UNLV may have to adjust its strategy after allowing Wisconsin to grab nine offensive boards. The Badgers’ Josh Gasser had a big first half, with five points and six rebounds. The Runnin’ Rebels’ Chace Stanback’s big game so far includes 10 points.
FINAL: Thomas Robinson scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lift No. 13 Kansas to a 78-67 upset win over No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday at Phog Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence. Kansas (7-2) erased any doubts by taking control right after halftime. The Jayhawks were winning 38-35 early in the second half before they went on a 14-5 run to extend their lead to 12 points midway through the second half. Elijah Johnson shot 5-of-8 from the field and scored 15 points for Kansas. The Jayhawks hit 58 percent of their field goals (28-of-48). Kansas was hot from long range, hitting 9-of-17 threes for a 53 percent night from beyond the arc. The Jayhawks also got double-digit performances from Kevin Young, who scored 14 and Travis Releford, who added 10. Deshaun Thomas tallied 19 points and hauled in six rebounds for Ohio State (8-1) in the game. The Buckeyes had trouble finding their touch, shooting just 39 percent (24-of-62) from the field. Ohio State also got solid contributions from William Buford, who scored 21 points and Aaron Craft, who scored 11 points. Kansas never trailed in the game. The Jayhawks’ largest lead was 12, which came in the middle of the second half. Both teams grabbed 29 rebounds in the game. With the victory, Kansas snapped the Buckeyes’ eight-game winning streak.
HALFTIME: No. 13 Kansas leads 35-29 over No. 2 Ohio State at the half thanks to solid production from Tyshawn Taylor. In the first 20 minutes, the Jayhawks’ Taylor scored two points and had eight assists. Kansas led by as many as 10 points in the first half and never trailed. Kansas got points from seven different players. The Jayhawks moved the ball in the first half, accounting for 10 assists on 15 field goals. The Buckeyes fired often and fired with accuracy from distance, hitting 50 percent (4-of-8) of their three-point attempts. Ohio State played team basketball in the first half, to the tune of five assists on eight field goals. The Buckeyes’ Deshaun Thomas had a big first half, with 15 points.
FINAL: Evan Smotrycz scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lift No. 19 Michigan to a 90-80 win over Oakland on Saturday at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills. Smotrycz and Trey Burke had good games for Michigan (7-2). Smotrycz knocked down 7-of-8 shot attempts and drilled 4-of-5 three-pointers. Burke tallied 20 points, had 10 assists, and shot 7-of-11 from the field. Oakland (6-4) allowed the Wolverines to go above their season average of 67.9 points per game. Michigan hit 57 percent of its field goals (31-of-54). The Wolverines shot 15-of-28 from three-point range during the game, good for 54 percent. A 15-4 run led Michigan to an early 11-point lead. Smotrycz knocked down a field goal that capped off the run by the Wolverines and helped Michigan lead 32-32 at the half. The Wolverines also got double-digit performances from Tim Hardaway Jr., who scored 21 points and Stu Douglass, who added 13. Reggie Hamilton had 28 points for the Golden Grizzlies in the loss. Corey Petros shot 5-of-6 from the field and scored 12 points for Oakland. The Golden Grizzlies also got double-digit contributions from Laval Lucas-Perry, who scored 14 points, Travis Bader, who scored 14 points, and Drew Valentine, who added 10. Winning the rebounding battle was a key to victory for Michigan as it outrebounded Oakland 38-28. The Wolverines never trailed in the game. Michigan’s largest lead was 15, which came with 1:58 remaining.
HALFTIME: Oakland and No. 19 Michigan go into the half even at 32, with a standout performance from Evan Smotrycz in the first twenty minutes. The Wolverines were leading 5-4 when they used a 10-0 spurt to widen their advantage to 15-4. The Golden Grizzlies shared the ball, finishing with six assists on 10 field goals in the first half. Seven Michigan players scored in the half. Michigan’s leading scorer, Tim Hardaway Jr., has been shut down thus far. The sophomore enters halftime with three points, well below his season average of 15.9. The Wolverines demonstrated their offensive efficiency by racking up eight assists on 12 baskets. Oakland’s Drew Valentine already has eight points. Michigan’s Smotrycz had a big first half, with 11 points and six rebounds.
FINAL: Purdue’s defense shut down Eastern Michigan, as the Boilermakers defeated the Eagles 61-36 on Saturday at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette. Eastern Michigan (4-6) was held well below the 57.6 points per game it came in averaging on the season. Purdue (9-2) held the Eagles to 31 percent shooting from the field and just 13 free throw attempts. The Boilermakers took control of the game right after halftime. Purdue led 29-22 early in the second half before it widened the margin to 22 points with a 20-5 run that ended in the middle of the second half. Derek Thompson had a good game for Eastern Michigan in defeat with 15 points. Robbie Hummel sparked the Boilermakers, as he contributed 13 points in the win. Purdue had trouble finding its touch, shooting just 36 percent (20-of-55) from the field. Jamell Harris had a quality shooting game, nailing 3-of-5 shots from the field and scoring eight points. The Boilermakers never trailed in the game. Purdue’s largest lead was 26, which came with 3:55 to go. The Eagles have now lost five games in a row.
HALFTIME: Robbie Hummel has eight points to lead Purdue to a 29-22 lead over Eastern Michigan at the end of the first half. The Boilermakers led from the start and led by as many as nine points. Leading 16-15, Purdue went on a 7-0 run to open up a 23-15 advantage. Seven Purdue players have scored. The Eagles’ Derek Thompson had a big first half, with six points.
FINAL: Indiana needed one final shot by Christian Watford to drop before it pulled out a 73-72 upset victory over No. 1 Kentucky on Saturday at Assembly Hall in Bloomington. After a free throw by Doron Lamb gave Kentucky a two-point lead with five seconds to play, Watford took a pass from teammate Verdell Jones III and hit a shot at the buzzer to give Indiana (9-0) the victory. There were five players in double figures, including Watford, whose 20 points led the charge to victory. The Hoosiers also got double-digit efforts from Victor Oladipo, who scored 13, Cody Zeller, who had 11, Jordan Hulls, who added 11, and Will Sheehey, who scored 10. Indiana and Kentucky (8-1) battled back and forth all game. The lead changed hands 13 times. The Hoosiers were tough on the offensive boards, grabbing 13. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 18 points, hauled in nine rebounds, and made 9-of-12 shots from the floor for the Wildcats in the loss. Kentucky shot 56 percent from the field (30-of-54). The Wildcats also got double-digit contributions from Lamb, who scored 19 points and Marquis Teague, who scored 15 points. Indiana trailed 20-14 in the first, but a 16-2 run allowed it to take an eight-point lead late in the first. Hulls finished the run off with a field goal, which helped Indiana lead 30-29 at halftime. With the loss, Kentucky’s eight-game winning streak came to an end.
HALFTIME: No. 1 Kentucky went on a 7-0 run to close the gap late in the first half and now trails Indiana 30-29. Neither team has been able to take control of the game as the lead changed hands seven times. The Hoosiers have the lead at halftime due in large part to their ability to get to the foul line. Through 20 minutes of play, Indiana is 10-for-12 from the free throw line. Through 20 minutes of action, a major weapon for the Wildcats has been shut down as the Hoosiers have kept Terrence Jones in check. The sophomore enters halftime with two points, well below his season average of 15. Kentucky earned valuable second chances and enters the second half with the offensive rebounding advantage. After giving up six offensive rebounds, Indiana will be looking to keep the Wildcats off the boards in the second half. The Hoosiers’ Cody Zeller had a big first half, with nine points. Kentucky’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s big game so far includes 10 points and five rebounds.
FINAL: In a game with several lead changes and momentum swings, Duquesne prevailed over Penn State 66-59 on Saturday at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. There were nine lead changes in the game. Eric Evans sparked Duquesne (6-4), as he had 20 points for the Dukes in the game. Jerry Jones was 5-of-7 from the floor and chipped in 14 points for Duquesne. The Dukes also got double-digit performances from Sean Johnson, who scored 10 points. Tim Frazier scored 15 points and went 4-of-9 from the field for Penn State (6-5) in a losing effort.
HALFTIME: Penn State just about managed to take a 32-29 lead over Duquesne at the end of a topsy-turvy first half that saw six lead changes. Duquesne got points from eight different players. The Dukes have been effective inside, making 5-of-8 two-point field goals, but Duquesne has struggled from three-point range. Seven Penn State players scored in the first half. The long-distance game has been bottled up and the Nittany Lions might be better served by bringing the ball inside more as Penn State shot 62 percent (10-of-16) on two-point shots, but 2-of-10 from beyond the arc. The Dukes’ Sean Johnson had a big first half, with eight points. The Nittany Lions’ Tim Frazier’s big game so far includes eight points.
FINAL: Bo Spencer scored 22 points to lead Nebraska to a 69-57 win over TCU on Saturday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in Fort Worth. A run lasting across the halftime break allowed Nebraska (6-3) to grab the advantage. Down 37-27 with one seconds left in the first half, the Cornhuskers broke out for an 18-4 run to take a four-point lead midway through the second half. Nebraska hit 51 percent of its field goals (24-of-47). The Cornhuskers shot 6-of-16 from three-point range during the game, good for 38 percent. Hank Thorns scored 18 points for TCU (7-3) in a losing effort. Garlon Green was 4-of-5 from the floor and chipped in 13 points for the Horned Frogs. TCU shot just 37 percent from the field (18-of-49). The Horned Frogs also got double-digit games from Kyan Anderson, who scored 15. Leading 26-25 with 4:09 to go in the first half, TCU used an 11-2 spurt to open its cushion to 10 points late in the first. J.R. Cadot capped the run off with a free throw that helped the Horned Frogs lead 37-30 at the half.
HALFTIME: TCU leads 37-30 over Nebraska at the half thanks to solid production from Garlon Green. In the first 20 minutes, the Horned Frogs’ Green scored 11 points and shot 4-of-5 from the field. The Cornhuskers led 16-12 when a drought lasting 3:34 coincided with a 11-0 run by TCU that allowed the Horned Frogs to take a 23-16 lead. Seven TCU players scored in the half. In the second half, Nebraska may look to shut down the excellent long-distance game of the Horned Frogs, who hit 5-of-9 attempts from three-point range. Seven Nebraska players scored in the first half. The Cornhuskers’ Bo Spencer’s big game so far includes 11 points.
FINAL: Draymond Green scored 34 points to lift Michigan State to a 74-67 upset win over No. 22 Gonzaga on Saturday at McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane. Michigan State (8-2) took control of the game right after halftime. Down 36-35 with 19:02 in the game, the Spartans broke out for a 16-5 run to take a 10-point lead midway through the second half. There were 10 lead changes, as neither team could take control of the game. Michigan State hit 54 percent of its field goals (26-of-48). The Spartans shot 16-of-25 from the free throw line. Robert Sacre tallied 16 points, pulled down seven rebounds, and shot 4-of-6 from the field for Gonzaga (5-2) in the game. Gary Bell had a quality shooting game, nailing 4-of-6 shots from the field and scoring 13 points. The Bulldogs went 22-of-28 from the charity stripe as a team (79 percent). Gonzaga also got double-digit efforts from David Stockton, who scored 19 points. The Bulldogs won the battle on the boards in the loss, as Gonzaga pulled down 28 to 20 for Michigan State. Trailing 23-20 with 5:13 to go in the first half, the Spartans went on an 11-1 run to seize a seven-point advantage with 2:35 left in the first half. Green capped the run off with a free throw that helped the Spartans lead 35-34 at the half. Michigan State has now won eight-straight games with the victory.
HALFTIME: Draymond Green scored 14 points, hitting 5 of 7 from the floor, for Michigan State in the first half to carry it to a 35-34 lead over No. 22 Gonzaga. Both teams took turns controlling the momentum as there were six lead changes. Seven Gonzaga players scored in the first half. The Bulldogs earned valuable second chances and enters the second half with the offensive rebounding advantage. Gonzaga grabbed four offensive rebounds, so the Spartans will need work harder at keeping it off the glass in the second half. The Bulldogs played team basketball in the first half, to the tune of six assists on nine field goals. Eight Michigan State players have scored. Michigan State moved the ball in the first half, accounting for 10 assists on 14 field goals. Green will have to be careful, as he already has three fouls. Gonzaga’s Gary Bell already has 11 points.
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