Badgers, Wildcats & Hoosiers chalk up Big Ten wins

Cody Zeller scored 22 points and grabbed four rebounds and Christian Watford added 18 points and five boards as they teamed up to lead No. 23 Indiana to an 84-71 victory over Illinois on Thursday at Assembly Hall in Bloomington. Find Gus Johnson’s best calls of the night from Indiana and get results from all three Big Ten games on our BTN.com scoreboard.

In other action, Wisconsin hung on for a 68-61 overtime win at Minnesota and Northwestern topped Iowa, 83-64. You can find the full standings here and dive into this post for more video highlights.

Wisconsin 68, Minnesota 61: BOX | RECAP | SCOREBOARD | @BTN_Wisconsin & @BTN_Minnesota

FINAL: No. 22 Wisconsin trailed in the waning moments of Thursday’s game, but took the lead for good on a free throw by Josh Gasser with 3:54 left in overtime and hung on for a 68-61 overtime triumph over Minnesota at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Both Jordan Taylor and Ryan Evans played well for Wisconsin (19-6). Taylor had 27 points, made 8-of-14 shots from the floor, and hit 5-of-9 three-pointers. Evans contributed 17 points and hauled in 11 rebounds.

The Badgers had trouble finding their touch, shooting just 35 percent (19-of-54) from the field. Wisconsin was on fire from beyond the arc during the game, shooting 39 percent (9-of-23). The Badgers went 21-of-25 from the charity stripe as a team (84 percent). Andre Hollins had 20 points, yanked down six rebounds, and went 5-of-6 from beyond the arc for Minnesota (17-8) in a losing effort. The Golden Gophers also got a double-digit game from Rodney Williams, who scored 16. Both teams had 31 rebounds in the game.

HALFTIME: Jordan Taylor scored 14 points for No. 22 Wisconsin as the Badgers lead Minnesota 32-24 at the half. The Badgers trailed 16-14 when they broke out for an 8-0 run to overtake the Golden Gophers and seize a six-point lead. Seven Minnesota players scored in the half. Wisconsin made it rain from long range, shooting 64 percent (7-of-11) from three-point land. The Badgers played team basketball in the first half, to the tune of nine assists on 11 field goals. Julian Welch is putting together a nice game so far for Minnesota. The junior has five points.

Indiana 84, Illinois 71: BOX | RECAP | SCOREBOARD | @BTN_Illinois & @BTN_Indiana

FINAL: Cody Zeller scored 22 points and grabbed four rebounds and Christian Watford added 18 points and five boards as they teamed up to lead No. 23 Indiana to an 84-71 victory  over Illinois on Thursday at Assembly Hall in Bloomington. Indiana (19-6) shot 50 percent from the field (21-of-42). The Hoosiers shot 35-of-42 from the free throw line. Indiana got a spark from Zeller, who poured in 5-of-8 shooting from the field. The Hoosiers also got double-digit contributions from Jordan Hulls, who scored 15 and Victor Oladipo, who scored 18. Meyers Leonard scored 17 points, corralled three rebounds, contributed three assists, and made 7-of-10 shots from the floor for Illinois (16-8) in the game. The Fighting Illini shot 52 percent from the field (26-of-50). Illinois also got double-digit performances from Brandon Paul, who scored 13 and D.J. Richardson, who scored 19.

HALFTIME: Meyers Leonard is doing all he can, but Illinois is down 38-36 to No. 23 Indiana as the teams head to halftime. In the first 20 minutes, Leonard scored 15 points and shot 6-of-8 from the field. An aggressive offense and the ability to get to the charity stripe allowed the Hoosiers to take a halftime lead. Indiana went 16-for-16 on free throws in the first half. The Hoosiers led 13-6 when the Fighting Illini went on a 10-0 run to take a three-point lead. Indiana fired often and fired with accuracy from distance, hitting 44 percent (4-of-9) of its three-point attempts. The Hoosiers shared the ball, finishing with seven assists on nine field goals in the first half.

Seven Indiana players scored in the first half. Indiana has found a way to neutralize Illinois’ leading scorer, Brandon Paul. With two points, the junior will need a strong second half to get to his usual level of production (15.1 points per game). Cody Zeller led the way for the Hoosiers in the first half, with eight points.

Northwestern 83, Iowa 64: BOX | RECAP | SCOREBOARD | @BTN_Iowa & @BTN_NU

FINAL: Dave Sobolewski scored 23 points to lift Northwestern to an 83-64 win over Iowa on Thursday at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston. Northwestern (15-8) hit 56 percent of its field goals (27-of-48). The Wildcats shot 13-of-25 from three-point range during the game, good for 52 percent. Northwestern shot 16-of-23 from the free throw line. Other Northwestern scorers in double figures included Drew Crawford, who scored 11, Alex Marcotullio, who scored 13, Reggie Hearn, who scored 16, and John Shurna, who scored 17. Aaron White had 17 points, corralled 11 rebounds, and went 7-of-10 from the field for Iowa (13-12) in the game.

The Hawkeyes hit 51 percent of their field goals (23-of-45). Iowa was able to secure second chance opportunities, grabbing eight offensive boards. More Iowa scoring came from Roy Devyn Marble, who scored 10, Melsahn Basabe, who scored 13, and Matt Gatens, who scored 15. The Hawkeyes won the battle on the boards in the loss, as Iowa pulled down 26 to 20 for the Wildcats. Northwestern led 24-23 with 7:01 to go in the first half before it widened the margin to 11 points with a 14-4 run that ended late in the first. Shurna capped the run off with a field goal that helped the Wildcats lead 38-29 at the half.

HALFTIME: Iowa is down 38-29 to Northwestern at the half despite a big game so far for Aaron White. In the first 20 minutes, White scored nine points, grabbed seven rebounds, and shot 4-of-5 from the field. The Wildcats moved the ball in the first half, accounting for 11 assists on 15 field goals. Iowa goes into the break with the offensive rebounding advantage, with seven to Northwestern’s two. John Shurna is putting together a nice game so far for the Wildcats. The senior has 11 points.

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R. Carmichael on 2/9/2012 @ 4:12pm EDT Said:

Why can’t we watch the Iowa mens Basketball games in the Des Moines Area. on the Big Ten Network. I was told by Media com that we have to have an upgrade of a Digital Adapter to see the games because they are on ESPNU. I thought that when the BTN came on board we would not have to pay extra to see the games. Why is this happening?

    BTN.com staff on 2/9/2012 @ 4:48pm EDT Said:

    Thanks for the message. The Big Ten Conference divides the rights to home Big Ten games to BTN, ESPN and CBS for men’s basketball telecasts. Cable companies carry BTN on a regular base package inside the Big Ten’s nine states. Outside the nine states, BTN is offered on a sports pack. If you are writing in regards to an ESPN broadcast, we recommend you contact your Mediacom provider to see if ESPNU is offered through its basic package. We hope this information helps.

Mike on 2/9/2012 @ 8:56pm EDT Said:

Do you guys review game tapes? It seems like Gus Johnson moonlights as a cheerleader for Indiana. It doesn’t matter much who they play. If you listened to his call, you’d think Illinois is down by 15.

Charles Mesterharm on 2/9/2012 @ 11:23pm EDT Said:

Is Gus Johnson an IU alum or Tom Crean’s best buddy? His announcing of IU games is so biased and one sided it is a joke. I had to turn the game off in the first half and was forced to watch Rob on CBS, which is perhaps one of the worst shows ever, but still better than listening to Gus. If this was a game I was really interested in, I’m not an alum of either school, I would have had put the game on mute.

jeff watson on 2/10/2012 @ 12:03pm EDT Said:

Gus and Jimmie were just awful lastnight!!! Get rid of both of them or I am getting rid of the network!!!!!!!

Dick Muldoon on 2/10/2012 @ 5:12pm EDT Said:

C’mon guys, Gus likes offense. Indiana provides it. If you think it’s bad this year, just wait till IU gets a real point guard …

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