5 on 5: Saturday's top hoops plays & players

It was another busy Saturday on the Big Ten hardwood. Seven teams were in action (catch up on all the games), and even though Illinois (Missouri) and Ohio State (Kansas) fell in the day’s biggest tests, there were plenty of highlights and strong individual performances. Watch Saturday’s top plays and see the top statlines in this post.

TOP PLAYERS
1. Derrick Nix, Michigan State – The Spartans big man lifted Michigan State past Texas, 67-56, with a career-high 25 points and 11 rebounds. Nix also drained a career-best 11 free throws.

2. Aaron White, Iowa – White threw down six dunks – yes, six! – and scored 20 points on only eight field goal attempts. He made seven of his shots (88 percent) and added six freebies.

3. Dylan Talley, Nebraska – How about this statline? Talley drained a career-high six treys and put up 21 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals, all while committing zero turnovers.

4. Joe Coleman, Minnesota – The numbers won’t wow anyone, but Coleman was efficient in scoring 12 points, on 6-of-8 shooting, and tallying four rebounds, two steals and one block in just 20 minutes.

5. Shannon Scott, Ohio State – It came in a losing effort, however Scott continued his surprising start, coming off the bench for 15 points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals and zero turnovers.

TOP PLAYS

Eric May is an athletic freak, and he proved it with this impressive And-1.

Lenzelle Smith Jr. isn’t afraid to challenge Jeff Withey, the nation’s blocks leader.

Aaron White slammed six times Saturday, perhaps none better than this one:

How many big men can match Adreian Payne’s dribble, drive, dunk? Not many, that’s how many.

It’s tough to top Wally Ellenson’s first career bucket. Check out this acrobatic reverse slam:

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