Live Blog: Big Ten basketball season openers

Nine Big Ten men’s basketball teams opened their 2013-14 seasons Friday night, and all nine were victorious. Get caught up on all the best highlights in this post. Also, catch up on the opening night’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard.

We also recommend you read our full set of men’s team previews from our colleagues The Big Ten Geeks.

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Hey look! Stephen Bardo’s first regular season game on BTN!

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Nice shot of the court in Sioux City, South Dakota.

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A look at the Gene Keady coaching tree …

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And a look at the great Mr. Keady himself…

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Halftime: Michigan State 52, McNeese State 25

Gary Harris scored 15 points for No. 2 Michigan State in the first half to carry the Spartans to a 52-25 lead over McNeese State.

Harris and Travis Trice are leading the way for Michigan State. Harris grabbed seven rebounds and shot 5-of-9 from the field. Trice scored 11 points, grabbed three rebounds, had three assists, and shot 4-of-5 from the field.

Trailing 12-5, the Cowboys used an 8-0 run to blow past the Spartans and take a one-point lead.

Michigan State hit eight threes in the first half, shooting 53 percent from deep. Michigan State goes into the break with the offensive rebounding advantage, with 10 to McNeese State’s three. The Spartans moved the ball in the first half, accounting for 14 assists on 20 field goals. Michigan State got points from seven different players.

Seven McNeese State players scored in the first half. Craig McFerrin helped the Cowboys with five points and three rebounds.

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Halftime: Michigan 23, Massachusetts-Lowell 23

Massachusetts-Lowell allowed No. 7 Michigan to take a 8-0 lead early in the game.

After already giving up 11 offensive rebounds to the Wolverines, the River Hawks will have to keep Michigan off the boards in the second half.

Glenn Robinson III helped the Wolverines with 10 points and five rebounds. Akeem Williams is leading Massachusetts-Lowell. The senior has 10 points and three rebounds.

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Halftime: Wisconsin 35, St. John’s 23

Traevon Jackson has nine points on 3-of-4 shooting to lead No. 20 Wisconsin to a 35-23 lead over St. John’s at the end of the first half. The Badgers led from the start and led by as many as 18 points.

Wisconsin shot 5-of-10 from beyond the arc in the first half (50 percent). The Badgers applied the pressure in the first half, earning second-chance opportunities with eight offensive rebounds, to just five for the Red Storm.
Seven Wisconsin players have scored. Eight St. John’s players scored in the half.

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Halftime: Indiana 47, Chicago State 28

Indiana’s offense is shooting 48 percent, and Hoosiers lead 47-28 at the half. Indiana held a 39-28 lead before breaking out for a 8-0 run to close the half.

The Hoosiers were able to draw fouls and get to the line with regularity. Indiana went 18-for-21 on free throws in the first half. The Hoosiers led from the start and led by as many as 19 points.

Indiana was leading when it used an 8-0 spurt to widen its advantage to a 19-point margin.

Indiana got points from nine different players. Eight Chicago State players scored in the first half.

The Hoosiers’ Jeremy Hollowell has 10 points. Clarke Rosenberg led Chicago State in the first half, with eight points.

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How about this shot of Michigan’s banners? The latest one was added tonight.

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Final: Michigan State 98, McNeese State 56

Gary Harris scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Branden Dawson added 12 points and 12 boards as they teamed up to lead No. 2 Michigan State to a 98-56 victory over McNeese State on Friday at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing.

Michigan State (1-0) hit 53 percent of its field goals (42-of-80). The Spartans were on fire from beyond the arc during the game, shooting 38 percent (10-of-26). Michigan State was tough on the offensive boards, grabbing 20.

Travis Trice shot 4-of-7 from the field and scored 11 points for the Spartans. Other Michigan State scorers in double figures included Adreian Payne (10 points), Keith Appling (11 points), and Denzel Valentine (12 points).

McNeese State (0-1) had trouble finding its touch, shooting just 27 percent (20-of-74) from the field. The Cowboys got double-digit efforts from Ledrick Eackles and Jamaya Burr, who each scored 11.

Michigan State outrebounded McNeese State 66-31.

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Final: Michigan 69, Massachusetts-Lowell 42

No. 7 Michigan held Massachusetts-Lowell to 14-of-48 shooting, as defense led the Wolverines to a 69-42 victory on Friday at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor.

Michigan (1-0) held Massachusetts-Lowell (0-1) to 29 percent shooting from the field and grabbed 26 defensive rebounds, while only allowing 10 offensive rebounds.

Glenn Robinson III had a big performance for the Wolverines with 15 points, eight rebounds, and three assists.

Michigan took control of the game right after halftime. The Wolverines trailed 25-23 early in the second half, but a 26-2 run allowed them to take a 22-point lead midway through the second half.

Michigan went 24-of-32 from the charity stripe as a team (75 percent). The Wolverines were able to secure 15 offensive boards. Michigan also got double-digit efforts from Zak Irvin (10 points) and Caris LeVert (17 points).

Tyler Livingston had 10 points and yanked down 10 rebounds for the River Hawks in the game. Massachusetts-Lowell also got a solid contribution from Akeem Williams (16 points).

The Wolverines won the rebounding battle pulling down 41 boards to 33 for the River Hawks.

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Halftime: Minnesota 37, Lehigh 18

Minnesota held Lehigh’s offense to 30 percent shooting, helping the Golden Gophers to a 37-18 halftime advantage. Minnesota held a 26-16 lead before breaking out for a 11-2 run to close the half.

The Golden Gophers didn’t trail once in the first half and they also led by as many as 19 points.

Trailing 19-11, the Mountain Hawks went cold, going 3:48 without a point while Minnesota went on a 7-0 run to open up a 15-point lead.

The Golden Gophers made 10 of 12 two-point shots in the first half, but shot 4-of-12 from beyond the arc. Seven Minnesota players scored in the first half.

Joey King is leading Minnesota. The sophomore has ten points. Austin Price led Lehigh in the first half, with six points.

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Halftime: Illinois 40, Alabama State 26

Illinois used a 12-3 run late in the frame to take a 40-26 lead over Alabama State into the locker room.

The Hornets went into a funk with the score 31-25, going 1:13 without a point while the Fighting Illini went on a 7-0 run to open up a 13-point lead.

Illinois got points from eight different players.

Alabama State made it rain from long range, shooting 45 percent (5-of-11) from three-point land. Seven Alabama State players have scored.

Illinois’ Rayvonte Rice has 11 points. Jamel Waters led the Hornets in the first half, with nine points.

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Final: Purdue 77, Northern Kentucky 76

Ronnie Johnson went 7-of-11 from the field and led five Purdue players in double digits with 18 points as the Boilermakers held on to beat Northern Kentucky 77-76 on Friday at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette.

Purdue also got double-digit contributions from Errick Peck (11 points) and Kendall Stephens, Jay Simpson, and Terone Johnson, who each scored 10.

There were 11 lead changes in the game.

Purdue (1-0) also got a double-digit game from.

Jordan Jackson scored 24 points for Northern Kentucky (0-1) in the loss. Jack Flournoy had a quality shooting game, nailing 4-of-6 shots from the field and scoring 12 points. The Norse were on fire from beyond the arc during the game, shooting 50 percent (13-of-26). Northern Kentucky also got a double-digit performance from Todd Johnson (12 points).

Free throws played a key role in the outcome, as the Boilermakers not only went to the line nine more times than the Norse, but made the most of their opportunities, shooting 16-of-20. Those free throws came courtesy of 17 fouls committed by Northern Kentucky who was 9-of-11 from the line.
Purdue was more effective from the floor, shooting 46 percent (27-of-59) to the Norse’s 43 percent (27-of-63).

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Final: Wisconsin 80, St. John’s 70

Josh Gasser scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Traevon Jackson added 13 points and three boards as they teamed up to lead No. 20 Wisconsin to an 80-70 victory over St. John’s on Friday at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls.

Wisconsin (1-0) hit 47 percent of its field goals (25-of-53). The Badgers shot 11-of-23 from three-point range during the game, good for 48 percent. Wisconsin grabbed 14 offensive rebounds. The Badgers also got double-digit games from Ben Brust (13 points), Sam Dekker (14 points), and Duje Dukan (15 points).

D’Angelo Harrison scored 24 points, pulled down five rebounds, and went 8-of-14 from the field for St. John’s (0-1) in the loss. The Red Storm shot 52 percent from the field (26-of-50). St. John’s also got a double-digit game from Jakarr Sampson (21 points).

Wisconsin never trailed in the game. The Badgers’ largest lead was 18, which came with 4:04 to go in the first half.

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Final: Illinois 80, Alabama State 64

Jamel Waters led Alabama State with 28 points, but it was not enough as the Hornets fell to Illinois 80-64 Friday at State Farm Center in Champaign.

Illinois (1-0) kept its foot on the gas to start the second half. The Fighting Illini led 28-23 with 4:39 to go in the first half before they widened the margin to 17 points with a 15-3 run that ended with 19:23 in the game.

Rayvonte Rice sparked Illinois as he contributed 22 points in the win. Joseph Bertrand shot 6-of-9 from the field and scored 14 points for the Fighting Illini. Illinois went 22-of-30 from the charity stripe as a team (73 percent). The Fighting Illini also got a double-digit contribution from Nnanna Egwu (10 points).

Alabama State (0-1) had trouble finding its touch, shooting just 36 percent (23-of-64) from the field. The Hornets were hot from long range, hitting 10-of-22 threes for a 45 percent night from beyond the arc.

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Final: Minnesota 81, Lehigh 62

Joey King scored 20 points and Andre Hollins added 18 points as they teamed up to lead Minnesota to an 81-62 victory over Lehigh on Friday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.

Minnesota (1-0) hit 48 percent of its field goals (27-of-56). The Golden Gophers were on fire from beyond the arc during the game, shooting 39 percent (9-of-23). King boosted Minnesota, with 6-of-9 shooting from the field.

A run lasting across the halftime break allowed the Golden Gophers to grab the advantage. Minnesota was winning 26-16 in the first before it went on a 16-3 run to extend its lead to 23 points early in the second half.

The Golden Gophers also got double-digit games from Austin Hollins and Elliott Eliason, who each scored 11.

Mackey McKnight had 18 points and hit 4-of-7 three-pointers for Lehigh (0-1) in the loss. The Mountain Hawks also got a double-digit contribution from Austin Price (15 points).

Minnesota never trailed in the game. The Golden Gophers’ largest lead was 24, which came with 16:02 in the game. Minnesota won the free throw battle, shooting 86 percent (18-of-21) from the charity stripe, compared to 71 percent (10-of-14) for Lehigh.

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Halftime: Nebraska 39, FGCU 25

Nebraska leads 39-25 over FGCU at the half thanks to solid production from Shavon Shields, who has 14 points on 5-8 shooting. The Cornhuskers led by as many as 18 points in the first half and never trailed.

Jamail Jones is leading the Eagles. The junior has 10 points.

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Halftime: Iowa 45, UNC-Wilmington 12

Iowa clamped down defensively to hold the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks to 23 percent shooting in the first half and has a 45-12 lead going into the break. UNCW trailed 35-12 before allowing the Hawkeyes to go on a 13-0 run to close the half.

Iowa has the lead at halftime due in large part to its ability to get to the foul line. Through 20 minutes of play, the Hawkeyes are 12-for-17 from the free throw line.

Iowa never trailed in the first half and led by as many as 36 points. Leading 10-4, the Hawkeyes went on a 13-0 run to open up a 19-point advantage.

Iowa made 15 of 24 two-point shots in the first half, but shot 1-of-5 from beyond the arc. Ten Iowa players have scored.

Cedrick Williams and Addison Spruill have shouldered the offensive burden for the Seahawks, scoring 12 of the team’s 12 total points. Williams has scored seven and Spruill has added five.

Jarrod Uthoff helped the Hawkeyes with nine points.

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Mark F. Bock on 11/8/2013 @ 5:34pm EDT Said:

Earlier this week (11/4) the big ten channel elects to show the Michigan game in Indiana households while at the same time Indiana is playing another opponent. It appears the same thing is going to happen tonight (11/8) while Wisconsin is playing some opponent us folks in Indiana can only listed to the IU game while the Big Ten channel elects to show the Wisconsin game in Indiana households. WHY???

    BTN.com staff on 12/3/2013 @ 10:53am EDT Said:

    Mark, the 11/4 and 11/8 exhibition Indiana games were available online via IUHoosiers.com and the Big Ten Digital Network.