B1G hoops roundup: Badgers remain perfect
It was a busy day of men’s hoops Saturday, as nine Big Ten teams were in action. The conference went 4-5 on the day, highlighted by wins from Nebraska, Ohio State, Michigan State and Wisconsin. Catch up on all the scores, stats, recaps and select video highlights in this post.
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OREGON 71, ILLINOIS 64 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) Mike Moser had 14 points and nine rebounds, and No. 15 Oregon remained unbeaten with a 71-64 victory over Illinois on Saturday night. Joseph Young added 14 points for the Ducks in the game at Portland’s newly renamed Moda Center, home of the NBA’s Trail Blazers. Oregon improved to 9-0 in its best start since it won its first 13 games in the 2006-07 season.
NOTRE DAME 79, INDIANA 72 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) Jerian Grant had 23 points and nine assists Saturday, and Pat Connaughton scored all 14 of his points in the second half to lead Notre Dame past Indiana 79-72 in the Crossroads Classic. Despite having most of the crowd clad in Indiana red, the Hoosiers (8-3) lost for the second straight year in Indianapolis. Will Sheehey tied his career high with 22 points, while Yogi Ferrell finished with 13.
ARIZONA 72, MICHIGAN, 70 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) Nick Johnson made six free throws over the final 25 seconds, and No. 1 Arizona held on for a 72-70 victory over Michigan on Saturday after rallying from an 11-point deficit in the second half. The Wolverines (6-4) led by one when Johnson drew a foul on a drive with 24.6 seconds left. He made both free throws, and Michigan’s Nik Stauskas missed at the other end. After a tie-up, the possession arrow gave the Wildcats (11-0) the ball with 9.5 seconds remaining.
MICHIGAN STATE 67, OAKLAND 63 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) Keith Appling scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half and Adreian Payne had 20 points and 10 rebounds as No. 5 Michigan State held off Oakland 67-63 on Saturday. Branden Dawson added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the shorthanded Spartans (8-1), who were rusty early and turnover-prone after a 10-day break. Michigan State played without leading scorer Gary Harris, who is still nursing an ankle injury.
NEBRASKA 79, ARKANSAS STATE 67 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) Shavon Shields scored 15 points to lead four Nebraska players in double figures, and the Cornhuskers rode a fast start to a 79-67 victory over Arkansas State on Saturday. Ray Gallegos added 13 points, Walter Pitchford had 12 and Terran Petteway 11 for the Huskers (7-3), who bounced back from a 15-point loss to in-state rival Creighton on Sunday.
OHIO STATE 79, N. DAKOTA STATE 62 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) LaQuintin Ross and Lenzelle Smith Jr. each scored 18 points to lead No. 3 Ohio State past North Dakota State 79-62 on Saturday night. Freshman Mark Loving had a career-high 12 points, and Sam Thompson also had 12. Aaron Craft added six points and seven assists for the Buckeyes, who shot 53 percent from the field.
PRINCETON 81, PENN STATE 79 (OT) | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) Will Barrett scored 15 of his team-high 24 points in the final 6:34 of regulation and overtime Saturday to lead Princeton to an improbable 81-79 overtime comeback win over Penn State. The game was coined as “Return to Rec” because the Nittany Lions (8-4) returned to their venerable old arena, Rec Hall, instead of the newer Bryce Jordan Center, which they moved to in 1996. Penn State guards Tim Frazier and D.J. Newbill carried the scoring load with 24 points each
BUTLER 76, PURDUE 70 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) Kellen Dunham scored 25 points to help Butler defeat Purdue 76-70 on Saturday evening in the Crossroads Classic. Khyle Marshall had 18 points and nine rebounds and Erik Fromm scored 14 points for the Bulldogs (8-2), who won their third straight. The Bulldogs improved to 3-0 in Crossroads Classic games. Last year, the Bulldogs upset No. 1 Indiana 88-86 in overtime.
WISCONSIN 86, EASTERN KENTUCKY 61 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) Ben Brust scored 20 points to lead four Wisconsin players in double figures and the fourth-ranked Badgers beat Eastern Kentucky 86-61 on Saturday. Freshman reserve Nigel Hayes scored a career-high 17 points for the Badgers (12-0), who are off to the best start to a season since 1915-16 when they started 12-0 and finished 20-1. Sam Dekker added 16 points, while Frank Kaminsky shrugged off a right foot injury that hampered him this week to add 13.