Saturday hoops roundup: Big Ten goes perfect 5-0

There were five Big Ten hoops games on Saturday and the Big Ten made a huge statement, going a perfect 5-0 on the day. No. 5 Michigan State took down Texas in Austin, Illinois sent Missouri to its first loss, and No. 2 Ohio State made an incredible comeback to drop Notre Dame. Nebraska followed with a blowout win over The Citadel, while Michigan closed out the evening with an impressive victory over Stanford.

Catch up on all the day’s scores and stats in this post.

[ MORE: View Saturday's full Big Ten scoreboard ]

ILLINOIS 65, MISSOURI 64 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) Tracy Abrams scored a season-best 22 points and made two free throws with 4.6 seconds to lift Illinois over No. 23 Missouri 65-64 Saturday in the annual Braggin’ Rights game. Rayvonte Rice added 14 points for Illinois (9-2), which snapped a four-game losing streak in the 33rd renewal of the annual neutral-court matchup. Jordan Clarkson had 25 points and Earnest Ross added 13 for Missouri (10-1), which entered the game as the lone unbeaten school in the SEC.

[ MORE: Twitter: See our favorite reaction to Illinois' rivalry win ]

MICHIGAN 68, STANFORD 65 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) Nik Stauskas scored 19 points, and made 2 crucial free throws with 9 seconds left, leading Michigan to a 68-65 win over Stanford at the Barclays Center on Saturday night. Forward Glenn Robinson III added 17 for the Wolverines (7-4), who took care of the basketball all night. They turned it over only eight times.

MICHIGAN STATE 92, TEXAS 78 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) Adreian Payne scored a career-high 32 points and No. 5 Michigan State dominated the final 11 minutes of a 92-78 victory over Texas on Saturday. The Spartans (10-1) led for only 56 seconds in the first half as Texas (10-2) controlled the game early. Michigan State used a 9-2 run to take a 52-50 lead about halfway through the second half. Following two quick buckets by Jonathan Holmes, six Spartans scored during a 14-2 run that put the game away.

NEBRASKA 77, CITADEL 62 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) Terran Petteway had 27 points, including a mid-second half dunk that gave Nebraska the lead for good as the Huskers pulled away late to down The Citadel 77-62 Saturday. Nebraska (8-3) trailed The Citadel (4-9) 51-49 when Leslee Smith had a game-tying dunk with 10:58 left. Petteway then stole a fumbled Bulldog dribble at the Bulldog free throw line and went the length of the court for a dunk that started a 13-7 Husker run.

OHIO STATE 64, NOTRE DAME 61 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored seven of his nine points in the final 33 seconds and No. 3 Ohio State rallied from an eight-point deficit with 1:54 to play to beat Notre Dame 64-61 on Saturday night in the BlackRock Gotham Classic at Madison Square Garden. The Buckeyes (12-0), who had a woeful second half from the field, closed the game on a 14-3 run and Smith was the key to the closing spurt.

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Spartan in Los Angeles on 12/21/2013 @ 11:08pm EDT Said:

Great win for my Spartans tonight, AP earned a seat at the BiG Dawg table today. Time for some family vacation in Hawaii and then back to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl . Back to BTN on Jan10. MSU Doug if you are at the pep rally look me up

Go Green

Doug on 12/24/2013 @ 9:19pm EDT Said:

MSU’s road victory at Texas along with beating # 1 KY shows Izzo has his boys ready for a final four run !

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