Saturday hoops reacap: MSU stays perfect in Big Ten

There was doubleheader of Big Ten men’s hoops today on BTN/BTN2Go. Indiana rallied past Penn State, 79-76 in the first game of the day, while Michigan State won a 87-75 overtime thriller over Minnesota in the second game. Catch up on all the scores, stats and highlights in this post.

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(AP) Keith Appling scored 24 points to help No. 5 Michigan State beat Minnesota 87-75 in overtime Saturday after overcoming a double-digit deficit in the second half and blowing a lead late in regulation. The Spartans (15-1, 4-0 Big Ten) scored 15 straight points while holding the Golden Gophers (13-4, 2-2) scoreless for nearly 8 minutes after trailing 53-43 with 15:57 left.

(AP) Noah Vonleh scored a career-high 19 points, Yogi Ferrell added 15 and Indiana held off Penn State 79-76 on Saturday. The Hoosiers (11-5, 1-2 Big Ten) trailed by as many as 15 early before rallying by the reeling Nittany Lions (9-8, 0-4) in the second half. Indiana took the lead for good on a 3-pointer from the corner by Austin Etherington with 1:22 left and made six straight free throws to avoid its first worst start in conference play in three years. DJ Newbill scored 24 points, but his 3-point heave with 3 seconds left hit the back of the rim.

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Spartan in Los Angeles on 1/11/2014 @ 1:35pm EDT Said:

Glad to be back for the Rose Bowl and Cheering on my Spartans
Minnesota is powered on offense by Andre and Austin Hollins (no relation), and DeAndre Mathieu. The Gophers’ top scorers are all guards. The Hollins’ biggest strength is perimeter shooting, so it’s understandable that Minnesota lives and dies by the three at times.
To pull off a monumental upset against the Spartans, the Gophers will really have to be hot from three. Malik Smith, who followed Pitino from Florida International, is a volume shooter, and forwards Oto Osenieks and Joey King are also capable of shooting the deep ball.
Realistically, the only way Minnesota could pull off a miracle upset is if they can’t miss from three, I think Izzo has their full attention today. Our Spartan will get win #15 by double digits today
Go Green