B1G Hoops Recap: Wisconsin, MSU notch home wins

There were two Big Ten men’s hoops games on Thursday night, and both had NCAA Tournament implications. No. 9 Michigan State cruised to an 85-70 victory over Northwestern in the early game, while No. 21 Wisconsin held off Minnesota, 78-70, in the second game of the evening.

Catch up on all the scores, stats and select in-game highlights in this post.

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WISCONSIN 78, MINNESOTA 70 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY

(AP) Frank Kaminsky scored 17 points, and No. 21 Wisconsin regained some of its frontcourt swagger in a 78-70 win Thursday night over Minnesota. Fellow forward Nigel Hayes added 15 for the Badgers, who kept Minnesota in the game following late free-throw woes.

MICHIGAN STATE 85, NORTHWESTERN 70 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY

(AP) Adreian Payne had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and No. 9 Michigan State cruised past Northwestern 85-70 on Thursday night to stay tied atop the Big Ten. The Spartans (21-4, 10-2) are even in the standings with rival Michigan – and those two teams meet in Ann Arbor on Feb. 23.

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Spartan in Los Angeles on 2/13/2014 @ 8:09pm EDT Said:

Yes you may dare to say it Denzel is the straw tat stirs the drink tonight! Nice win by my Spartans tonight have a good Valentines day Denzel

Doug on 2/13/2014 @ 8:44pm EDT Said:

MSU playing well without their starting point gaurd, Denzel stepping up nicely

Spartan in Los Angeles on 2/14/2014 @ 8:27am EDT Said:

We need that Doug I have a hunch he will have to finish a game for us in March