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.

Originally from Farmington Hills, MI, I have worked at the Big Ten Network since 2012 and took over my role as web editor and blogger in August, 2013. Follow me on twitter for constant Big Ten updates @srmerriman. Thanks and enjoy!!

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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

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