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After a less-than-scintillating Sunday of hoops—Who knew Penn State-Michigan would be the best game?–let’s hope Tuesday’s huge Indiana and Michigan State game lives up to the hype. So, I’m gonna jump ahead and start daily links there.
D.J. Richardson scored 18 points to lead Illinois to a 62-41 victory over Northwestern on Sunday night. Tracy Abrams added 13 points off the bench for the Illini (19-8, 6-7 Big Ten), who have won four straight and got revenge for a 68-54 loss to Northwestern last month.
No. 18 Wisconsin took a 3-0 lead in the second period, but it had to hold off a furious comeback bid from No. 2 Minnesota in a 3-2 victory Sunday night at Soldier Field. The game was the nightcap of the OfficeMax Hockey City Classic, a college hockey doubleheader that marked the first time the iconic NFL stadium hosted hockey. Watch our highlights and see photos of the scene in this post.
Penn State, you did it again. For the second consecutive year, THON, the school’s annual fundraiser, set a record for money raised to help fight pediatric cancer. This year, the students’ 46 straight hours of dancing, which concluded at 4 p.m. Sunday, resulted in $12.3 million. Add it all up, and since the event debuted in 1977, it’s raised more than $100 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.
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Prior to Sunday’s tip vs. Ohio State, Wisconsin’s Ryan Evans was listed as questionable due to illness. Evans started despite being under the weather, and it’s a good thing he did. Not only did he help No. 20 Wisconsin beat No. 13 Ohio State, the senior provided one of the best individual highlights of his career with a remarkable second-half putback. Watch the dunk now and see the Twitter reaction to it in this post.
Glenn Robinson III was mired in a slump entering Sunday’s game versus Penn State. Averaging just 4.5 points and shooting 29 percent in the previous four games, Robinson went a perfect 6-of-6 from the field in Michigan’s 79-71 win. Playing aggressive again, five of Robinson III’s buckets were slams, including a few of the highlight-reel variety. Watch the freshman’s dunk-a-thon that helped him tie a career high with 21 points now.
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On Sunday night’s “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013,” we featured Michigan State’s Garry Harris, Michigan’s Maize Rage and Wisconsin’s Ben Brust. In this segment from the show, we take a look at Harris as he made his first visit to Purdue, the school where his mother starred, and go inside a Maize Rage meeting. Watch the segment now and check out bonus clips in this post.