In this week’s online-only “BTN Wrestling Report,” BTN’s Kara Lentz recaps the Minnesota-Illinois match from earlier this week. Plus, we look ahead to the weekend’s action with BTN’s Tim Johnson and Jim Gibbons and talk to Minnesota’s Kevin Steinhaus.
Since his 360 slam in mid-December, Rodney Williams has been uncharacteristically quiet on the jaw-dropping dunk front. He’s had his share of slams (watch in our Dunk Archive), but nothing to the level we’re accustom to. That changed Wednesday at Northwestern, when Williams was on the receiving end of a nice alley-oop. To be honest, the pass, from Joe Coleman, might have been as pretty as the dunk. Watch it now.
Jared Swopshire scored 16 points to lead Northwestern to a 55-48 victory over No. 14 Minnesota on Wednesday night. In a game where baskets were hard to come by at times, the Wildcats (12-8, 3-4 Big Ten) made just enough shots down the stretch to beat a ranked opponent for the second time in three games while sending the Gophers (15-4, 3-3) to their third straight loss.
Victor Oladipo scored 19 points, and Yogi Ferrell added a season-high 15 to help No. 8 Indiana rout Penn State 72-49 on Wednesday night. The Hoosiers (17-2, 5-1 Big Ten) survived a sluggish shooting first half with strong defense and used a fast second-half start to reassert their dominance in this series that has included only two home losses for Indiana..
Pop quiz: Which school has the longest streak of putting at least one player in the Super Bowl? Alabama? Florida? LSU? Nope, it isn’t a SEC school; it’s Nebraska, according to this USA TODAY story.
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Your team has the ball and is trailing by two points with less than 10 seconds to play. Who do you want to take the last shot? It’s no time for the faint at heart or the timid. Nope. This is the time for the clutch players with ice in their veins to step up.
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Michigan State won a battle of attrition in frigid Madison, edging Wisconsin by a 49-47 score. The Spartans are now 5-0 in games decided by three points or less, and this win was especially fortunate. The Badgers did an excellent job on defense, forcing Michigan State to take an abnormally high proportion of two-point jumpers: