D.J. Byrd scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half and Purdue upset No. 17 Wisconsin 69-56 Sunday afternoon. Terone Johnson added 16 points for the Boilermakers (14-15, 7-9 Big Ten), who had lost three straight road games and four of five overall. Purdue took control with a 21-3 run in the second half during which Byrd had nine points and Johnson eight.
Every Big Ten women’s basketball team was in action Sunday, the final day of the regular season. But it wasn’t until the sixth and final game of the day that a champion was crowned, as No. 7 Penn State dropped No. 20 Nebraska to win its second consecutive outright Big Ten championship. Get caught up on all the action with stats, recaps and video highlights/interviews in this post.
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Get your sunglasses ready, Big Ten basketball fans. Michigan will rock its neon yellow/highlighter adidas “Bleed Out” uniform Sunday vs. Michigan State. The Wolverines debuted the new uniform last month in an overtime victory over rival Ohio State, and the reviews weren’t exactly glowing.
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On Saturday night’s “The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013,” we profiled first-year Nebraska coach Tim Miles, Iowa junior Melsahn Basabe and Michigan State’s Adreian Payne. In this segment from the show, learn what recent life situation had Miles saying this: “It’s the only time in my entire life I felt like I don’t want to coach this game.” Also, learn more about Basabe’s role with the Hawkeyes.
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There’s no denying it, Cody Zeller struggled in No. 1 Indiana’s loss Tuesday at Minnesota. The sophomore also got off to a rough start in Saturday’s win over Iowa, but he opened the game aggressive and was rewarded for his hustle on an incredible first-half sequence. It all started on defense, where Zeller dived from behind to knock the ball loose, and then got up to his feet and hammered down a powerful dunk. Watch the sequence here.
Cody Zeller overcame a sluggish start to score 22 points and Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell added a career-high 19 as No. 1 Indiana got past Iowa 73-60 on Saturday night. The Hoosiers (25-4, 13-3 Big Ten) rebounded from this week’s loss to Minnesota. It was no typical night for Indiana’s shooters, who were 38.9 percent from the field and didn’t hit a 3-pointer until the final minute.
So many of us have seen basketball players go to their knees and kiss the center court logo as they exit for the final time on Senior Day. But what about hockey players kissing the logo at center ice? It’s a Michigan State tradition, and thanks to @MSU_Hockey, there’s an outstanding photo of this year’s senior class continuing the tradition Saturday night.