Derrick Nix had 25 points and 11 rebounds to help No. 20 Michigan State surged past Texas 67-56 Saturday afternoon. Nix was 7-for-10 from the field and 11-for-13 at the line, a major improvement for a 64.9-percent foul shooter.
Aaron White scored 20 points as Iowa throttled Coppin State 80-50 on Saturday afternoon at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes (11-2) have won six straight games for the first time in eight years.
Josh Huestis tied a career-high with 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Stanford came away with a wild 70-68 victory over Northwestern (8-4) on Friday. The Cardinal (8-4) built an 18-point lead in the first half. Later, Northwestern’s Tre Demps nailed a 3-pointer and scored in the lane to tie it at 61 with 6:34 remaining. He hit another 3 with 1:50 left to tie it at 67, but Stanford held on.
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Cody Zeller had 24 points and six rebounds, leading four Indiana players into double figures and the sixth-ranked Hoosiers routed Florida Atlantic 88-52. The Hoosiers (11-1) have won 29 straight home games against nonconference foes. Since losing to Butler on Saturday, the Hoosiers have shot a combined 64 of 106 from the field (60.4 percent).
At the halftime of Friday’s women’s basketball game between Indiana and Xavier that aired live online on the Big Ten Digital Network, Dr. Lee Walden put on a pretty impressive shooting clinic. Walden, a travelling three-point specialist, shot 74 percent from three-point range as part of a game-related promotion. Watch it all in the video in this post.
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The 2011-12 Illini would push their record to 15-3 with a win over Ohio State (you remember, the Brandon Paul game), and they climbed all the way to 22nd in the AP poll. What followed was a complete collapse–Illinois went 2-12 the rest of the way, and what had looked like a surefire at-large team ended up with no postseason appearance at all. Somehow, the Illini had covered the full range of possibilities we had covered in our 2011-12 season preview (hey, the Brandon Paul/Kemba Walker comparison doesn’t seem quite so insane now!). Could such a nosedive happen again?