In last year’s tri-meet against Iowa and Nebraska, the Gophers finished third out of the three competitors. But this season they did not let history repeat itself. It wasn’t Minnesota’s strongest meet. They struggled with the last three events, allowing Nebraska and Iowa to close the scoring gap. But the No. 6 Gophers pulled through and won the meet with a total score of 340.0. The 11th-ranked Cornhuskers finished in second with a 336.5, and No. 12 Iowa came in third at 334.5. Read the full recap at GopherSports.com.
No. 12 Michigan State handed No. 3 Ohio State its first home loss of the Jared Sullinger era (recap) and Tim Frazier led Penn State past Nebraska (recap) in men’s hoops action Saturday. Catch up on all the action on our BTN.com scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart covers Big Ten basketball throughout the season, and here are his latest posts. During all the action, BTN.com editors watch for the best highlights and post them in our Did You See This? feature.
In one of the biggest tests of his career, Adreian Payne played his best game as No. 12 Michigan State upset No. 3 Ohio State on Saturday at Value City Arena (AP recap). The sophomore big man scored a career-high 15 points, including 11 in the first half, went a perfect 6 of 6 from the field and frustrated Ohio State star Jared Sullinger. The 15-point night marked Payne’s first consecutive double-digit games — he tallied 12, which matched a career-high, Wednesday against Penn State. Watch two of Payne’s most impressive points, as he slams home Draymond Green’s missed shot. Speaking of Payne, he had a nice alley-oop in the aforementioned Penn State win.
Northwestern won its third consecutive Big Ten Match Play Championship on Saturday at The Concession Golf Club, defeating Minnesota 3-1-1 in the finals. Wins from Eric Chun, Jack Perry and Bennett Lavin pushed the seventh-seeded Wildcats to the win over the eighth-seeded Gophers and to their 14th win in 15 matches all-time at the Match Play Championship (see the final brackets!).
Penn State’s Billy Oliver, perhaps best known for his breakout performance against Purdue earlier this season, has elected to end his playing career due to re-occurring symptoms related to concussions and migraine headaches. Oliver, a sophomore, scored a career-high 21 points, all on 3-pointers, in Penn State’s 65-45 upset over Purdue on Jan. 5. The forward averaged 6.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 21 games this season and finishes his career at 3.8 ppg and 2.1 rpg in 58 games.
Junior All-America candidate Torey Krug singlehandedly brought Michigan State out of a two-goal hole and his assist on Matt Berry’s game-winner in the third period helped the 17th-ranked Spartans down archrival Michigan, 3-2, in front of 7,103 fans at Munn Ice Arena. The decision marked Michigan State’s third straight victory, while it snapped Michigan’s three-game winning streak. Read the full recap at MSUSpartans.com. Or at MGoBlue.com. The Spartans and Wolverines meet meet for the fifth time this season on Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
This past week on The Journey, presented by GMC, we looked at the legendary Indiana-Purdue rivalry with the Paint Crew and went behind the scenes of Draymond Green’s return from injury against rival Michigan. Also, we met the Minnesota natives on the Badgers as they went back home to Minneapolis and got to know Lenzelle Smith Jr., Ohio State’s jack of all trades. Right now, watch a clip on Green and Mateen Cleaves and see bonus clips in this post. And don’t forget to follow the Jouney on Twitter @BTNJourney.