Payton Banks tied his career-high with 24 points, Lamar Stevens added 21 and Penn State beat Illinois 83-70 on Saturday.
For the first time ever, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Selection Committee will reveal the nation’s top 16 seeds. How many Big Ten teams will be on it? Let the debate begin! The show airs at 12:30 PM, ET on CBS.
Malcolm Hill scored 14 points and Illinois beat Northwestern 68-61 on Tuesday night. Te'Jon Lucas, Maverick Morgan and Michael Finke each had 11 points, while Hill added nine rebounds for Illinois.
That was quick. One week after falling to No. 2 in last week's Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal, Wisconsin is back on top of Jon Crispin's latest list.
The season has rounded the halfway point. There have been surprises, disappointments … and whole bunch of fun games with lots to look forward to. Here is a midseason report as we race to the finish line.
The homestretch is in sight, and Wisconsin is the leader of the pack in the Big Ten—as many envisioned in the preseason. But, there is still a lot of basketball left to be played as we sprint toward the finish line. Get a preview of the week ahead inside.
And then there was one: Wisconsin stands alone atop the Big Ten with a 9-1 mark, knocking off Illinois and Indiana this week to run its winning streak to seven games. Wisconsin sits alone in first place after Maryland saw its seven-game winning streak end on Saturday with a home loss to Purdue.
Reggie Lynch scored 15 points to lead Minnesota to a 68-59 win over Illinois on Saturday to end a five-game losing streak.
Ethan Happ scored 14 points and led the way in No. 10 Wisconsin's 57-43 rout over Illinois on Tuesday night. Wisconsin (19-3, 8-1 Big Ten) started the game with a 16-2 run and never trailed.
Let me be the first to apologize to Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan. Also, no offense to Iowa’s Peter Jok. And, I hope Maryland’s Melo Trimble understands. But as the calendar is about to flip to February, there is no Big Ten player more valuable, versatile and dynamic than Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ.