Not only was No. 12 Michigan State’s upset victory at No. 3 Ohio State huge for the Spartans (AP recap), but it did wonders to the Big Ten title race. Entering Saturday night’s contest at Value City Arena, where the Buckeyes hadn’t lost during the Jared Sullinger era, Ohio State had a chance to move two games ahead of the Spartans and the other legit Big Ten title contenders (Michigan and Wisconsin). That didn’t happen, of course, and now four teams are within one game of the top spot in the Big Ten.
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.
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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.
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.
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.