Deshaun Thomas, playing perhaps his final home game for No. 14 Ohio State, scored 19 points Sunday to lead the Buckeyes to a 68-55 victory over Illinois, keeping alive their hopes of a Big Ten title tie. The victory put Ohio State (23-7, 13-5) in position to grab a share of the Big Ten title if No. 7 Michigan can win at home against No. 2 Indiana later on Sunday.
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Traevon Jackson made a contested 3-pointer at the buzzer and finished with 15 points, and No. 22 Wisconsin survived an upset scare from Penn State with a 63-60 win Sunday in its regular-season finale. The Badgers (21-10, 12-6 Big Ten) went the length of the court with less than 4 seconds left. Jackson pulled up at the wing and made the 3 over the outstretched arm of Kevin Montminy.
Following Saturday afternoon’s 89-73 victory over Minnesota, Purdue held its Senior Day to honor Dru Anthrop and D.J. Byrd. Both players received framed personalized jerseys and delivered a speech to the Mackey Arena faithful. Head coach Matt Painter also talked about the seniors and their impact on the program. Watch Purdue honor its seniors now.
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Aaron White led a balanced effort with 19 points and Iowa beat Nebraska 74-60 in its regular-season finale on Saturday, finishing at .500 in the Big Ten for the first time in six years. Freshman Adam Woodbury added 12 points and Melsahn Basabe registered an 11-point, 13-rebound double-double for the Hawkeyes (20-11, 9-9), who clinched the No. 6 seed in next week’s Big Ten tournament.
Prior to Saturday’s season-finale victory over Nebraska, Iowa honored two-time captain Eric May and walk-on Christopher Rickert on Senior Day. May, the lone player left from the Todd Lickliter regime and a crowd favorite, grabbed six rebounds, dished out six assists and had a steal Saturday to help the Hawkeyes claim their first 20-win season since 2005-06 and their first .500 conference clip since 2006-07. Watch Iowa honors its seniors here.
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The Big Ten tournament bracket comes out Sunday night. Here at BTN.com, we’re trying something new around the release of the bracket that we hope Big Ten fans enjoy. It’s a bracket with 12 slots that features each team’s best dunk from the 2012-13 season.
D.J. Byrd and Rapheal Davis each scored 18 points as Purdue rolled past Minnesota 89-73 on Saturday. The Boilermakers (15-16, 8-10) won for only the third time in seven games as they head into next week’s Big Ten tournament.