It wasn’t pretty, but the Illinois men’s basketball team held on to beat West Chester, 75-66, in its exhibition finale Sunday at Assembly Hall. Tracy Abrams scored 17 points to pace four Illini in double figures. Twenty-one Illinois turnovers allowed West Chester to keep the score closer than expected. Illinois opens the regular season at 8 p.m. ET Friday vs. Colgate.
The Iowa men’s basketball team torched Quincy, 100-54, in exhibition action Sunday afternoon at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa scored the game’s first 22 points and held Quincy without a field goal for the first 10-plus minutes. It also notched 41 points off 31 turnovers. Four Hawkeyes scored in double figures, paced by freshman Mike Gesell’s 18 points. Josh Oglesby and Eric May each scored 15, and Melsahn Basabe added 10.
Trevor Mbakwe is very confident in his team, to the point that he’s making a guarantee. The Minnesota power forward tweeted Saturday night that he’ll pay back this season’s scholarship if the Gophers don’t make the NCAA tournament. See the tweet in this post, plus a couple follow up ones.
In the final tuneup before the regular season tips, the Purdue men’s basketball team cruised to a 109-68 exhibition victory over Newberry on Saturday night at Mackey Arena. Terone Johnson shot 8-of-10 from the field and scored 18 points, freshmen Rapheal Davis and Ronnie Johnson each tallied 16 and D.J. Byrd chipped in 11. The Boilermakers shot 55 percent from the field. Read the full recap at PurdueSports.com.
Tim Frazier scored 17 points and added eight assists and five rebounds to help lift Penn State to 79-54 exhibition victory over Philadelphia on Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center. Jon Graham and Southern Miss transfer D.J. Newbill chipped in 16 and 15 points, respectively, as the Nittany Lions ran past head coach Patrick Chambers’ alma mater. Read full recap at GoPSUSports.com.
In Michigan State’s second men’s basketball exhibition game on Friday night, the Spartans defeated St. Cloud State 62-49. Here are a few video highlights. Find full stats at MSUSpartans.com.
We’re going to try something new this year. Instead just previewing every team like we usually do, we’ll give the people what they really want—ammunition to win arguments. So for every team, we’ll have both sides of the debate covered. First up, Minnesota.