Tyler Griffey capped a terrific week for Illinois with 16 points, and the Fighting Illini went 11 for 23 from 3-point range in a 57-53 win over No. 18 Minnesota on Sunday night. Three days after Griffey’s buzzer-beating layup gave Illinois (17-8, 4-7) a 74-72 victory over No. 1 Indiana, Tracy Abrams swished a step-back 3-pointer with 18 seconds left to stretch the lead over Minnesota to four.
Right when Ben Brust’s buzzer-beater fell Saturday afternoon, it brought back memories of Evan Turner’s game-winner in the 2010 Big Ten tourney. Honestly, the two shots are that similar. Not just from the standpoint they both came against Michigan, either. Both also followed clutch shots by the Wolverines and were released from close to the same spot on the floor.
How about the sequence Victor Oladipo compiled in the first half of Sunday’s win at No. 10 Ohio State? It was so nice, it had analyst Clark Kellogg later uttering this gem: “Victor Oladipo is like a baby’s bottom – smooth and sometimes…explosive!” Quite the description, huh? But it was accurate, as the junior showed smoothness on a reverse alley-oop layup and explosiveness on a powerful two-handed flush. Watch the sequence now and see tweets about it in this post.
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CBS analyst and former Ohio State standout Clark Kellogg offered quite the descriptive analysis of Indiana guard Victor Oladipo’s game during No. 1 Indiana’s win at No. 10 Ohio State. After showing a montage of Oladipo’s highlights coming out of a timeout, Kellogg spewed this memorable line: “Victor Oladipo is like a baby’s bottom – smooth and sometimes…explosive!” For real. Watch the analysis in this video.
Sunday’s slate of five Big Ten women’s games was highlighted by Michigan’s 67-56 upset victory at No. 13 Purdue. Kate Thompson hit six 3-pointers and scored 22 points to help lead the Wolverines to the big road upset. Another ranked team was in action, as No. 8 Penn State topped Michigan State, 71-56. Catch up on all of Sunday’s women’s hoops action in this post.