Jasmine Thomas scored 14 of her 19 points in the second half and Michigan State used its stout defense to upset No. 8 Penn State 54-46 in the Big Ten tournament semifinals. Becca Mills added 16 points for the Spartans (24-7), who held Penn State to 22 percent shooting and enjoyed a 52-38 rebounding edge.
Sam Ostarello scored 18 points, Courtney Moses had 16 and Purdue beat No. 21 Nebraska 77-64 on Saturday to advance to the Big Ten tournament championship. KK Houser added 13 points, eight rebounds, six steals and five assists for the Boilermakers (23-8), who also beat Nebraska 69-66 in overtime on Jan. 5.
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.