Matt Gatens scored 33 points and grabbed three rebounds to lift Iowa to a 67-66 upset win over No. 15 Wisconsin on Thursday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. Iowa (15-13) shot 48 percent from the field (24-of-50). It was the second straight career-high for Gatens, who had 30 points in Iowa’s win over then-No. 18 Indiana on Sunday (full recap). Iowa fans rushed the court (see the video in this post) to celebrate the win.
A handful of Big Ten women’s basketball games on Thursday night including Purdue at Michigan. Brittany Rayburn scored 15 points to help Purdue break a three-game losing streak with a 60-49 win over Michigan. Loads of other action tonight. Track the scores on the Big Ten scoreboard and dive inside this post for highlights from around the conference.
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You have questions, I have answers in my weekly Big Ten mailbag. For instance, why was San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh working at a recent Indiana Hoosiers game? Watch the video to find out. There were plenty of other hoop queries in my mailbag this week with the season winding down. In case you were wondering, the Big Ten tourney kicks off March 8 in Indianapolis. Tickets are available Monday.
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Michigan State got a scare last night, but it found a way to pull out victory at Minnesota to remain atop the Big Ten standings. But what else is going on in Big Ten and other related circles?
Throughout the 2011-12 Big Ten men’s basketball season, we’re spotlighting Gus Johnson’s best calls. The popular play-by-play announcer is calling men’s hoops for BTN all winter long, and we’ll clip and post his best calls and archive them here. Feel free to bookmark the page and come back all season right up through the Big Ten tourney. Right now, watch Johnson’s call of Austin Hollins hitting a 3-pointer and get all of the announcer’s best calls from Wednesday night’s Michigan State-Minnesota game in this post.
No. 6 Michigan State rallied past Minnesota late (recap) and Purdue knocked off Nebraska (recap) in our Super Wednesday doubleheader, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. Also in action, No. 24 Indiana took care of NC Central in a rare nonconference game (recap). Catch up on all three games on our BTN.com scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post.