The focus this week is on Madison, where Ohio State will try to move to 11-0. Wisconsin has a spot in the Big Ten title game sewn up but would like to win a share of the league title. To have a shot, the Badgers must down the Buckeyes.
Darrun Hilliard scored 22 points and Ryan Arcidiacono added 18 points as they teamed up to lead Villanova to an 89-81 overtime victory over Purdue on Thursday at Madison Square Garden in New York in the 2K Sports Classic.
Brandon Ubel scored 17 points, Ray Gallegosadded 14 and Nebraska overcame a late scoring drought to hold off cold-shooting Valparaiso 50-48 on Thursday night. Gallegos made a career-high four 3-pointers, all of them coming during big runs that helped the Cornhuskers (2-0) build a double-digit cushion against the defending Horizon League champion Crusaders (2-1).
In a blowout win of Sam Houston State on Thursday night, Indiana senior guard Jordan Hulls drilled a three-pointer from the top of the arc to reach 1,000 points in his Hoosier career. Once play stopped, the one-time Indiana Mr. Basketball from Bloomington South High School grinned as the crowd went wild, and during a timeout Indiana coach Tom Crean raised Hulls’ arm and acknowledged the crowd.
Iowa held Howard to 14-of-52 shooting, as defense led the Hawkeyes to a 66-36 victory on Thursday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. Iowa (3-0) held Howard (0-2) to 27 percent shooting from the field. Roy Devyn Marble had a big performance for the Hawkeyes, with 22 points and 9-of-15 shooting from the field.