BTN.com staff, January 31, 2012
Illinois upset No. 10 Michigan State, 42-41, (recap) and No. 20 Wisconsin topped Penn State, 52-46, for its sixth consecutive win (recap) Tuesday night. Perhaps worse than the loss for the Spartans, Draymond Green left the game with a left knee injury (AP story), and he'll undergo tests Wednesday. Catch up on all the action with our Big Ten scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post.
Illini fans will like this alley-oop and dunk from Tuesday. See other Big Ten highlights in our Did You See This? archive. Up next on our weekly Super Wednesday doubleheader: Indiana-Michigan (6:30 ET) and Minnesota-Iowa (8:30). This week, our crew is taking the Auto-Owners Insurance Tip-off Show (6) on the road to the Crisler Center.
ILLINOIS 42, MICHIGAN STATE 41: BOX | AP RECAP | SCOREBOARD
FINAL: Illinois held No. 10 Michigan State to 14-of-57 shooting, as defense led the Fighting Illini to a 42-41 upset victory Tuesday at Assembly Hall. Michigan State (17-5) was held well below the 75.7 points per game it came in averaging on the season. Illinois (16-6) held the Spartans to 25 percent shooting from the field and hauled in 22 defensive boards. The teams traded the lead nine times in the game. Brandon Paul sparked the Fighting Illini, as he had 18 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and dished out five assists. Illinois struggled from the floor, shooting 33 percent (15-of-46). Branden Dawson scored 12 points and corralled 13 rebounds for Michigan State in the game. The Spartans pounded the boards hard in defeat as they grabbed 42 to 30 for Illinois.
HALFTIME: There were no free points for No. 10 Michigan State, as Illinois clamped down defensively to hold the Spartans to 24 percent shooting in the first half and has a 22-20 lead going into the break. The Fighting Illini demonstrated their offensive efficiency by racking up six assists on nine baskets. Illinois was able to put the clamps on Michigan State's leading scorer, Draymond Green. The senior committed three early fouls, including a technical, and has zero points, well below his season average of 15.3. Michigan State goes into the break with the offensive rebounding advantage, with 10 to the Fighting Illini's five. Illinois' Myke Henry already has six points and three rebounds. The Spartans' Branden Dawson had a big first half, with eight points and seven rebounds.
WISCONSIN 52, PENN STATE 46: BOX | AP RECAP | SCOREBOARD
FINAL: No. 20 Wisconsin's defense shut down Penn State, as the Badgers defeated the Nittany Lions 52-46 on Tuesday at the Bryce Jordan Center. Wisconsin (18-5) held the Nittany Lions to 36 percent shooting from the field and grabbed 20 defensive rebounds en route to tallying its sixth straight win. Tim Frazier was a bright spot for Penn State in the loss, with 21 points, four rebounds, and seven assists. Jordan Taylor sparked the Badgers, as he scored 18 points, pulled down three rebounds, and contributed four assists. Wisconsin had trouble finding its touch, shooting just 35 percent (17-of-48) from the field. The Badgers also got a double-digit performance from Ryan Evans, who scored 11. Jermaine Marshall scored 13 for the Nittany Lions. Wisconsin has now won six straight games with the victory.
HALFTIME: Penn State held No. 20 Wisconsin's offense to 27 percent shooting, helping the Nittany Lions to a 23-17 halftime advantage. Trailing 9-8, Penn State used a 10-0 run to blow past the Badgers and take a nine-point lead. The Nittany Lions demonstrated their offensive efficiency by racking up seven assists on 11 baskets. Penn State's Jermaine Marshall had a big first half, with 10 points and three rebounds. Ryan Evans is putting together a nice game so far for Wisconsin, with four points and three rebounds.
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