BTN.com staff, February 26, 2012
No. 15 Wisconsin upset No. 9 Ohio State in Columbus (recap), No. 24 Indiana blew away Minnesota (recap) and Illinois halted its skid against previously surging Iowa (recap) in Big Ten men's basketball action Sunday. Catch up on all three games on our BTN.com scoreboard and get stats, video and recaps in this post. Gus Johnson was on the call for the Iowa-Illinois game, and here are his best calls.
FINAL: Victor Oladipo scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead No. 24 Indiana to a 69-50 win over Minnesota on Sunday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Indiana (22-7) went into the locker room with the momentum and came out of the second half flying as well. The Hoosiers were winning 34-26 late in the first before they went on a 15-4 run to extend their lead to 19 points midway through the second half. Indiana went 21-of-25 from the charity stripe as a team (84 percent). The Hoosiers also got double-digit performances from Verdell Jones III, who scored 11 and Christian Watford and Jordan Hulls, who each scored 12. Austin Hollins had 14 points and went 3-of-5 from beyond the arc for Minnesota (17-12) in a losing effort. The Golden Gophers struggled from the floor, shooting 31 percent (18-of-58). Minnesota was on fire from beyond the arc during the game, shooting 41 percent (7-of-17). Winning the rebounding battle was a key to victory for Indiana as it outrebounded the Golden Gophers 37-30. Minnesota has now lost its last five games.
HALFTIME: Victor Oladipo had eight points and six rebounds to lead No. 24 Indiana to a 37-26 lead over Minnesota after 20 minutes. An aggressive offense and the ability to get to the charity stripe (11-of-13) allowed the Hoosiers to take the halftime lead. The Golden Gophers led 6-0 when the Hoosiers went on a 9-0 run to take a three-point lead. Indiana was able to put the clamps on Minnesota's leading scorer, Rodney Williams. The junior enters halftime with zero points, well below his season average of 11. The Golden Gophers moved the ball in the first half, accounting for seven assists on nine field goals. The Hoosiers demonstrated their offensive efficiency by racking up eight assists on 11 baskets. Eight Indiana players scored in the half. Minnesota's Austin Hollins had a big first half, with 11 points.
FINAL: No. 15 Wisconsin upset No. 9 Ohio State on Sunday, pulling the 63-60 upset at Value City Arena. Wisconsin (21-8) took the lead with 29 seconds remaining on a field goal by Jared Berggren and hung on for the win. The Badgers got solid performances from both Jordan Taylor and Berggren. Taylor contributed 19 points, grabbed five rebounds, contributed four assists, and shot 6-of-8 from the field. Berggren had 18 points and corralled five rebounds. The lead changed hands 22 times. More Wisconsin scoring came from Ryan Evans, who scored 10. Deshaun Thomas contributed 23 points, hauled in seven rebounds, and made 9-of-15 shots from the floor for the Buckeyes. Ohio State hit 47 percent of its field goals (23-of-49). The Buckeyes also got solid contributions from Aaron Craft, who scored 13 and William Buford, who scored 15.
HALFTIME: Nobody has assumed control of the game as No. 9 Ohio State and No. 15 Wisconsin have traded the lead nine times and go to the half tied 29-29. Most of the Buckeyes' offense has come from Deshaun Thomas (13) and William Buford (10), who have scored 23 of the team's 29 total points. Ohio State shared the ball, finishing with eight assists on 12 field goals in the first half. Jordan Taylor led the way for Wisconsin in the first half, with eight points, three rebounds and three assists.
FINAL: Meyers Leonard scored 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lift Illinois to a 65-54 win over Iowa on Sunday at Assembly Hall. Brandon Paul scored 17 points in the game to reach the 1,000-point milestone for his career. The Fighting Illini were tough on the offensive boards, grabbing 11. Illinois also got a double-digit effort from D.J. Richardson, who scored 12. Matt Gatens scored 22 points, made 6-of-11 shots from the floor, and shot 5-of-6 from long range for Iowa (15-14). The Hawkeyes shot just 37 percent from the field (18-of-49). Iowa also got a double-digit game from Roy Devyn Marble, who scored 10. Winning the battle on the boards was crucial for the Fighting Illini as they grabbed 31 rebounds to 21 for the Hawkeyes. With the victory, Illinois snapped a six-game losing streak.
HALFTIME: Meyers Leonard scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Illinois in the first half to carry the Fighting Illini to a 34-23 lead over Iowa. Struggling Sam Maniscalco hass bounced out his funk, with three points, four rebounds and four assists. The Fighting Illini dominated on the glass in the first half, outrebounding the Hawkeyes 19-11. Trailing early in the game, Illinois used a 13-0 run to blow past Iowa and take an 13-5 lead. The Fighting Illini's leading scorer, Brandon Paul, has been contained by the Hawkeyes thus far. The junior enters halftime with three points, well below his season average of 14.7. Eight Illinois players have scored. Most of Iowa's offense has come from Matt Gatens and Roy Devyn Marble, who have scored 19 of the team's 23 total points. Gatens has scored 15 and Marble has added four.
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