BTN.com staff, January 8, 2014
BTN featured a doubleheader of Big Ten men's hoops action on Wednesday night. Minnesota kicked off the night with an 68-65 win over Penn State, while No. 4 Wisconsin carded a 95-70 blowout win over No. 23 Illinois to improve to 16-0, the best start in school history.
Catch up on all the action in this post.
MINNESOTA 68, PENN STATE 65 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) DeAndre Mathieu scored 16 points and Andre Hollins added 14 as Minnesota overcame a late six-point deficit to defeat Penn State 68-65 Wednesday night. Four late free throw conversions by Malik Smith in the final 30 seconds and one by Elliott Eliason with 33 seconds, enabled the Gophers (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten) to hang on after taking its first lead of the second half with 1:43 remaining.
WISCONSIN 95, ILLINOIS 70 | RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY
(AP) Ben Brust scored 18 points, Sam Dekker added 17 and No. 4 Wisconsin used a 20-0 run in the first half to easily beat No. 23 Illinois 95-70 on Wednesday night. The Badgers improved to 16-0 (3-0 Big Ten), the best start in school history.