A roundup of Big Ten basketball action from Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015:
UNLV 72, Indiana 69
The Hoosiers wrapped a miserable trip to Maui with another miserable performance. Indiana turned the ball over 11 times in the first half and allowed UNLV to shoot 51.6 percent from the field and to grow its first-half lead as big as 15. The Hoosiers turned the ball over 10 more times in the second half, and though the Rebels cooled off and shot just 36.7 percent in the final 20 minutes, Indiana never led, with UNLV answering every time the score got close. Nick Zeisloft, courtesy of five made 3s, led the way for the Hoosiers with 17 points. James Blackmon Jr. had 13 points. Indiana dropped games to unranked Wake Forest and UNLV and unimpressively beat St. John’s in three games in Maui, turning the ball over a combined 46 times.
Maryland 86, Rhode Island, 63
The Terps breezed past the Rams, allowing just 28 first-half points and holding a whopping 60-percent to 33.9-percent shooting advantage on the game. Maryland led by as many as 29 in this one despite turning the ball over 18 times. Rasheed Sulaimon and Melo Trimble each had 17 points, with Sulaimon hitting four 3-pointers. Robert Carter stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three blocks. Mark Turgeon and Rhode Island head coach Dan Hurley started shouting at each other late in the game, and Hurley was reported as directing an expletive at Maryland players, though Rhode Island denied such a thing happened. But Turgeon was mad, no doubt.
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Connecticut 74, Michigan 60
Just how important is Caris LeVert? Well, after committing a foul around the eight-minute mark of the first half, John Beilein sat LeVert on the bench for the rest of the half. UConn outscored Michigan, 22-7, in that span to take a commanding 14-point lead at the break, and the Wolverines couldn’t come back. Perhaps LeVert’s presence, though, wouldn’t have made too much a difference — the Huskies shot 57.7 percent in the first half, and the Wolverines shot just 24 percent — but he finished the high man for Michigan with 21 points. Derrick Walton Jr. was the only other Wolverine in double figures with 10 points.
Clemson 76, Rutgers 58
The Tigers opened the game on an 11-4 run and had another 14-4 stretch in the middle of the first half. Rutgers was done from there, with Clemson leading by as many as 23 in the second half. The Tigers shot 50.9 percent from the field and had a 36-25 rebounding edge. Deshawn Freeman had 13 points to lead the Knights, while D.J. Foreman was the only other Rutgers players in double figures with 11 points.
Wisconsin 85, Prairie View A&M 67
Runs of 9-0 and 11-2 kept the visiting Panthers at bay in the first half, the Badgers leading by just six at the break after Prairie View A&M shot 60.9 percent from the field. But Wisconsin shot 55.2 percent from the field in the second half to pull away. Six different Badgers scored in double figures. Bronson Koenig and Zak Showalter each made three 3-pointers and finished with 16 and 14 points, respectively. Ethan Happ was two rebounds away from a double-double with 12 points and eight boards.