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Big Ten basketball roundup: Purdue suffers first loss, Buckeyes topple Kentucky


Big Ten basketball roundup: Purdue suffers first loss, Buckeyes topple Kentucky

A roundup of Big Ten basketball action from Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015:

Illinois 91, South Dakota 79

Malcolm Hill scored a career-high 34 points as the Illini had their best offensive day of the season, scoring a season-high 91 points and hitting a season-high 14 3-pointers. Hill recorded a double-double, adding 11 rebounds to his mountain of points, additionally handing out five assists, blocking three shots and coming away with a pair of steals. He made four 3-pointers on the game and scored 10 of his points from the free-throw line.

Indiana 80, Notre Dame 73

After an abysmal first half, Indiana staged an impressive comeback, erasing a 16-point second-half deficit in the win. The Hoosiers used a 13-4 run to tie the game at 71 with a little more than four minutes to play and hit nine free throws down the stretch as the Irish missed their last seven shots. Troy Williams led the comeback, scoring 16 of his 18 points in the second half and grabbing 10 rebounds for a double-double.

Iowa 70, Drake 64

The Hawkeyes were locked in a 30-all tie at the half. A 13-2 run in the middle of the second half opened up a double-digit lead for Iowa, but that edge was down to two with a minute and a half to play. Jarrod Uthoff and Mike Gesell had big buckets in the final minute to hold off Drake's comeback threat. Gesell finished with 17 points. Nicholas Baer had a big game off the bench, scoring 13 points, grabbing seven rebounds and blocking six shots.

Maryland 82, Princeton 61

The Terps shot 56.1 percent from the field in the runaway, hitting 12 3-pointers. Maryland had five players score in double figures. Jake Layman led the way with 19 points, hitting four 3s. Jaylen Brantley had 14 off the bench. Robert Carter scored 12 points, Rasheed Sulaimon scored 11, and Diamond Stone scored 11. Melo Trimble finished with just seven points but handed out 10 assists in the victory.

[MORE BIG TEN: Malcolm Hill scores 34 points in Illini win over South Dakota]

Michigan 105, Youngstown State 46

One game after Caris LeVert recorded the fourth triple-double in Michigan hoops history, Derrick Walton Jr. tallied No. 5 in this epic blowout. Walton finished with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists — also grabbing four steals. Michigan shot 61.5 percent on the game, assisting on 29 of its 40 made field goals and doubling up Youngstown State in the rebounding battle. LeVert and Aubrey Dawkins each had 19 points in the rout.

Michigan State 78, Northeastern 58

Tom Izzo's team was oddly out-rebounded in this one, but that's one of few complaints from a 20-point win to stay undefeated. Sparty shot 55.9 percent from the field, getting a 17-point outing from Denzel Valentine, 12 points from Bryn Forbes and 11 points from Tun Tun Nairn. Ten Spartans logged at least 10 minutes of action, including Gavin Schilling, who played 11 minutes in his first game of the season.

Northwestern 78, DePaul 70

After some ugly shooting through 40 minutes, Northwestern battled back from a modest deficit and forced overtime, catching fire and hitting five of the seven shots it took in the extra period, outscoring DePaul, 17-9, after the end of regulation. Aaron Falzon's 3-pointer gave the Cats a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Tre Demps finished with a team-high 18 points, and Sanjay Lumpkin and Alex Olah each had 14 as the Cats got their 10th win of the season.

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Ohio State 74, Kentucky 67

The Buckeyes benefitted from some solid defense — and poor shooting by the Wildcats — to build a sizable lead in the first half, using a long 22-11 run to reach a 31-19 edge. Ohio State hit seven 3s in the first half and turned seven Kentucky turnovers into 11 points. The Wildcats made their charge in the second half, but the Buckeyes held on for a huge upset, their first win over Kentucky since 1987. Keita Bates-Diop finished with a team-high 14 points.

Penn State 63, Drexel 57

The Lions were in a 17-point hole in the first half but used a 12-0 run to cut that to five and went to the half trailing by seven. Down just four with six minutes to go, Penn State used a 14-6 run to take a four-point lead with two and a half minutes to play. Drexel made just one basket over the final three minutes, allowing Penn State to hold on. The Lions shot 39 percent, but the Dragons were far worse, shooting just 30.2 percent on the game. Payton Banks had 20 points for Penn State.

Butler 74, Purdue 68

Purdue's record is spotless no more. The Boilers out-shot and out-rebounded the Bulldogs, with Butler missing 10 free throws, but Purdue turned the ball over a whopping 18 times, leading to 21 Butler points. The Bulldogs had a modest lead through much of the first half but turned it into a double-digit advantage thanks to a 17-4 run in the second half. Purdue closed but ran out of time. Caleb Swanigan had a big double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

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A roundup of Big Ten basketball action from Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015:

Samford 69, Nebraska 58

Despite a better shooting mark and a 14-rebound advantage on the glass, Nebraska lost after turning the ball over 17 times and missing half its free-throw attempts. Samford outscored Nebraska, 23-6, over the first seven minutes of the second half, building a big lead that couldn't be erased. Shavon Shields had a big 25-point night for the Huskers, and Andrew White had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Monmouth 73, Rutgers 67

Rutgers couldn't hit a shot as Monmouth and its famous bench outshot the Knights, 46 percent to 30.2 percent. Rutgers sliced a six-point halftime deficit to one at the outset of the second half, but that was at double digits midway through the period. But Rutgers used a 10-0 run to make it a three-point game, and the score was 65-all with a little more than two minutes to play. But the Knights missed three shots down the stretch as Monmouth hit its free throws.

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Weeks will separate a perfect 10-year anniversary where Northwestern will play at Wrigley Field for one of its regular season games in the upcoming years.

Back on Nov. 20, 2010, the Wildcats battled it out with Illinois, known as the “Wrigleyville Classic,” which saw the Illini take a 48-27 win.

Even though it’s still two years out, Northwestern still planned ahead and announced its opponent for its game at Wrigley Field on Nov. 7, 2020, against Big Ten rival Wisconsin.

“Obviously an exciting opportunity for our football program to come back to Wrigley Field, one of the Cathedrals of sporting venues in the world,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “When I announced it to our team, they were absolutely ecstatic.”

“The opportunity to play at Wrigley field is unique to us, being Chicago’s Big Ten team, and to have the chance to come down and play in an atmosphere like we did a few years back was a bowl game type atmosphere, and I look forward to this special opportunity.”

This game though will be a little different than it was back in 2010. Both the Wildcats and Illini played toward the west end zone due to a tight squeeze near the right field wall due to box seats that were added down the third base line.

Now, Northwestern and Wisconsin do not have to worry about that problem because the bullpens have since moved to the outfield.

Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney spoke at a news conference earlier on Tuesday at Wrigley.

“So excited to welcome back Northwestern to Wrigley Field to talk about football again,” Kenney said. “We had an incredible experience with them back in 2010."

Kenney also mentioned new seating is on a temporary platform that can all be removed and the dugout tops can be removed as well, and the field will expand west, to allow for a longer field.

With a sellout crowd in the last go around for the Wildcats, don’t be surprised for another sellout at the Friendly Confines.

See how they stack up: Week 12 college football top 25 rankings


See how they stack up: Week 12 college football top 25 rankings

With Week 12 in the books, here’s my top 25:

1. Oklahoma (10-1)

Still the team with the best resume in the country, no one can compete with OU’s wins over TCU, Ohio State and Oklahoma State, the latter two coming away from Norman. Baker Mayfield might not be a choir boy, but he’s the best player in the nation.

2. Miami (10-0)

You might think that being down 28-14 to Virginia in the second half was cringe-worthy, but the Canes made up for things by storming back with 30 unanswered points. Now they finally have to go away from South Florida for the first time since almost losing to North Carolina last month.

3. Alabama (11-0)

Tide gonna roll. But this Cupcake Weekend in the SEC has got to stop. While teams in other conferences are slugging it out against rivals, Bama gets to take a day off against Mercer? It’s just not fair. Also, Bama’s schedule is so soft, there’s no way it deserves to be the No. 1 team in the country.

4. Georgia (10-1)

The Dawgs should wrap an 11-1 regular season this weekend against Georgia Tech. But the SEC title game presents a kind of no-win scenario: undefeated Alabama or Auburn, who throttled Georgia earlier this month.

5. Wisconsin (11-0)

You didn’t need Wisconsin to do what it did to Iowa and Michigan to prove it had one of the best defenses in the country — but that sure didn’t help. Stockpiling national love with those two wins, a win in the Big Ten title game figures to make the Badgers a Playoff lock.

6. Clemson (10-1)

Why’d Kelly Bryant have to go and get hurt for that Syracuse game? The Tigers would be No. 1 and the undisputed best team in the country. Still, though, a win over Miami in the ACC title game ought to get the champs back into the Playoff.

7. Auburn (9-2)

Great job pounding Louisiana-Monroe, Tigers. You shall not escape the wrath over Cupcake Weekend in the SEC. That dumb game aside, Auburn and Alabama will meet in a titanic Iron Bowl this weekend with a trip to the SEC title game on the line — and perhaps a Playoff spot, as well.

8. Ohio State (9-2)

Not that pummeling Illinois is any big deal, but the Buckeyes are still alive in this thing and look like a team capable of making some Playoff noise. First, Ohio State has to win The Game and then the Big Ten title game to knock out undefeated Wisconsin.

9. Notre Dame (9-2)

Out of the Playoff chase thanks to that loss at Miami, Notre Dame squeaked by Navy this past weekend. Hope a New Year’s Six bowl game is enough for the Irish. We know it’s not enough for those ND fans. So maybe join a conference? Just saying.

10. TCU (9-2)

The Frogs can still make their mark on the Playoff race, even if they can’t get in themselves. The Big 12 title game will almost surely be TCU’s attempt at revenge on Oklahoma. Unfortunately, if revenge does come, it will probably cannibalize the conference’s Playoff hopes, too.

11. Penn State (9-2)

Why Penn State gave up 44 points to Nebraska, I do not know. What I do know is that probably no one cared because Penn State is going to go down as the most inconsequential 10-2 team of all-time. Such a bummer considering the preseason expectations for both the team and Saquon Barkley.

12. USC (10-2)

Yeah, I guess there’s still a way for USC to make the Playoff, but it’s hard to imagine that madness unfolding, even in the oft-mad college football. The Trojans get the winner of the Apple Cup in the Pac-12 title game.

13. UCF (10-0)

Finally we get our much-anticipated UCF-USF showdown this weekend. Make it count, Knights. This is probably gonna be Scott Frost’s last regular-season game in Orlando.

14. Washington (9-2)

It’s hard to say who has the edge in the Apple Cup, but certainly the stakes are high, with the winner going off to play USC in the Pac-12 title game. Can either team make the Playoff? Well, probably not, no.

15. Washington State (9-2)

Is this it for Mike Leach on The Palouse? He could be a hot candidate this offseason and leave for perceived greener pastures. Winning the Apple Cup would go a long way toward making that happen.

16. Mississippi State (8-3)

A win in the Egg Bowl means a 9-3 regular season for the Bulldogs with their three losses coming against three top-10 teams.

17. Oklahoma State (8-3)

Poor Okie State has been so good all year and had two losses to the two best teams in its conference, and then it went and lost to K-State for some ridiculous reason. The Mullet deserved better in 2017.

18. Northwestern (8-3)

The Cats are the fourth-best team in the Big Ten, simple as that, with wins over Michigan State and Iowa and conference losses to Wisconsin and Penn State. As commendable an effort as you’ll find in a highly competitive league. Plus, Fitz’s team is on a six-game win streak that could end up extending to eight.

19. Stanford (8-3)

Already with a win over Washington, Stanford could close the regular season with two wins over top-10 teams in its final three games. Also Bryce Love is back in the groove after back-to-back 100-yard games.

20. Memphis (9-1)

The Tigers have lost just one game all season, to the best Group of Five team out there. Heck of a season by Memphis.

21. Michigan State (8-3)

A 17-7 win over Maryland couldn't have been the most exciting way for anyone to spend their weekend. Sparty's had a mighty fine season, though, considering how badly things went in 2016.

22. LSU (8-3)

The SEC has seemingly gotten increasingly better as the year has progressed, with LSU and Mississippi State making for a solid-enough middle tier. But remember when LSU lost to Troy? That wasn’t good.

23. South Florida (9-1)

If not for that loss to Houston, USF’s showdown with UCF this weekend would be for Group of Five supremacy. Even without that, though, this should be a highly entertaining affair.

24. Virginia Tech (8-3)

The Hokies have a chance to salvage their tumble at the close of the season with a win at Virginia. But given how well the Cavs played at Miami this past weekend, a VT win is no sure thing.

25. Iowa State (7-4)

I understand the math and all, but can't the Big 12 just suspend its rules and send Iowa State to the title game? We all want to see the OU-ISU rematch. Why are you preventing us from being happy, Big 12?