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Keith Appling scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half to help No. 10 Michigan State pull away to beat No. 22 Wisconsin 58-43 on Thursday night and stay in the Big Ten race. The Spartans (23-7, 12-5) moved into a three-way tie for second with Michigan and Ohio State. The trio trails conference-leading Indiana with one game left in the regular season. The Hoosiers can claim the Big Ten title outright with a win Sunday in Ann Arbor against the Wolverines. If they lose, Michigan would earn piece of the title and give Michigan State and the Buckeyes a shot to pull into a four-way tie. The Spartans close the regular season Sunday at home against Northwestern after Ohio State hosts Illinois. RECAP
Penn State 66, Northwestern 59
Jermaine Marshall and D.J. Newbill each scored 18 points to lead Penn State to a 66-59 victory over Northwestern on Thursday night. Penn State (10-19, 2-15 Big Ten), last in the 12-team conference, scored the game's first 12 points, withstood a Northwestern surge, then pulled away in the second half. The Nittany Lions' only other conference win was at home against No. 7 Michigan on Feb. 27. Northwestern's Alex Marcotullio, who scored a career-high 22 points, put the Wildcats ahead 54-53 with a 3-pointer with 6:13 to play. But Penn State scored the next six points, beginning with Sasa Borovnjak's short jumper, and scored 13 of the game's last 18 points. Borovnjak had 15 points and 10 rebounds. RECAP
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In the final game at the Bob Davney Events Center on Wednesday, Nebraska held on to defeat Minnesota, 53-51, on Wednesday night. Brandon Ubel led all scorers with 15 points, while Dylan Talley finished with 12 to pace the Husker offense, while the Nebraska defense held Minnesota to undner 40 percent shooting, RECAP TO COME
Michigan 80, Purdue 75
The University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 7 AP, No. 8 ESPN/USA Today) overcame a 12-point second-half deficit to defeat Purdue, 80-75, on Wednesday (March 6) at Mackey Arena. Sophomore guard Trey Burke scored 22 of his 26 points in the second half, in a game that saw Michigan lead by as many as 10 and trail by 12 with 12 minutes to play. Freshman guard Nik Stauskas and junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. joined Burke in double figures with 17 and 16 points, respectively. RECAP
Deshaun Thomas and Aaron Craft scored nine of Ohio State's points in a decisive 11-2 run, leading the 14th-ranked Buckeyes past No. 2 Indiana 67-58 on Tuesday night. Thomas finished with 18 points and Craft added 15 as the Buckeyes (22-7, 12-5 Big Ten) won their fourth straight. Indiana had big plans for Senior Night. After clinching a share of its conference league title in 11 years with losses by Michigan State and Wisconsin on Sunday, the Hoosiers (25-5, 13-4) were trying to claim their first outright Big Ten crown since 1993. They will have another chance Sunday at No. 7 Michigan. RECAP
Iowa 63, Illinois (rv/rv) 55
Luckily for the University of Iowa men's basketball team, sophomore Josh Oglesby has a shooter's mentality and keeps firing. "You have to keep believing, keep shooting," said Oglesby, who started the game 1-of-6. "Early on my shot wasn't falling and it was frustrating, but I made those two, and it felt good." Oglesby connected on consecutive 3-pointers with the game in the balance to help propel the Hawkeyes to a 63-55 victory over Illinois on Tuesday night on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The win was Iowa's 19th of the season -- the most victories for the program since the 2004-05 season. RECAP
D.J. Byrd scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half and Purdue upset No. 17 Wisconsin 69-56 Sunday afternoon. Terone Johnson added 16 points for the Boilermakers (14-15, 7-9 Big Ten), who had lost three straight road games and four of five overall. Purdue took control with a 21-3 run in the second half during which Byrd had nine points and Johnson eight. Jared Berggren scored 13 points and Ryan Evans and Sam Dekker had 10 apiece for the Badgers (20-9, 11-5), who had won six of their previous seven. Byrd hit three 3-pointers and Johnson added four baskets in the decisive 21-3 run as Purdue pulled away, silenced the crowd at Kohl Center and won here for the first time since January 2009. RECAP
Michigan 58, Michigan State 57
After his steal and slam put the Wolverines ahead with 22 seconds left, sophomore guard Trey Burke intercepted a pass on the Spartans' final possession, pushing the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 4 AP, No. 4 ESPN/USA Today) past Michigan State (No. 9 AP, No. 10 ESPN/USA Today), 58-57, on Sunday afternoon inside a Maized-Out Crisler Center. U-M prevailed despite not hitting a three-pointer all game and playing the majority of the contest without freshman guard Nik Stauskas, who left in the first half after being elbowed in the head. Burke finished with 21 points, eight assists, five steals and five rebounds. Freshman forward Mitch McGary was the only other Wolverine in double-figure scoring with 11 points. RECAP