NCAA roundup: No. 15 Badgers rollJordan Taylor scored 22 points to lead No. 14 Wisconsin to a 52-45 victory over Minnesota on Tuesday night that clinched a first-round bye in the Big Ten tournament for the Badgers. Both teams shot poorly, there were 43 fouls called and the teams combined to shoot 58 free throws.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Jordan Taylor scored 22 points to lead No. 14 Wisconsin to a 52-45 victory over Minnesota on Tuesday night that clinched a first-round bye in the Big Ten tournament for the Badgers.
Both teams shot poorly, there were 43 fouls called and the teams combined to shoot 58 free throws.
But the Badgers (22-8, 11-6 Big Ten) found their shooting touch in the second half to secure at least a fourth-place finish in the conference.
Minnesota (17-13, 5-12) led 23-16 at halftime. But Wisconsin opened the second half on a 16-4 run and pushed the lead to 44-34 with just under 7 minutes to go on consecutive 3-pointers.
Andre Hollins led the Gophers with 18 points, while Ralph Sampson III finished with eight points to give him 1,004 for his career.
Ryan Evans added 12 points for the Badgers.
No. 18 Indiana knocks off No. 5 Michigan St. 70-55
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — All No. 18 Indiana wanted to do after Tuesday night’s big victory was get back to work.
Heck, the Hoosiers didn’t even see their 70-55 victory over No. 5 Michigan State as a milestone achievement.
Cody Zeller scored 18 points, Victor Oladipo had 13 and Christian Watford finished with 10 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to lead the Hoosiers to their third win over a top five team this season.
“When we beat top teams like that we’re nasty, we’re scrappy, we’re fighting,” said senior Verdell Jones, who had 12 points. “But we haven’t accomplished anything yet.”
Nothing? Indiana (23-7, 10-7) had already become the first Big Ten school to upset the nation’s No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the same season since 1952-53.
It had already given Tom Crean his first 20-win season since leaving Marquette four years ago.
Last week, Indiana completed its first undefeated nonconference season since 1989-90.
The latest victory ended the Hoosiers’ longest losing streak in the Michigan State series (six) while preventing the Spartans from clinching an outright league crown on their home court.