The second round games of the Big Ten Tournament produced solid early action.
After an early scare from Fran McCaffery's Iowa Hawkeyes, the Michigan St. Spartans offense came roaring to life. Bolstered by 58% field goal shooting, the Spartans scored 93 points and advanced to the tournament semifinals. Draymond Green scored 21 points and recorded yet another double-double with 10 rebounds. Adreian Payne added in 16 more points on 7 of 8 shooting to help the Spartans to the hard-fought W. For the Hawkeyes, Matt Gatens picked a bad time to go cold, shooting just 1 of 6 from the floor and 1 of 4 from beyond the arc. Josh Oglesby, however, picked up the slack and shot 5 of 7 from beyond the arc, finishing with a team-high 20 points.
Paced by Rob Wilson's 30 points, a career-high for the little used senior guard, the Wisconsin Badgers kept even with and eventually knocked off the Indiana Hoosiers, 79-71. Jordan Taylor shot poorly in the first half and for the game, but did enough to give Wisconsin the victory. Jared Berggren had 16 points on 5 of 9 shooting (with 5 made free throws), and Ryan Evans added in 12 of his own. Indiana drove to the free throw line with regularity, but despite three players scoring 17 points (Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford, Cody Zeller), the Hoosiers just didn't get enough out of their offense to win.
Wisconsin will play Michigan State tomorrow in the Tournament Semifinals. The Spartans swept the regular season series with Wisconsin, winning 63-60 (in overtime) and 69-55.
In other news, Derrick Nix has had enough of your basket supports.