Saturday Recap: Michigan Takes Top Spot In B1G

Leon Halip

Six B1G teams were in action on Saturday, including Michigan and Michigan State in a battle for conference supremacy.

Saturday featured three conference matchups in the Big Ten. Here's a look at the results:

Michigan 80, Michigan State 75

The game of the day definitely lived up to the hype. Michigan went on a 10-0 run late in the game, carrying them to the victory against the injury-riddled Spartans. Michigan State took the lead midway through the first half, and Michigan would not lead again until 7:17 left in the game. Nik Stauskas hit a tie-breaking three with 3:21 left that sparked Michigan's 10-0 run. The Wolverines shot very well from the free throw line (83.3%) and from deep. Their 11-19 mark on three-pointers and slight edge in the rebounding department made the difference in the prime time matchup. Stauskas and Derrick Walton Jr. led the way for the Wolverines, each pouring in 19 points. Stauskas shot 7-12 from the field and 5-6 from three point land. Caris LeVert added 17 points and 8 rebounds for Michigan. Gary Harris scored a career-high 27 points in the loss as Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson watched from the bench. Matt Costello, Gavin Schilling, and Alex Gauna combined for 17 points in their absence. Keith Appling added 10 points and dished out 10 assists as well. Michigan State had won 11 straight and was undefeated in conference until falling to the Wolverines at the Breslin Center. With the victory, Michigan stands alone atop the Big Ten at 7-0 in conference.

Wisconsin 72, Purdue 58

Wisconsin ended their three-game losing streak Saturday, defeating Purdue at Mackey Arena. The Badgers returned to their old ways, turning the ball over just nine times and playing stellar defense. They held Purdue to 35.4 percent shooting from the field. Both teams were in foul trouble early. A.J. Hammons picked up two fouls just 95 seconds into the game, and Frank Kaminsky had two just over five minutes in. Purdue and Wisconsin traded runs throughout the game. The Badgers got out to a 17-6 lead, but Purdue would close it to 32-29 by halftime. Wisconsin took control in the second half, which included 9-2 and 11-4 runs late. Kaminsky finished with 16 points, and Sam Dekker and Traevon Jackson each had 15. Five Badgers finished in double figures. Purdue just couldn't find nylon, especially from deep, as they shot 3-17 on threes. Terone Johnson and Bryson Scott led the team in scoring with 10 points each.

Iowa 76, Northwestern 50

Iowa swept their season series with Northwestern with a convincing win at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The Hawkeyes proved Northwestern's stellar defense could not last forever by shooting 51.9 percent from the floor. Iowa got a lot of quality looks around the rim thanks to 13 offensive rebounds. The Hawkeyes dominated the painted area, out-rebounding the Wildcats 44-20. Roy Devyn Marble and Gabriel Olaseni were the high scorers for Iowa, each dropping 14 points. Olaseni also had 10 rebounds. Fran McCaffery spread the love in Iowa's blowout victory, getting 15 players onto the court. Drew Crawford was the lone bright spot for Northwestern, scoring 20 points on 8-17 shooting. Dave Sobolewski returned to the floor after missing four games due to a concussion. Sobolewski did not score in 10 minutes of play. Alex Olah struggled mightily against Iowa's big men. He shot 2-9 from the field and only had three points in the first 34 minutes of the game. With the victory, Iowa swept the season series with Northwestern.

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