No. 18 Indiana 70, ?No. 5 Michigan State 55
Cody Zeller scored 18 points and Victor Oladipo added 13, leading Indiana past visiting Michigan State on Tuesday night for its third victory over a top-five team this season.
The Hoosiers (22-7, 10-7 Big Ten) are the second team to achieve that feat this season, joining Kansas, which did it with a win over Missouri on Saturday. Indiana upset No. 1 Kentucky and No. 2 Ohio State in December and now the Spartans, who could have clinched their second outright Big Ten title in four seasons with a victory.
Michigan State (24-6, 13-4) can still win the outright crown with a victory over No. 10 Ohio State on Sunday.
The Hoosiers joined the 1975-76 team as the schoolís only ones since 1948-49 to beat three top-five teams in one season, and became the only one to win all three games during the regular season
This time, Indiana didnít need a last-second shot or a last-second stop to win it.
Indiana took a page out of Michigan Stateís playbook, beating the Spartans with defense, rebounding and toughness.
Michigan State had won six in a row in the series and seven in a row overall.
It was Indiana coach Tom Creanís first win over Tom Izzo, his former boss at Michigan State.
Indianaís ability to repeatedly get to the basket ignited a 12-2 run that gave it an 18-8 lead, forcing Izzo to call time out.
After the break, Izzo who had been shaking his head in disbelief, finally saw the Spartans warm up. Austin Thornton finished a fastbreak with a layup, then popped outside and hit a 3-pointer to make it 18-13.
But every time Michigan State got close, Indiana answered.
Greenís first 3 got the Spartans within 24-20. Then Christian Watford knocked down a 3 for the Hoosiers, which started a 12-5 run and helped Indiana take a 41-27 halftime lead.
It looked like the Spartans would challenge when Green scored six points in a 10-0 run to get the Spartans to 43-37 with 15:47 left in the game.
But Indiana answered with four consecutive points to make it 47-37 and after Green hit another 3, the Hoosiers extended the lead to 51-40.
Michigan State never got closer than six points the rest of the way, and the Hoosiers pulled away in the final minutes.
ďWe didnít defend them, we didnít rebound, we didnít execute,Ē Izzo said after the loss. ďI think Indiana deserves a lot of credit for putting us in that position. They did a great job of moving the ball and just driving at us, and we didnít respond very well.Ē
Indiana had beaten No. 1 Kentucky on a last-second 3-pointer by Watford and No. 2 Ohio State in December with big defensive stops late.
No. 14 Wisconsin 52, Minnesota 45
Jordan Taylor scored 22 points to help host Wisconsin clinch a first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament.
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) 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 9-2 run to tie it at 25 on a three-point play by Mike Bruesewitz. He was initially called for a charge, but the officials huddled and reversed the call. Replays showed Andre Hollinsí foot was on the arc under the basket.
Minutes later, with the game tied at 27, Minnesota coach Tubby Smith was called for a technical foul, and Taylor hit both free throws to give Wisconsin its first lead since 11-10 midway through the first half. Taylor followed with a 3-pointer, and Wisconsin didnít trail the rest of the way.
Robb Wilsonís 3 with just less than 7 minutes left gave Wisconsin its first double-digit lead of the game at 44-34, and the Badgers held on down the stretch.
Hollins led the Gophers with 18 points, while Ralph Sampson III finished with eight points to give him 1,004 for his career. He is the fifth player in Minnesota history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 150 blocks.
Ryan Evans added 12 points for the Badgers.
The teams were almost even at the free-throw line as Minnesota shot 21-of-29, though it missed three of its last four attempts, and Wisconsin was 22-of-29. But after shooting 19 percent from the field in the first half, the Badgers knocked down 4-of-12 from behind the 3-point arc in the second half. Minnesota, meanwhile, shot just 24 percent for the game.
Minnesota looked lifeless Sunday in a 19-point home loss to Indiana, but the Gophers came out the aggressor on Tuesday.
It didnít hurt that Taylor was called for his second foul with a little more than 6 minutes left in the first half, sending him to the bench, and Wisconsinís offense ground to a halt. The Gophers finished the first half on a 9-3 run to lead 23-16, and the spurt included a technical foul on Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan.