My apologies to the readers for the lateness of the midweek hoops recap....
Michigan State 67 Ohio State 58
The Spartans won this game at the line, with a 17-8 scoring edge at the stripe matching the margin of victory. Raymar Morgan for MSU and Evan Turner for OSU each had double-doubles, but Michigan State had Kalin Lucas. The quick guard was the difference-maker, scoring 20 points to lead the home team to the win in Tuesday's ESPN game.
Penn State 67 Purdue 64
The Boilermakers played without Robbie Hummell and are digging themselves a hole in conference play that's going to be awfully tough to recover from. The Penn State backcourt was clicking, as Talor Battle and Stanley Pringle combined for 39 points, and 11 rebounds from Andrew Jones was the key to a 37-22 edge on the glass. With two league victories and a near-miss at Wisconsin, Penn State looks like they might finally be for real on the hardwood.
Michigan 72 Indiana 66 (OT)
In front of the home crowd, the Hoosiers put up a tough fight, getting a combined 44 points from Devan Dumes, Verdell Jones and Nick Williams. But the Wolverine's four-guard offense prevailed in the end. Manny Harris knocked down 17 and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Laval Lucas-Perry led all scorers with 18.
Wisconsin 74 Northwestern 45
The Badgers' trademark defense was out in force, as NU had nobody in double-digits and shot only 31 percent from the floor. Jason Bohannon scored 20 for the home team.
Minnesota 52 Iowa 49
The Gophers win an ugly rivalry game in Iowa City, marked by turnovers. In the end, the Hawks turned it over 16 times to Minny's 11 and that spelled the difference.
Player of the Sequence: Manny Harris, Michigan.