Wisconsin tops Michigan again
The Associated Press March 15, 2013 11:20PM
Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan watches as his bench reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Big Ten tournament against MichiganFriday, March 15, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Updated: March 29, 2013 4:04PM
CHICAGO — Ben Brust scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half and No. 22 Wisconsin knocked off sixth-ranked Michigan 68-59 in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament on Friday.
Traevon Jackson had 16 points for the Badgers (22-10), who will play top-seeded Indiana in the semifinals on Saturday. Ryan Evans added 12 points, six rebounds and six assist.
Trey Burke had 19 points and seven assists for Michigan (26-7), but the Big Ten player of the year was 8 for 22 from the field. Tim Hardaway Jr. shook off a leg injury in the first half and finished with 14 points and nine boards.
It was a rematch of one of the best games of the season. Wisconsin rallied for a 65-62 victory over Michigan on Feb. 9 when Brust hit a tying 3-pointer from just inside midcourt at the end of regulation, then hit another big 3 with 39 seconds left in overtime.
Mitch McGary remained upbeat after Michigan’s loss.
“We’ve got to focus on a third season coming up,” said the 6-10 freshman from Chesterton. “We’ve got a new life and have to give it all we’ve got.”
McGary scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds. Lake Central’s Glenn Robinson III added eight points and three rebounds. Both had two steals.
No. 8 Michigan State 59, Iowa 56 : Adreian Payne had 18 points and 10 rebounds, leading No. 8 Michigan State to a rugged victory over Iowa.
Keith Appling and Gary Harris had 13 points apiece for the Spartans (25-7), who trailed by 12 midway through the second half. They advance to play Ohio State in the next round in a rematch of last season’s tournament championship, won by Michigan State.
Iowa (21-12) was oh so close to an upset victory that could have cemented a spot in the field for next week’s NCAA Tournament. Instead, the Hawkeyes will have to sweat out a nervous Selection Sunday.
No. 10 Ohio State 71, Nebraska 50: DeShaun Thomas and Sam Thompson had 19 points apiece, helping No. 10 Ohio State rout Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals.
The Buckeyes turned a close game into a runaway with an impressive 30-5 spree spanning halftime that included a little bit of everything. LaQuinton Ross connected on three consecutive 3-pointers, Aaron Craft made a couple of nifty passes and Thompson had two jams to go along with a 3-pointer.