North Texas comes up big with 78-69 upset over Purdue
For an underdog named Javion Hamlet and his group of scrapping North Texas teammates, that was an easy question. North Texas scored the first 11 points. It gave North Texas a nine-point lead with 7:45 left. Which North Texas won, too. North Texas moves on to play Friday night’s winner between Winthrop and Villanova.
Edey, No. 23 Purdue beat Indiana for 9th straight time
Purdue has won nine straight in the series, matching the second-longest streak in school history. The Boilermakers also won nine straight from 1929-35 when future coach John Wooden was playing, plus they won 12 straight from 1908-14. It quickly cut a 29-20 deficit to 35-31 early in the second half before the Boilermakers answered with eight straight points. Starting guard Armaan Franklin missed his fourth straight game (right foot). The Boilermakers won despite going 6 of 21 on 3s and having 15 turnovers.
No. 7 Michigan uses strong defense to rout Purdue 70-53
– Michigan coach Juwan Howard put the emphasis on defense from the first time his entire team practiced this season. On a night Isaiah Livers matched his season high with 22 points and Eli Brooks added 11, the seventh-ranked Wolverines used a staunch defense to pull away from Purdue 70-53. Purdue: While the Boilermakers had been the Big Ten's hottest team, they sputtered without Stefanovic. POLL IMPLICATIONSWith wins over Maryland and at Purdue this week, the Wolverines won't go anywhere but up in the Top 25. Purdue: Williams has 12 straight double-doubles.
Williams, Hunter lead Purdue past No. 20 Ohio State 67-60
Ohio State forward Kyle Young (25) shoots over Purdue forward Trevion Williams (50) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in West Lafayette, Ind., Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. The junior forward had 16 points, nine rebounds and a career-high eight assists to lead Purdue past No. '”Hunter played well, too, scoring a season-high 15 points as Purdue (5-2, 1-0) won for the fourth time in five games. After his 30-point, 11-rebound game Saturday against Indiana State, Williams was impressive again Wednesday. Ohio State and Purdue finally got to square off — 279 days after their previous matchup was canceled.
Purdue defense bottles up No. 8 Spartans in 71-42 upset
“Probably the worst beating I’ve taken as a coach,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. But Purdue bottled up Michigan State at every turn and eventually the Spartans buckled. Michigan State never recovered despite trimming the deficit to 37-20 at halftime and 39-27 early in the second half. The real danger is it could become a guide for how other opponents can beat Michigan State. Purdue: The Boilermakers' usually strong defense might have been at its best against the Spartans.