Sunday’s Snacks: No. 5 Wisconsin wins eighth straight, and Northwestern upsets Iowa

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GAME OF THE DAY: Northwestern 66, Iowa 61 (OT)

Chris Collins’ Wildcats ended their ten-game conference losing streak, beating the Hawkeyes in Evanston. Northwestern looked poised to win the game in regulation, but Iowa’s Jared Uthoff hit a contested three-pointer in the final seconds to force overtime. Uthoff scored 25 to lead all scorers, but it wasn’t enough as Aaron White shot 1-for-12 from the field. Alex Olah, who played well on both ends for Northwestern, accounted for 11 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks, with guards Bryant McIntosh and Tre Demps combining to score 34 points.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1. No. 5 Wisconsin 68, Illinois 49

Bo Ryan’s Badgers won their eighth straight game Sunday afternoon, pulling away from the Fighting Illini in the second half. Wisconsin’s starting front court of Sam Dekker, Nigel Hayes and Frank Kaminsky (23 points, 11 rebounds) combined to score 47 points on 20-for-33 shooting from the field, and sophomore guard Bronson Koenig added 15 points and four assists. Now 11-1 in Big Ten play, Wisconsin has a three-game lead in the loss column on Maryland, Purdue (both 9-4) and Michigan State (8-4).

2. No. 11 Utah 76, California 61

The Golden Bears hung around for the first half, but a 15-4 run to end the half gave the Runnin’ Utes a six-point lead at the intermission. From there it was all Utah, as Larry Krystkowiak’s team pushed their lead to as much as 18 in the second half. Jakob Poeltl led four players in double figures with 18 points while also grabbing eight rebounds, and fellow big man Chris Reyes grabbed ten rebounds. The big difference was the foul line, as Utah took advantage of its superior size and outscored the Golden Bears 21-5 from the charity stripe. Utah is now 10-2 in the Pac-12, keeping pace with No. 7 Arizona.

3. Indiana 90, Minnesota 71

Tom Crean’s Hoosiers remain undefeated at home in Big Ten play, and they set a school-record with 18 made three-pointers Sunday night. James Blackmon Jr., who was responsible for six of those three-pointers, scored 24 points and Robert Johnson (5-for-8 3PT) and Troy Williams (2-for-2 3PT) added points apiece. Indiana shot 59.3% from the field, and the Golden Gophers could not withstand the Hoosier barrage from beyond the arc. Indiana’s now 9-5 in Big Ten play, and they’re right in the mix for one of the four double-byes in next month’s Big Ten tournament.

STARRED

1. Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky 

Kaminsky was once again a matchup problem, scoring 23 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in the Badgers’ 68-49 win over Illinois.

2. Arizona State’s Savon Goodman

Goodman scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the Sun Devils’ 78-68 win at Washington.

3. Oakland’s Khalil Felder

29 points, eight assists and three rebounds in the Golden Grizzlies’ 83-78 win over Detroit.

STRUGGLED

1. Iowa’s Aaron White

White grabbed 13 rebounds in the Hawkeyes’ 66-61 loss at Northwestern, but he shot 1-for-12 from the field.

2. Stanford’s Chasson Randle and Anthony Brown

Randle scored 14 points on 4-for-16 shooting and Brown shot 2-for-11 from the field (eight points) in Stanford’s loss at Colorado.

3. Quinnipiac’s Zaid Hearst

Hearst scored ten points on 5-for-17 shooting (0-for-6 3PT) in the Bobcats’ 60-57 loss to Iona.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25 

  • No. 13 Northern Iowa has now won 13 in a row, as they won 68-57 at Missouri State. Seth Tuttle scored 22 points, and guards Matt Bohannon and Deon Mitchell combined for 12 assists and just one turnover.
  • No. 7 Arizona moved to 10-2 in conference play with an 86-59 win at Washington State. The Wildcats led 53-19 at the half, and three starters finished the game with 17 points.

NOTABLES

  • Nebraska’s road struggles continue, as they fell 66-54 at Purdue, and they remain winless on the road in Big Ten play. The Boilermakers are now 9-4 in the Big Ten, and they also received good shooting from Dakota Mathias (ten points) and Kendall Stephens (12 points). Vince Edwards led the Boilers with 15 points, while Shavon Shields paced the Huskers with 19.
  • Iona maintained its two-game lead in the MAAC, coming back to win 60-57 at Quinnipiac. Rider, who won at Niagara Sunday afternoon, remains in sole possession of second place.
  • Valparaiso won its sixth straight game, as they won 62-55 at Milwaukee. Bryce Drew’s Crusaders have a one-game lead on Cleveland State and Green Bay, and two of their final three Horizon League games will be on the road.
  • Stanford fell 64-58 at Colorado, capping a two-game sweep on the tough Utah/Colorado swing. Johnny Dawkins’ team has lost four of its last five games.