NCAA BASKETBALL: Penn State falls short in upset bid
Traevon Jackson made a contested 3-pointer at the buzzer and finished with 15 points as Wisconsin staved off an upset bid by Penn State.
The Badgers (21-10, 12-6 Big Ten) went the length of the court with less than 4 seconds left. Jackson pulled up on the wing and made his 3 over the outstretched arm of Kevin Montminy.
Officials upheld the basket after a replay review, and anxious fans at the Jordan Center let out a collective sigh of disappointment.
D.J. Newbill tied the game for Penn State on a jumper with 5 seconds left. Wisconsin nearly threw the ball away on the ensuing inbounds, but managed to hold on in the scrap on the floor for a tie-up.
Jermaine Marshall had 23 points for Penn State (10-20, 2-16).
NO. 2 INDIANA 72, NO. 7 MICHIGAN 71: Cody Zeller made a go-ahead layup with 13 seconds left and altered Trey Burke’s shot at the other end, lifting Indiana to a victory over Michigan that gave the Hoosiers their first outright Big Ten title in two decades.
Indiana (26-5, 14-4) trailed by five points in the final minute but took advantage when the Wolverines (25-6, 12-6) were unable to seal it at the foul line. Jordan Morgan had a fairly easy tip-in attempt of Burke’s miss that could have won it for Michigan, but the ball rolled off the rim with four seconds left.
Zeller finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Victor Oladipo had 14 points and 13 rebounds.
NO. 10 MICHIGAN STATE 71, NORTHWESTERN 61: Keith Appling scored 16 points and Gary Harris added 12 to lift Michigan State.
The Spartans (24-7, 13-5) were eliminated from Big Ten title contention early in their game when Indiana beat Michigan. Northwestern (13-18, 4-14) rallied from a 13-point first-half deficit, tying the game at 51 before the Spartans recovered.
Kale Abrahamson scored 16 points for Northwestern, which has lost eight straight.
NO. 14 OHIO STATE 68, ILLINOIS 55: Deshaun Thomas scored 19 points in a victory over Illinois, and Ohio State won five in a row, including wins over No. 2 Indiana and then-No. 4 Michigan State.
Brandon Paul scored 21 points for Illinois (21-11, 8-10), which will be the No. 8 seed in Chicago.
Aaron Craft added 14 points and six assists for Ohio State (23-7, 13-5).
TEMPLE 84, NO. 21 VCU 76: Khalif Wyatt scored 30 points, Jake O’Brien had 19, and Temple beat Virginia Commonwealth after rallying from a 16-point deficit.
The Owls (23-8, 11-5 Atlantic 10) clinched the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament and earned a first-round bye. VCU is the second seed.
The Rams (24-7, 12-4) lost their chance to share the A-10 title with Saint Louis.
Juvonte Reddic led the Rams with 20 points and Treveon Graham had 17.
The Owls, who have won seven straight, played their final regular-season game in the Atlantic 10. They’re joining the Big East next season.