BIG TEN BASKETBALL Wisconsin stifles Indiana behind Harris' 26 points
The 17th-ranked Badgers have a chance at a share of the conference title.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Devin Harris got Wisconsin started with 16 points in the first 13 minutes and then the 17th-ranked Badgers relied on a stifling defense to defeat Indiana 70-52 on Saturday.
Harris finished with 26 points, and the Hoosiers had another bad shooting day, making just 35 percent from the field.
Wisconsin (21-6, 12-4) also put itself in position to claim a share of a third straight Big Ten title.
For the Hoosiers (13-14, 7-9) it was another lesson in futility. They were led by A.J. Moye with 11 points and George Leach with 10 in their final regular-season home game.
It was Indiana's second straight home loss to the Badgers, who had lost 22 in a row at Assembly Hall before that.
Harris got things started. His third 3-pointer of the first half broke a 12-12 tie and sent Wisconsin on a 7-0 run.
Then the Badgers' defense took over.
Indiana managed just one basket and was outscored 14-2 in the final 8:16 of the half, giving the Badgers a 33-18 lead.
Wisconsin led 42-24 with 15:34 to go, and the Hoosiers' only serious challenge came when Marshall Strickland hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Ryan Tapak followed with a fadeaway 3 to make it 49-40 with 7:35 left.
But the Badgers got a three-point play from Zach Morley and a layup from Harris to re-establish a 60-44 lead and put the game away.
Minnesota 78, Penn St. 62
MINNEAPOLIS -- Kris Humphries scored 25 points as the Gophers ended the regular season by sending Penn State to its 10th straight loss.
Humphries finished the season as the Big Ten's leading scorer and rebounder.
The last freshman to lead the conference in scoring was Ohio State's Michael Redd in 1998, and no freshman has been the leading rebounder since at least 1959.
Ben Johnson, playing in his final home game at Minnesota, added 22 points for the Gophers (11-17, 3-13 Big Ten).
Fellow senior Michael Bauer had 10 points and eight rebounds.
Penn State (9-18, 3-13) lost its 24th straight conference road game. Jan Jagla led the Lions with 17 points. Marlon Smith added 16 and Aaron Johnson 13.
Michigan 63, Northwestern 56
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Daniel Horton had 16 points and Lester Abram scored 14, including four key free throws down the stretch that helped Michigan hold off Northwestern.
The Wolverines (17-10, 8-8 Big Ten) will have to win a few games in next week's conference tournament.
Jitim Young scored 20 points in his final home game at Northwestern (13-14, 8-8).
Iowa 63, Purdue 62
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Pierre Pierce made two free throws with 30.6 seconds remaining for Iowa (16-11, 9-7 Big Ten).
The Boilermakers (17-12, 7-9) had two chances to stay in the game in the closing seconds, but David Teague missed a 3-pointer and Pierce grabbed the rebound.