Kansas comes into town on Saturday - Jamie Squire
The majority of games that Ohio State's opponents played last week were against weaker competition, but there was a couple surprises that happened.
The most notable game last week was Indiana's overtime loss to Butler, which drops the Hoosiers from the ranks of the undefeated. That wasn't the only overtime game this week, as Delaware State pushed Penn State to the extra session. This week, a Tuesday matchup with Winthrop is scheduled before Kansas comes into town on Saturday and the Buckeyes try to extract some revenge for the 2 losses to the Jayhawks last year.
Washington (6-4): WIN @ Seattle (87-74), WIN v. Jackson State (75-67): Scott Suggs had a big week as the Huskies won both of the games that they played. Suggs scored 24 in a win versus Seattle on Thursday, and followed that up with nine of Washington's first 14 points of the 2nd half to help them put a little distance on Jackson State on Saturday. Suggs finished with 17 points overall in Saturday night's game. Washington has a couple home games this week with Cal Poly coming to town on Thursday, followed by Northern Illinois on Saturday.
#2 Duke (9-0): DNP last week: The Blue Devils return to action on Wednesday as they welcome Cornell into Cameron Indoor.
Winthrop (4-4): WIN @ Ohio (50-49): On Saturday, Winthrop traveled to Athens and snapped Ohio's 16-game home winning streak. Derrick Henry had 14 points, including a FT with three seconds left in the second half that gave Winthrop the lead. The win was the first this year for Winthrop against a Division I team. The Eagles are in Ohio again on Tuesday, as they travel to Columbus to take on the Buckeyes, followed by a trip to Auburn on Saturday.
#9 Kansas (8-1): WIN v. Belmont (89-60): In their only game of the week, Kansas had little problem with Belmont. In the 27th straight home win for Kansas, Ben McLemore and Travis Releford had 17 points each. The Jayhawks welcome in Richmond to Allen Fieldhouse on Tuesday before Saturday's showdown in Columbus with the Buckeyes.
Nebraska (6-3): LOSS @ Oregon (60-38): Nebraska had little go right for them on Saturday as they traveled out to Eugene. The Cornhuskers were out-rebounded 41-25 by the Ducks, and outscored 40-12 in the paint. Dylan Talley was the sole Nebraska player in double figures with 11 points. Nebraska will try and get back on track this week with home games against Jacksonville State on Tuesday and Central Michigan on Saturday.
#10 Illinois (12-0): WIN v. Norfolk State (64-54), WIN v. Eastern Kentucky (66-53): Illinois may have won on Tuesday, but they didn't make things easy for themselves by shooting only 35% from the field in the 10-point victory. The Fighting Illini had just returned from beating Gonzaga in Spokane on the previous Saturday night, which could have contributed the inaccuracy from the field. Sunday's game marked a return to better shooting, as Illinois hit 50% of their field goal attempts. That win tied John Groce with Fletcher Lane (1907) for best start by a first-year Illinois head coach. The annual "Braggin' Rights" game with Missouri awaits Illinois on Saturday in St. Louis this week.
Purdue (4-6): LOSS v. #22 Notre Dame (81-68): The lone bright spot for Purdue on Saturday was freshman Rapheal Davis, who scored 21 points in 18 minutes in the loss to Notre Dame. Coming into the game Davis had not scored double figures in any game so far in his Purdue career, and had scored no points in four games. Leading scorer Terrone Johnson was not able to match Davis, and finished the game with only four points. The lone game Purdue plays this week is to another in-state opponent as Ball State comes to West Lafayette on Tuesday.
#3 Michigan (11-0): WIN v. Binghamton (67-39), WIN v. West Virginia (81-66): Michigan continued their best start since the 1988-89 campaign, when they won the NCAA championship. Trey Burke found the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to be quite cozy, scoring a season-high 27 points in helping John Beilen defeat the school he coached at before coming to Michigan. Burke wasn't the only one that enjoyed playing in the Barclays Center, as Tim Hardaway Jr. matched his season-high with 25 points. Eastern Michigan makes the short trip to Ann Arbor to face the Wolverines on Thursday night.
#19 Michigan State (9-2): WIN v. Tuskegee (92-56): For the first time since 1989, Michigan State played a home game at Jenison Field House. Keith Appling might want to play more games at Jenison as he tied his career-high against Division II Tuskegee. The score was close at half, with the Spartans up 33-26, but the differences between the two teams really showed in the 2nd half. The Spartans get back to playing Division I teams this week as they make the trip to Bowling Green on Tuesday and return home on Saturday to face Texas.
Iowa (9-2) : WIN @ Northern Iowa (80-73): Iowa used nine first half 3-pointers to take an 8-point lead into the break and holding steady in the final 20 minutes. The Hawkeyes got a season-high 30 points from Roy Devyn Marble and a career-high 23 points from freshman Mike Gessell to pick up the road victory. A pair of MEAC squads come into Iowa City this week, South Carolina State on Wednesday and Coppin State on Saturday.
Penn State (6-4): WIN v. Delaware State (80-76 in OT): All looked good early for Penn State on Saturday as they raced out to a 21-3 lead to start the game, but needed overtime to down Delaware State. D.J. Newbill scored 22 points as he continued to try to shoulder the load with Tim Frazier out for the year. New Hampshire comes to State College for a 11 am tip on Sunday.
Wisconsin (7-4): WIN v. Green Bay (65-54): The Badgers found themselves in an early hole against Green Bay, down 19-12 about halfway through the first half, before righting the ship to win by 11. Ryan Evans led the Badgers with 13 points. This Saturday Wisconsin plays their third straight game against an in-state school as Wisconsin-Milwaukee visits Madison.
#1 Indiana (9-1): LOSS v. Butler (88-86 in OT): The Hoosiers and Bulldogs played one of the best games in this early basketball season on Saturday in Indianapolis. Butler's Alex Barlow's game-winning shot with 2.4 seconds left gave Indiana their first loss of the season. Indiana shot 22 more free throws than the Bulldogs but was out-rebounded for the first time this season. Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo both had 18 points for Indiana. This week Indiana should be able to get back on track as Mount St. Mary's comes to Assembly Hall on Wednesday, and Florida Atlantic follows on Friday.
Northwestern (7-3): DNP last week: Northwestern has a busy week ahead with home games against Texas State on Monday, Stanford on Friday, and Brown on Sunday.
#13 Minnesota (11-1): WIN v. North Dakota State (70-57): Rodney Williams' 19 points and a career-high 18 rebounds from Trevor Mbakwe were too much for North Dakota State to overcome. Minnesota has won 16 straight in the series, last losing in 1936. The Golden Gophers look to continue their impressive start to the season on Saturday when Lafayette visits.