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Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino argues a call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Indiana, Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Bloomington, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Big Ten tourney challenge gives Pitino, Gophers last chance

Mar. 10, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — All those late-game lapses over the past month pushed Minnesota way off the NCAA Tournament bubble, forcing the Gophers to win five games in five days this week just to get in. This last-chance challenge at the Big Ten Tournament stretches beyond a postseason bid, too. Star sophomore...

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, left, talks with Rocket Watts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Ohio State, Sunday, March 8, 2020, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

Big Ten takes bruising battles to conference tournament

Mar. 10, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Michigan State coach Tom Izzo thought he had seen everything during his 25-year tenure. Then came this season, in which three teams with six Big Ten losses shared the league's regular-season crown and as many as 11 remain hopeful of making the NCAA Tournament's 68-team field. Izzo...

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020, file photo, Iowa center Luka Garza celebrates after making a basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Ohio State in Iowa City, Iowa. Garza was selected the Associated Press Big Ten Player of the Year Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Iowa's Garza, Badgers' Gard take AP All-Big Ten top honors

Mar. 10, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

Iowa's Luka Garza is The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten Conference and Wisconsin's Greg Gard is its coach of the year. Garza was the unanimous pick for player of the year and for a spot on the AP's All-Big Ten team, also announced Tuesday, in voting of 15 journalists covering the conference....

Kansas guard Devon Dotson (1) steals the ball from TCU guard PJ Fuller, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lawrence, Kan., Wednesday, March 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Best player? In college basketball, that's still unclear

Mar. 9, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

The unpredictability of the college basketball season has led to uncertainty as to which team is truly the nation's best, and that has made for a murky race for national player of the year honors. There’s no one like last year with Zion Williamson, a runaway choice for The Associated Press national player...

Illinois' Andres Feliz celebrates a victory over Iowa in an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Holly Hart)

Dosunmu, No. 23 Illinois hold off No. 18 Iowa 78-76

Mar. 8, 2020 10:42 PM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The rivalry between Illinois and Iowa is heating up. “Basically, they want to kill us, and we want to kill them,” the Illini's Ayo Dosunmu said. Dosunmu scored 17 points to lead No. 23 Illinois past No. 18 Iowa 78-76 on Sunday, securing the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten...

Iowa's Luka Garza (55) dunks the ball as Penn State's Myles Dread (2) looks on during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Cliff Jette)

Working vacations helped elevate game for Iowa's Luka Garza

Mar. 6, 2020 2:36 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Family vacations are a little different in Luka Garza's family. Iowa's star big man went to Bosnia to visit relatives last summer and did two-a-day basketball workouts with his uncle and cousin. Morning workouts focused on offense, evening workouts were for defense and rebounding....

Purdue guard Nojel Eastern drives past Iowa center Luka Garza, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Hunter Jr helps Purdue beat No. 18 Iowa 77-68

Mar. 4, 2020 12:40 AM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Purdue handed No. 18 Iowa its worst loss of the season last month. The Boilermakers used the same plan again in beating the Hawkeyes, 77-68, on Tuesday night. Their offense wasn’t as powerful, but their defense made the biggest impact. Purdue (16-14, 9-10 Big Ten) used a...

Iowa's Luka Garza (55) and Penn State's John Harrar reach for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Cliff Jette)

Garza leads No. 18 Iowa to 77-68 win over No. 16 Penn State

Feb. 29, 2020 3:22 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Luka Garza knew he missed plenty of chances to score in the first half of Saturday’s game against Penn State. The Iowa junior center made sure that didn’t happen in the second half, and he got some help from his teammates. Garza scored 25 points and had 17 rebounds as...

Michigan State's Malik Hall, right and Iowa's Luka Garza (55) and Michigan State's Thomas Kithier, left, vie for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

Behind Winston, No. 24 Michigan State tops No. 18 Iowa 78-70

Feb. 25, 2020 10:59 PM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Cassius Winston scored only one point in the first half and it looked like his team's slim shot to win another Big Ten title was vanishing. The All-America point guard bounced back and scored 19 of his 20 points in the second half, helping No. 24 Michigan State rally to beat...

Czinano, Doyla lead No. 19 Iowa women past Penn St

Feb. 22, 2020 6:16 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Monika Czinano scored 23 points, Kathleen Doyle added 18 with seven assists and five rebounds and No. 19 Iowa rolled to a 100-57 win over Penn State on Saturday. Makenzie Meyer and McKenna Warnock added 10 points apiece for the Hawkeyes (22-5, 13-3 Big Ten Conference), who enter the...