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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — The typically media-friendly and regular interview request Geo Baker skipped out on Rutgers’ post-game press conference. He had no reason to be salty following his best game of the season that has seen him struggle in Big Ten play since breaking his left thumb at the end of December.However, the team captain and face of the program was getting some extra treatment on his ailing back. While it likely came from the bumps and bruises that come with playing in the Big Ten, his teammate joked it was from carrying the team.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Brevin Pritzl scored 19 points. shooting 5 of 6 from 3-point territory, and Wisconsin played stifling defense early to beat Ohio State 70-57. The Badgers pulled away after closing with a 16-0 run for a 38-20 halftime lead. The sloppy Buckeyes never got closer than 11 the rest of the way. Andre Wesson had 11 points to lead Ohio State, which committed nine of its 14 turnovers in the first half and had trouble getting good shots in the paint.
UNDATED (AP) — Purdue is positioned to chase down an NCAA Tournament bid in a tough Big Ten Conference. The Boilermakers have 10 losses but are in the top 30 of the NCAA's NET rankings. They also play in KenPom's top-rated league with games ahead that could improve their tournament resume. Purdue has won three straight games, including a rout of No. 17 Iowa and a win at Indiana in the past week. Arizona State and Rhode Island are other teams improving their chances with Selection Sunday five weeks away. Florida and Memphis are teams who have slid in recent weeks.
LINCOLN, Nebr. (AP) — Grace Berger turned a turnover into a layup with 30 seconds left and Jaelynn Penn turned another into a pair of free throws with 17 seconds left to play and No. 18 Indiana held on to defeat Nebraska 57-53. Indiana, which missed its last four shots of the third quarter, missed its first 15 of the fourth quarter but went up 53-51 on a pair of Berger free throws with 2:50 to play. Nicea Eliely tied the game at 53 with 1:45 remaining. Penn led the Hoosiers with 14 points. Kate Cain scored 12 points for Nebraska.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Monika Czinano scored 20 points on 10-of-11 shooting, including making all five of her shots in a pivotal second quarter, and No. 20 Iowa pulled away from Purdue for an 83-71. Makenzie Meyer and Kathleen Doyle added 22 points apiece for the Hawkeyes (20-4, 11-2 Big Ten Conference), who set up a showdown at No. 13 Maryland on Thursday with the league lead on the line. Kayanna Traylor led the Boilermakers (15-10, 6-7) with a career-high 21 points, going 6 of 8 from the field and 7 of 9 from the foul line.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Kaila Charles scored 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds to lead No. 13 Maryland to a 79-50 win over Rutgers, the Terrapins' ninth straight victory. Maryland reached 20 wins for the 17th-straight season. Maryland forced turnovers on the first five Rutgers possessions and opened a 7-0 lead barely three minutes into the game. The Scarlet Knights hit their final six shots of the first quarter and trailed 25-17. A 12-1 run in the middle of the second quarter helped the Terrapins lead 44-26 at the half. Arella Guirantes led Rutgers with 15 points.
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