The seventh-ranked Wisconsin Badgers proved just how much parody there is in the Big Ten Conference, as they fell at home to Northwestern Sunday night, 66-59. Bryant McIntosh finished with 25 points, helping the Wildcats improve to 19-6, including 8-4 in conference play, as they look to make their first ever NCAA tournament. Derek Pardon added 11 points, leading his team past Wisconsin, snapping their eight-game win streak. Nigel Hayes scored nine of his 13 points in the second half, as Wisconsin could not rally from a nine-point halftime deficit. The win was headlined by the Wildcats' defense, as they held the Badgers to just two field goals in the final ten minutes of the first half. Northwetsern was nearly forced to rely on defense, playing without leading scorer Scottie Lindsay, who missed a third straight game due to an illness.
VA Tech Upsets Virginia in Double-Overtime
Virginia Tech kept their in-state rival, and the 12th-ranked Virginia team on the ropes the entire night, just would not go away, and in double-overtime, they pulled off the upset. Seth Allen's jumper with 3.2 seconds left gave the Hokies an 80-78 win over the Cavaliers. It is the second consecutive season that Virginia Tech has pulled off the upset on the road, as Allen finished with 22 points in the win. It is also just their second win in the last 11 meetings in this rivalry, as a tip-in with one second left forced the extra time. Justin Bibbs added 14 of his 16 points after halftime, while Zach LeDay scored all 11 in the second half. The loss was the third tough, close defeat for Virginia, which includes a buzzer-beater against Villanova, and a four-point loss to Syracuse.
Knicks Snap Losing Streak With Big Win Over Spurs
With all the drama surrounding the New York Knicks organization, a win like they pulled off on Sunday afternoon was much-needed. Carmelo Anthony had 25 points to help New York snap a four-game losing streak with an impressive 94-90 win over the San Antonio Spurs. The Knicks outscored the Spurs by 10 in the third quarter to take the lead and avenge a 36-point night from Kawhi Leonard. The Knicks held the Spurs to just 36 percent shooting, ending their five-game homestand with a win. This comes just two days after allowing 130 points in a tough loss to the Denver Nuggets. San Antonio had their two-game win streak snapped, as they remain one win away from securing an NBA-record 20th consecutive winning season.