College Hoops Player of the Day for Sunday, January 22, 2012
The three Top 25 teams that did not play on Saturday were given their chance on Sunday, though two of them wish they had performed better.
Number 15 Virginia lost at home to in-state rival Virginia Tech, 47-45, and #22 Illinois was upended by surging Wisconsin, 67-63. The unranked Badgers have won four straight and stand alone, at 5-3, in 4th place in the Big Ten, behind the trio of Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan, all 5-2.
The one Top 25 winner from Sunday was also from the Big Ten, as #11 Indiana held serve at home, dropping Penn State, 73-54. While Penn State fans were dealing with the death of long-time football coach Joe Paterno, the Hoosiers were making life for the basketball team a little more miserable with a clogging defense that held the Nittany Lions to just 34% shooting.
Besides the stifling defense, Indiana shot 53%, including a 7-for-8 effort by freshman center Cody Zeller, who led all Hoosier scorers with 18 points. Zeller also collected four rebounds, four blocks, and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe.
Tim Frazier led Penn State with 21 points, though he was only one of two players in double figures for the Lions.
Indiana improved to 16-4 overall and 4-4 in the rough and tumble Big Ten. Next up for the Hoosiers is a trip to Wisconsin on Thursday.