The Associated Press
MADISON, Wis. – Jordan Taylor scored 22 points and Jon Leuer added 16 to lead Wisconsin to a 68-60 upset of No. 14 Minnesota on Tuesday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
Taylor and Leuer, both from the state of Minnesota, again played key roles in Wisconsin’s eighth consecutive win in a conference opener. Wisconsin (11-2) is 70-6 against Big Ten opponents at the Kohl Center under coach Bo Ryan.
Minnesota (11-2) took its first lead in more than 19 minutes on Trevor Mbawke’s dunk with just under 7 minutes to play, but Wisconsin answered with two 3-pointers and Taylor and Leuer hit all seven free throws in the final 1:12 to seal the win.
Mbawke finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds and Ralph Sampson III had 14 points, including the Gophers’ final six, before fouling out.
No. 5 Syracuse 81, Providence 74 – Box Score
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Kris Joseph had a career-high 27 points, Scoop Jardine scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half and No. 5 Syracuse beat Providence 81-74 Tuesday night in the Big East opener for both teams.
Jardine had nine points to key an 11-2 run that gave Syracuse a 62-49 lead and the Orange (14-0) held on despite 27 points from Marshon Brooks, his eighth consecutive game with at least 25.
The Friars (11-3) never got closer than four the remainder of the game.
Brandon Triche finished with 15 points and Rick Jackson had nine points and 17 rebounds for the Orange.
Gerard Coleman finished with 12 points, Bilal Dixon had 11 points and nine rebounds, and Vincent Council had 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for Providence.
The Friars shot 8 of 30 from beyond the arc. The Orange were 9 of 22, including a career-high four by Joseph.
No. 11 Kentucky 91, Coppin State 61 — Box Score
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky sure looks ready for Louisville.
Terrence Jones scored 18 points, Brandon Knight added 17 points and eight assists and the 11th-ranked Wildcats rolled by Coppin State 91-61 Tuesday night in their final tuneup before a showdown with the rival Cardinals on New Year’s Eve.
Kentucky (10-2) shot 57 percent from the field – including 74 percent in the second half – to overwhelm the Eagles.
Doron Lamb, fresh off a school freshman-record 32-point performance in a rout of Winthrop last week, scored 17 points and DeAndre Liggins added 10 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Kentucky.
Jordan Lee led Coppin State (4-6) with 11 points while Tony Gallo and Akeem Ellis added 10 points each but the Eagles couldn’t keep up with the Wildcats, who played efficiently while gearing up for Friday’s Battle of the Bluegrass.