D’Angelo Russell continued to torch Big Ten opponents registering a pair double doubles for Ohio State (17-5, 6-3) in wins against Indiana and Maryland. Last Sunday, Russell went for 22 points and 10 rebounds as Ohio State knocked off the then-No. 23 Hoosiers 82-70. He led the Buckeyes in points, rebounds, steals and assists going shooting a perfect 2-for-2 from the free throw line. On Thursday night, he grabbed 14 rebounds and dropped 18 as Ohio State dropped the Terps 80-56. Russell has scored in double figures in 21 of 22 games this season. Next up for the Buckeyes is a meeting at Purdue on Wednesday.
Harrell and Louisville earned key wins in ACC play this week. Against Boston College on Wednesday night, he scored only 12 points but registered a game-high two blocks in the contest. But his best performance of the week came on Saturday against No. 13 North Carolina. Harrell powered for 22 points and energized a Cardinals attack which climbed from an 18-point deficit to beat UNC in overtime. The win was Louisville's first against the Tar Heels since 1999 and the first for coach Rick Pitino. Louisville has now won three consecutive games after losing to Duke on Jan 17.
Northern Iowa forward Seth Tuttle recorded two 20-point performances as the Panthers continued to stir the mid-major conversation. On Jan. 25 he scored 22 points as UNI (20-2,9-1 MVC) edged a troublesome Illinois State 54-53. In Wednesday’s contest versus Southern Illinois he notched a game-high 13 points and manned the boards with 10 rebounds. Against Missouri Valley Conference foe No. 12 Wichita State on Saturday, Tuttle notched 29 points in a 70-54 rout ending the Shockers’ 27 game regular-season win streak. Northern Iowa heads to Indiana State on Wednesday.