BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell scored 25 points Tuesday night, leading Indiana to a 75-72 upset of previously unbeaten Wisconsin.
The third-ranked Badgers (16-1, 3-1 Big Ten) were trying to become the first team to ever win 13 straight games over the Hoosiers (12-5, 2-2).
Wisconsin started the night as one of Division I’s four remaining unbeaten teams and took a 10-point lead with 13:27 to play. But the Hoosiers answered with 12 straight points to take a 54-52 lead with 9 minutes left.
Indiana led 70-65 with 2:03 remaining but still had to fend off Wisconsin’s late challenge. Ferrell made two free throws with 18.3 seconds left to give Indiana the three-point lead and both of Wisconsin’s potentially tying 3-pointers came up short.
Traevon Jackson led the Badgers with a career-high 21 points.
Senior Will Sheehey and freshman Stanford Robinson both had 13 points for Indiana.
No. 5 WICHITA ST. 72
WICHITA, Kan. — Fred VanVleet had 22 points and seven rebounds and Wichita State remained undefeated.
Darius Carter added 11 points for the Shockers (18-0, 5-0 Missouri Valley Conference), who extended school records for winning streak and best start to a season in their first game as a top 5 team since 1981.
Walt Lemon scored 12 points, Tyshon Pickett added 11 and Omari Grier had 10 for Bradley (6-12, 1-4). Those three were a combined 12 of 37 from the field.
The Shockers’ two leading scorers, Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker, combined for just 13 points in 40 minutes, and it didn’t really matter.
VanVleet was 7 of 10 from the field and has scored at least 16 points in four of Wichita State’s last five games.
Bradley had not played a conference game against a top 5 opponent since an 82-80 overtime loss at No. 4 Louisville on Jan. 4, 1975.
No. 7 FLORIDA 72
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Michael Frazier II scored a career-high 21 points and Florida set a school record for consecutive home wins.
The undermanned Gators won their 25th straight at the O’Connell Center, topping the previous mark set between March 2006 and November 2007.
Frazier made 7 of 16 shots, including 5 of 12 from 3-point range for Florida (14-2, 3-0 Southeastern Conference). His previous high was 20 points in a loss to Wisconsin early this season.
Juwan Parker led Georgia (8-7, 2-1) with 13 points while Marcus Thornton added 11 points and seven rebounds.
Dorian Finney-Smith scored 14 points for Florida. while Will Yeguete added 12 and Pat Young 10.
Florida won despite playing its second game without leading scorer Casey Prather, who sat out with a bruised right knee. The Gators had just seven scholarship players.
KANSAS ST. 72
No. 25 OKLAHOMA 66
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Marcus Foster scored 18 points and Nino Williams made four clinching free throws in the closing seconds for Kansas State.
Shane Southwell added 16 points for the Wildcats (13-4, 3-1 Big 12), who rallied from a 62-56 deficit with just over 5 minutes to play to turn back the streaking Sooners, who had moved into the Top 25 for the first time this season Monday.
Ryan Spangler had a career-high 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Buddy Hield scored 12 points for Oklahoma (13-4, 2-2), but it wasn’t enough to offset a lousy night by Cameron Clark.
The Big 12’s leading scorer, Clark was held to two points on 1-for-9 shooting and he committed a big turnover with 24.5 seconds left and the Sooners trailing 67-64.