Jordan Taylor scored 22 points and Jon Leuer added 16 to help Wisconsin to a 68-60 upset of No. 14 Minnesota (11-2) 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 straight win in a conference opener. Wisconsin (11-2) is 70-6 against Big Ten opponents at the Kohl Center in Madison under coach Bo Ryan.
Minnesota took its first lead in over 19 minutes on Trevor Mbawke's dunk with just under seven minutes to play, but Wisconsin answered with two three-pointers, and Taylor and Leuer hit all seven free throws in the final 1:12 to seal the win.
Syracuse 81, Providence 74 - Kris Joseph had a career-high 27 points, Scoop Jardine scored 17 of his 21 in the second half, and the No. 5 Orange (14-0) defeated the Friars (11-3) in Syracuse, N.Y., in the Big East opener for both teams.
Purdue 80, Michigan 57 - JaJuan Johnson scored 22 points and E'Twaun Thomas added 21, and the No. 12 Boilermakers (12-1) overcame a slow start in their Big Ten opener for an easy victory over the Wolverines (10-3) in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Kentucky 91, Coppin State 61 - Terrence Jones scored 18 points, Brandon Knight added 17 points and eight assists, and the 11th-ranked Wildcats (10-2) rolled by the Eagles (4-6) in Lexington, Ky., in their final tune-up before a showdown with rival Louisville on New Year's Eve.
Kansas State's Kelly to sit. Kansas State forward Curtis Kelly will miss four more games after committing a secondary NCAA violation while buying clothes at a Manhattan department store.
Athletic director John Currie said that the NCAA accepted Kansas State's recommendation that Kelly sit out six games and repay the value of the benefit he received to a charity. Kelly already sat out two games last week.
Kelly, who is averaging 10.3 points and four rebounds, will be eligible to play again against Texas Tech on Jan. 15.
Players of the week. Penn guard Zack Rosen was named Big Five men's player of the week after tying a career high with 30 points in the Quakers' 78-68 win over Delaware.
St. Joseph's guard Erin Shields was named Big Five women's player of the week for her 15-point performance in the Hawks' 50-45 victory over Delaware.