Indiana stops Michigan State, Missouri drops Gators + Tuesday Recap: Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Indiana beats Michigan State in battle of Top Fives

No.1 Indiana beat No.4 Michigan State 72-68 on Tuesday to take charge of the Big Ten and snap a 17-game losing streak at East Lansing. The Hoosiers last win at Michigan State came in 1991 before most of the current Indiana players were born. Victor Oladipo had q9 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Cody Zeller chipped in with 17. Barring a complete meltdown, the Hoosiers virtually guaranteed themselves a No.1 in the upcoming Big Dance.

Mizzou comes from double-digits down to stun Florida

On January 19th, Florida stomped Missouri by 31 in Gainesville. Last night, the Tigers came from 13 down to return the favor and knock off the No.5 Gators 63-60 in Columbia. Lawrence Bowers had his best game of the season with 17 points and 10 boards. Missouri improved to a perfect 15-0 on their home floor.

The NBA trade deadline is Thursday at 3:00 PM EST

The NBA resumed with a nine-game card on Tuesday that featured Brooklyn downing Milwaukee in overtime and the Nuggets continuing their hot play at home with a 97-90 win over the Celtics. The dogs were barking going 6-3 on the night. The over edged the under 5-4 in the battle of high/lows. There are 11 big games on tap for tonight that include the Knicks at the Pacers, OKC at Houston, and Boston at the Lakers.

The NBA trade deadline in Thursday at 3:00 PM EST. Among the players rumored to be on the move are Josh Smith, JJ Reddick, Al Jefferson and or Paul Milsap, Ben Gordon and Andes Bargnani.

Jets dump prominent vets in salary cap move

The Jets cut four high-priced veteran players Tuesday, clearing $30.7 million off their payroll and and getting Gang Green $5.7 million under the cap prior to the March 12 deadline. Linebackers Bart Scott and Calvin Pace, safety Eric Smith and offensive tackle Jason Smith were all given their walking papers along with injured TE Josh Baker. Every team must be below the cap by March 12th, the start of the NFL fiscal year.

Blackhawks tie NHL record with SO win over Canucks

The Chicago Blackhawks defeated Vancouver 4-3 in a shootout to remain unbeaten in regulation. In doing so, Chitown also equaled the NHL record by picking up at least one point in 16 straight games to open the season. The Hawks trailed 1-0 after Daniel Sedin opened the scoring for Vancouver at the 13:34 mark. Chicago stormed back with three goals in the second but the Canucks got two goals in the final three minutes to force a scoreless overtime and then a shootout.

Bayern Munich 3-1 over Arsenal in Champions League play

Bayern Munich used early goals from Toni Kroos and Thomas Mueller to cruise to a 3-1 win over Arsenal in North London in the away leg of the Champions League round of sixteen. German national Lucas Podolski got the Gunners on the board in the 55th minute but Mario Mandzukic added an insurance goal for the visitors 22 minutes later. With the win and three away goals, the German champions are a virtual lock to move on when the teams meet in the home leg at Munich in two weeks.

Free Play

(NCAAB) Air Force +6.5 over Boise State (Wednesday, February 20, 8:00 PM EST )

Free Pick record in February: 6-13