Penn State seals upset win over Wisconsin with incredible and-one circus shot
Penn State defeated No. 14 Wisconsin 81-71 on Saturday afternoon, giving the Nittany Lions their best win of the season.
The unlikely hero for PSU in this game was big man John Harrar, who made several key plays down the stretch. However, none were more important than an and-one he converted in transition with under three minutes to go.
Here’s the play:
John Harrar just redeemed himself. No idea how he made this shot but another Badgers turnover leads to a Penn State bucket on the other end. pic.twitter.com/2XQnZmed7p
— George Balekji (@GeorgeBalekji) January 30, 2021
Harrar finished the game with 17 points and eight rebounds, including a pair of key boards in the final couple minutes. All eight rebounds came in the second half and his 17 points represent a career high.
This is a massive win for Penn State’s NCAA Tournament chances. The Nittany Lions entered this game at No. 41 in KenPom’s rankings — firmly on the bubble. This is also PSU’s first ranked conference win of the season.
Myreon Jones led the way for PSU, scoring a game-high 20 points. Izaiah Brockington poured in 18 points.
Penn State hadn’t defeated Wisconsin since that infamous 36-33 win over the Badgers in the 2011 Big Ten Tournament. That streak spanned 13 consecutive wins for Wisconsin in this series.
The last time Penn State beat Wisconsin.https://t.co/FAIikzSlEM
— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) January 30, 2021
For the Badgers, Nathan Reuvers scored a team-high 18 points and added five boards off the bench. This was Wisconsin’s first loss vs. an unranked team since losing to Maryland on Dec. 28, 2020.
Due to a scheduling quirk, these two teams will face off again on Tuesday, Feb. 2 in Madison.