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Big Ten Tournament 2011: Penn State Rides Hot Start To Halftime Lead

Penn State is playing like they still have a chance to get into the Big Dance, and if they keep this up, they could end up making a pretty good case for themselves.

The Nittany Lions scored the first 14 points of the ball game to build a big early lead, but the Wisconsin Badgers haven't rolled over, putting together a nice run of their own to close out the half and go down to the locker room down by just four, 20-16.

Wisconsin didn't get a basket until nearly seven and a half minutes into the proceedings, and have only had two players dent the scoring column in the first half. Jordan Taylor has ten points for the Badgers thus far, while Jon Leuer has six.

The Nittany Lions have a balanced attack, as David Jackson leads the way with seven points, and Tim Frazier has six. Andrew Jones and Talor Battle have gotten on the board with four and three points, respectively.

The Badgers are only shooting 28% from the floor, and an abysmal 1-for-11 from behind the arc. Penn State hasn't been much better, only shooting 34.8% in the first half.

There's one half of basketball left in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. Will Penn State pull off the night's second upset, or will Wisconsin right the ship and move on to take on Michigan State?

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.