BIG TEN: No. 1 Indiana 76, Nebraska 47
Cody Zeller scored 16 points and Christian Watford finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds to help host Indiana pull away from Nebraska. The Hoosiers (22-3, 10-2) have won seven of eight and regained a share of the league lead. They are tied with Michigan State.
But it sure wasn’t easy against Nebraska (12-13, 3-9), which frustrated Indiana by limiting possessions and repeatedly taking the shot clock inside of 10 seconds in the first half. Dylan Talley scored 10 of his 16 points in the first half to lead the Cornhuskers.
Indiana took charge after Zeller went to the bench with his second foul midway through the first half. It used a 10-0 run to take a 21-14 lead and closed the half on a 6-0 run to make it 27-18, then opened the second half on another 6-0 run. Indiana closed it out with a 19-4 run midway through the second half, extending the margin to as much as 58-32.
TOP 25: No. 2 Duke 73, North Carolina 68
Mason Plumlee had 18 points and 11 rebounds and host Duke beat North Carolina. Quinn Cook scored 18 points and Rasheed Sulaimon finished with 13 for the Blue Devils (22-2, 9-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).
P.J. Hairston scored 20 points and Reggie Bullock had 15 points with four 3-pointers for North Carolina (16-8, 6-5), which led for the first 26 minutes but went on to lose its second in a row.
No. 3 Miami 74, Florida State 68
Shane Larkin scored 13 of his 22 points in the final 7 ½ minutes to help third-ranked Miami stave off host Florida State for its 12th victory in a row. Reggie Johnson added 15 points for Miami (20-3, 11-0 ACC), which became the first team to start the league season 11-0 in a dozen years. Florida State (13-11, 5-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) tied the game at 51 midway through the second half on Okaro White’s tip-in, but never got the lead. Then Larkin took over. The Hurricanes overcame an early 13-2 deficit to lead 38-30 at halftime. White led the Seminoles with 15 points before fouling out with 2:04 left.
Connecticut 66, No. 9 Syracuse 58
Freshman Omar Calhoun scored 15 points, including three 3-pointers in the deciding second-half run, and Connecticut beat visiting Syracuse in the last scheduled game between the national powers. Syracuse will play next season in the Atlantic Coast Conference while Connecticut will stay in the realigned Big East.
There is no chance they would meet again this postseason as Connecticut has been banned from the Big East and NCAA tournaments as part of a punishment for failing to post a passable academic progress rate score.
Their last game was a close one until Calhoun started hitting from beyond the 3-point line.
He started the run with a 3 that gave the Huskies (17-6, 7-4 Big East) the lead for good at 45-42 with 9:49 to play.
Charlotte 71, No. 11 Butler 67
Pierria Henry scored 17 points to lead Charlotte to an upset of visiting Butler. Chris Braswell and Willie Clayton each had 11 points for the 49ers, who ended a two-game skid.
Rotnei Clarke scored 18 and Roosevelt Jones had 17 points and nine rebounds to lead the Bulldogs (20-5, 7-3 Atlantic 10), who hadn’t lost at home in 12 games. The 49ers (18-6, 6-4) went on a 7-1 spurt late in the game.
No. 17 Oklahoma State 91, Texas Tech 67
Markel Brown scored 25 points and matched a career high with seven 3-pointers — all in the first half — to lead visiting Oklahoma State over Texas Tech. Phil Forte added 14 points for the Cowboys (18-5, 8-3 Big 12), who have won six in a row. Brown was 8-for-11 from the field, including 7-of-8 from beyond the arc. He was held scoreless in 7 minutes of playing time after halftime. Dusty Hannahs scored 14 points and Josh Gray added nine for Texas Tech (9-13, 2-9).
No. 21 Notre Dame 82, DePaul 78
Jerian Grant scored 21 points, including a big three-point play in overtime, to lift host Notre Dame over DePaul in overtime for the second time in 11 days. It appeared the Irish might cruise to victory until the Blue Demons used an 11-1 run to not only get back in the game but take the lead. The Irish rallied to force the overtime four days after beating Louisville in five overtimes. Pat Connaughton hit a 3-pointer to give the Irish a 74-70 lead. After Brandon Young hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to one point, Grant got the rebound of a miss by Atkins and scored, then made the free throw. The Irish made their free throws down the stretch to hang on.
No. 22 Memphis 93, UCF 71
Joe Jackson had 21 points and 10 assists and four other Memphis players scored in double figures as the host Tigers recorded their 15th win in a row. Jackson was 10-of-12 from the field, hitting his only 3-pointer. Geron Johnson had 19 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for Memphis (21-3, 10-0 Conference USA). Isaiah Sykes led the Knights (17-7, 7-3) with 17 points and six rebounds.
MID-AMERICAN: Buffalo 75, Toledo 60
Tony Watson scored 24 points and Javon McCrea had a double-double as host Buffalo ended Toledo’s five-game winning streak. McCrea had 14 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots for the Bulls (10-15, 5-6), who have won their last six games against the Rockets (11-11, 7-4).
Trailing 22-21, Buffalo outscored Toledo 14-3 over the final 6:32 of the first half to take a 35-25 lead. McCrea had three layups during the run.
Toledo held on to a share of the MAC West Division lead because Western Michigan lost to Bowling Green.
Ohio 82, Central Michigan 63
Walter Offut had 17 points and eight rebounds, leading visiting Ohio over Central Michigan. Reggie Keely added 14 points and Ricardo Johnson had 11 for the Bobcats (18-6, 9-1), who hit 10-of-21 3-pointers and shot 52 percent overall from the field. Kyle Randall scored 28 points for Central Michigan (9-15, 2-9).
Bowling Green 70, Western Michigan 60
A’uston Calhoun scored 24 points and host Bowling Green shot 63.6 percent in the second half to defeat Western Michigan. Calhoun scored 13 points after halftime, when the Falcons (10-14, 5-6) hit 14-of-22 shots to pull away from a 30-30 halftime tie. The Broncos (15-9, 7-4) remained tied for the MAC West Division lead because Toledo lost to Buffalo.