BIG TEN: No. 4 Michigan 58, No. 9 Michigan State 57
Trey Burke stole the ball from Keith Appling near midcourt and went in alone for a dunk with 22 seconds remaining, then made another steal in the final seconds to give host Michigan a pulsating win over Michigan State on Sunday.
The Spartans (22-7, 11-5 Big Ten) had the ball with the shot clock off at 56-all, but Burke’s first big defensive play enabled Michigan (24-5, 11-5) to take the lead. After Derrick Nix made one of two free throws and Mitch McGary missed the front end of a 1-and-1 for Michigan, Burke stole a pass by Gary Harris to end it.
The Michigan State loss clinches at least a share of the Big Ten title for Indiana.
The Wolverines avenged a 75-52 loss at Michigan State last month.
Burke had 21 points and eight assists. Michigan won despite going 0-for-12 from 3-point range, which seemed like an impossible turn of events after the defensively maligned Wolverines lost at Penn State on Wednesday night.
Purdue 69, No. 17 Wisconsin 56
D.J. Byrd scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half and Purdue upset host Wisconsin.
Terone Johnson added 16 points for the Boilermakers (14-15, 7-9 Big Ten), who had lost three consecutive road games and four of five overall. Purdue took control with a 21-3 run in the second half during which Byrd had nine points and Johnson eight.
Jared Berggren scored 13 points and Ryan Evans and Sam Dekker had 10 apiece for the Badgers (20-9, 11-5), who had won six of their previous seven.
The loss left Wisconsin barely clinging to title hopes in the tightly contested Big Ten: The Badgers need to win their final two games, Thursday at No. 9 Michigan State and next Sunday at Penn State, and get a lot of help to claim a share of their first conference championship since 2007-08.
Byrd hit three 3-pointers and Johnson added four baskets in the decisive 21-3 run as Purdue pulled away, silenced the crowd at Kohl Center and won there for the first time since January 2009.
TOP 25: No. 23 Pittsburgh 73, Villanova 64
Talib Zanna scored nine of his 14 points in overtime and Pittsburgh rallied past visiting Villanova.
Zanna added a career-high 19 rebounds for the Panthers (23-7, 11-6 Big East), who trailed by as much as nine in the second half. James Robinson also had 14 points for Pitt, including a game-tying 3-pointer with 33 seconds left in regulation and another in overtime that gave the Panthers a five-point lead.
Ryan Arcidiacono led Villanova with 23 points but the Wildcats (18-12, 9-8) let an opportunity to pad their NCAA Tournament resume slip away in the final Big East game at Petersen Events Center.
Zanna, who has struggled the last two months, scored the first seven points of overtime and Pitt held on to win its third in a row.
Tray Woodall scored 13 points and handed out 11 assists on senior day. Classmate and best friend Dante Taylor added seven points and six boards in a rare start and put an exclamation point on the victory with an emphatic dunk in the final seconds.