Cody Zeller scored 19 points and Victor Oladipo had 15, leading third-ranked Indiana to an 81-73 victory over top-ranked Michigan Saturday night in Bloomington, Ind., putting the Hoosiers in position to reclaim the top spot.
It’s the third time in school history that the Hoosiers (19-2, 8-1 Big Ten) have beaten the No. 1 team at home, and the first time they’ve done it in back-to-back seasons. The win gives Indiana a five-game winning streak, sole possession of the Big Ten lead, and likely the top spot in the country again when Monday’s rankings come out.
The Wolverines (20-2, 7-2) were led by Trey Burke with 25 points and eight assists. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 18 in a game Michigan led only once, at 3-2, and spent most of the night playing catch-up after digging themselves an early hole.
Finally, after more than 20½ minutes of chasing the Hoosiers, the Wolverines finally caught them when Nik Stauskas made all three free throws with 17:42 left to tie the score at 40.
Christian Watford broke the tie with two free throws on the next possession, Oladipo completed a 3-point play, Watford made one of two free throws and Jordan Hulls hit a 3-pointer to give Indiana a 49-40 lead with 15:22 to play. After a basket from Will Sheehey completed the 11-0 run, Michigan came roaring back again with an 11-2 spurt that cut the deficit to 53-51 when Jon Horford scored on a putback with 11:02 to play.
But every time the Wolverines got close, Indiana answered.
Indiana finally got some breathing room with a late 7-2 run that made it 71-62 with 1:42 left, and the Hoosiers sealed it from the free throw line.
Oklahoma St. 85, Kansas 80 — Markel Brown scored 28 points, Marcus Smart added 25, and the visiting Cowboys held on to upset the No. 2 Jayhawks, ending a nation-leading 18-game winning streak.
Smart had a pair of key put-backs in the closing minutes, helping the Cowboys (15-5, 5-3 Big 12) go on a 13-2 run that turned a 66-62 deficit into a 73-68 lead with just over a minute left.
The Jayhawks (19-2, 7-1) managed to play savvy defense and take advantage of a couple missed free throws, trimming the Cowboys’ lead to 81-80 on a layup by Elijah Johnson with 18.8 seconds left.
But unflappable freshman Phil Forte, an 89 percent foul shooter, made both of his tries with 7.9 seconds to go, and Johnson turned the ball over before Kansas could attempt a tying 3-pointer.
It was the Cowboys’ first road win over a top-five team since beating then-No. 2 Kansas, 52-50, in overtime on Jan. 2, 1958.
Ben McLemore had 23 points for the Jayhawks, who also had a 33-game home winning streak come to an end in their first home loss to Oklahoma State since Feb. 8, 1989.
Florida 78, Mississippi 64 — Erik Murphy scored 19 points and was instrumental on the defensive end, helping the No. 4 Gators (18-2, 8-0 SEC) to a 10th straight win at the expense of the 16th-ranked Rebels (17-4, 6-2) in Gainesville, Fla.
Duke 79, Florida State 60 — Seth Curry scored 21 points, Quinn Cook added 18, and the fifth-ranked Blue Devils cruised by the defending Atlantic Coast Conference champion Seminoles in Tallahassee, Fla.
Duke (19-2, 6-2) raced to an 18-2 lead and never looked back, taking Florida State (12-9, 4-4) out of the game early.
Pittsburgh 65, Syracuse 55 — Tray Woodall had 13 points, 4 assists, and 3 steals as the Panthers continued their mastery of top-10 teams at home, pulling away from the sixth-ranked Orange.
Trey Zeigler added 6 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists for Pitt (18-5, 6-4 Big East), which improved to 13-1 against top-10 teams since the Petersen Events Center opened a decade ago.
C.J. Fair led Syracuse (18-3, 6-2) with 20 points but the Orange never led in the second half while losing two straight games for the first time in nearly two years.
Arizona 79, Washington St. 65 — Mark Lyons scored 20 points as the No. 8 Wildcats (19-2, 7-2 Pac-12) beat the host Cougars (11-11, 2-7).
Butler 75, Rhode Island 68 — Rotnei Clarke scored 23 points and the No. 9 Bulldogs (18-4, 6-2 Atlantic 10) beat the Rams in Indianapolis.
Nikola Malesevic led URI (6-14, 1-6) with 18 points in the Rams’ fourth straight loss.
California 58, Oregon 54 — Justin Cobbs made an 18-foot jumper with 1:35 remaining and added a pair of free throws, Cal held Oregon scoreless over the final four minutes, and the host Golden Bears (13-8, 5-4 Pac-12) hung on to hand the No. 10 Ducks (18-4, 7-2) a second straight loss to an unranked team.
Ohio St. 63, Nebraska 56 — Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 21 points and the No. 11 Buckeyes withstood a late Cornhuskers surge in Lincoln, Neb.
Ohio State (17-4, 7-2 Big Ten) won the game at the free throw line. The Buckeyes made 23 of 28, including all 10 of their first-half attempts. Nebraska (11-2, 2-8) was just 4 of 5 from the line.
Miami 79, N.C. State 78 — Reggie Johnson tipped in a missed shot with 0.8 seconds left to help the No. 14 Hurricanes nudge past the No. 19 Wolfpack in Raleigh, N.C.
Durand Scott led Miami with 18 points to help the Hurricanes (17-3, 8-0 ACC) win their ninth straight.
C.J. Leslie had 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Wolfpack (16-6, 5-4), who were without starting guard Lorenzo Brown (ankle).
Northern Iowa 57, Wichita State 52 — Anthony James had 16 points and the host Panthers (12-11, 5-6 Missouri Valley) sent the 15th-ranked Shockers (19-4, 8-3) to their first losing streak of the season.
Missouri 91, Auburn 77 — Keion Bell scored 24 points and Earnest Ross added 23, both season highs, as No. 17 Missouri (16-5, 5-3 SEC) used a strong second half to beat visiting Auburn (8-13, 2-6).
Kansas St. 52, Oklahoma 50 — Angel Rodriguez hit two free throws with 5.6 seconds remaining to give the No. 18 Wildcats (17-4, 6-2) a Big 12 victory over the host Sooners (14-6, 5-3).
New Mexico 75, Nevada 62 — Chad Adams hit two 3-pointers during a key second-half run to spur the No. 20 Lobos (19-3, 6-1 Mountain West) to a victory over the visiting Wolf Pack (11-10, 2-5).
Creighton 75, Bradley 58 — In Omaha, Doug McDermott scored 25 points, including 9 during a decisive 12-0 run, and the No. 21 Bluejays (20-3, 9-2 MVC) overcame poor 3-point shooting in the first half to defeat the Braves (13-10, 5-6).
Air Force 70, San Diego State 67 — Michael Lyons scored 20 points and the host Falcons (14-6, 5-2 MWC) beat the No. 22 Aztecs (16-5, 4-3).
Cincinnati 65, Seton Hall 59 — Sean Kilpatrick scored 21 points and Cashmere Wright added 17 as the No. 24 Bearcats (18-4, 6-3 Big East) blew almost all of a 20-point lead before holding off the host Pirates (13-9, 2-7).