Top 25 Capsules
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Peter Jok scored 27 points and Jarrod Uthoff had 24 points, 15 rebounds and six blocked shots to help fourth-ranked Iowa hold off skidding Minnesota 75-71 on Sunday night.
Iowa rebounded from Thursday’s loss at Indiana to regain sole possession of first place in the Big Ten.
Nate Mason had 14 points to lead Minnesota, which has lost 14 straight games.
Uthoff overcame a slow start shooting by recording a big dunk, three blocks and a pair of free throws in the final 1:17 to help secure the victory for the Hawkeyes (20-5, 11-2).
Jok shot 8 of 14 and hit four 3-pointers.
Minnesota (6-19, 0-13) cut Iowa’s lead to 66-64 on two free throws by Joey King with 2:58 remaining, but the Gophers went 2 for 8 from the field in the final 2 minutes.
Uthoff’s 15 rebounds were a career best. He became the first Hawkeyes player with 20 points and 15 rebounds in a game since 2003.
No. 8 MICHIGAN STATE 88, INDIANA 69
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Denzel Valentine had 30 points and 13 assists, and Matt Costello scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Michigan State’s victory over Indiana.
The Spartans (21-5, 8-5 Big Ten) closed the first half with a 9-0 run to take a one-point lead. They had a 24-3 run to go ahead by 17 midway through the second half.
Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell was limited to nine points, eight below his scoring average and one more than his season low.
Max Bielfeldt scored 10 of his 15 points in the first half, Robert Johnson had 11 points and Thomas Bryant scored 10 for the Hoosiers (20-6, 10-3).
No. 9 NORTH CAROLINA 85, PITTSBURGH 64
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Brice Johnson scored 19 points to lead a dominating offensive performance for North Carolina.
Marcus Paige added 15 points for the Tar Heels (21-4, 10-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot 59 percent.
UNC used a 13-0 second-half burst to blow the game open. UNC finished with 26 assists on 32 baskets, 24 points off turnovers and scored 16 fast-break points after managing a combined five in the past two games.
Michael Young and James Robinson each scored 15 points to lead Pitt (17-7, 6-6), which shot 37 percent and committed 19 turnovers.
The Tar Heels were playing their first home game in two weeks after a difficult three-game road trip that started with losses at Louisville and Notre Dame.
No. 12 MIAMI 67, FLORIDA STATE 65
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Sheldon McClellan scored 20 points and Miami fought off a second-half rally from Florida State.
The Hurricanes led by four with less than a minute remaining when Dwayne Bacon’s 3-pointer brought the Seminoles to 66-65. After Davon Reed missed a 3, Florida State had a chance to go ahead but Devon Bookert was short on a 3-pointer from the corner.
Ja’Quan Newton hit one of two free throws for Miami, leaving Florida State one last chance, but Malik Beasley missed a 30-footer that would have won it.
Reed had 14 points and Angel Rodriguez scored 11 for the Hurricanes (20-4, 9-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who secured their fourth 20-win season in Jim Larranaga’s five years as coach.
Bookert led Florida State (16-9, 6-7) with 14 points.
No. 17 ARIZONA 86, No. 23 USC 78
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Gabe York scored 17 points and Arizona moved into a tie for first place in the Pac-12 by beating Southern California.
Allonzo Trier scored 12 of his 14 in the second half as the Wildcats (21-5, 9-4) held off a rally by the Trojans (18-7, 7-5), who were swept over the weekend in the desert.
Bennie Boatwright, scoreless in Friday night’s loss at Arizona State, had 18 points for the Trojans.
Arizona led by as many as 19 in the first half and was up 16 at halftime. USC rallied to cut it to 70-68 with 6:40 to play, but the Trojans missed their next nine shots and the Wildcats pulled away.