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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Trey Burke had 18 points and eight assists, and No. 1 Michigan was nearly flawless at the start Wednesday night en route to a 68-46 victory over Northwestern.


The Wolverines made 10 of their first 11 shots and went the entire first half without a turnover. They didn't commit a foul, either, until the final minute of the half.


Michigan took over the top spot in the AP poll this week for the first time since the 1992-93 season. The Wolverines can now prepare for Saturday night's showdown at No. 3 Indiana.


Michigan played without forward Jordan Morgan, who sprained his right ankle last weekend. Alex Olah scored 10 points for Northwestern.


Cincinnati 62, Rutgers 54

CINCINNATI — Sean Kilpatrick scored 19 points and No. 24 Cincinnati intensified its defense in the second half, overcoming a 10-point deficit to beat Rutgers for a sweep of their season series.


Cincinnati (17-4, 5-3 Big East) blocked eight shots, forced 21 turnovers and held the Scarlet Knights to 24 points in the second half. The Bearcats also won at Rutgers 68-58 on Jan. 12.



Florida 75, South Carolina 36

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario scored 15 points apiece and No. 4 Florida dominated another Southeastern Conference opponent, drubbing South Carolina.


The Gators, who won their ninth game in a row, led 33-10 at halftime and made their first five shots after the break. They opened a 31-point lead that seemingly couldn't get any more lopsided.


Then it did.


Florida (17-2, 7-0 SEC) pulled ahead 55-15 on Scottie Wilbekin's floater in the lane with 12:32 remaining, sending the happy home crowd to the exits even earlier than usual this season.



Indiana 97, Purdue 60

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Cody Zeller scored 13 of his 19 points in the first half, Christian Watford added 17 points and No. 3 Indiana routed rival Purdue to hand the Boilermakers their worst loss at Mackey Arena.


The Hoosiers (19-2, 7-1 Big Ten) have won four straight overall and five consecutive road games in league play, keeping a share of the conference lead. No. 1 Michigan also won Wednesday night, beating Northwestern 68-46, to set up a Saturday night showdown between the league leaders in Bloomington.



LSU 73, Missouri 70

BATON ROUGE, LA. — Anthony Hickey scored 20 points, Andre Stringer added 18 and LSU defeated No. 17 Missouri.


Hickey had 14 points in the second half and Stringer converted a key four-point play late in the game for the Tigers (11-7, 2-5 Southeastern Conference).


Phil Pressey scored 25 for Missouri (15-5, 4-3), which has lost all four of its games on the opposing team's home court this season. Jabari Brown added 19 points and Lawrence Bowers had 10. Bowers played for the first time in three weeks due to a knee injury.



Duke 75, Wake Forest 70

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Mason Plumlee scored a career-high 32 points and No. 5 Duke held off Wake Forest.


Seth Curry added 21 points, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer in the final minutes for the Blue Devils (18-2, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).


They shot nearly 52 percent — despite going just 2-for-14 from 3-point range — and got a huge night from their senior big man to earn their first road victory of the season.


Freshman Devin Thomas had 15 points for the Demon Deacons (10-10, 3-5), who were denied their second upset of a nationally ranked state rival in eight nights.


Kansas State 83, Texas 57

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Thomas Gipson had 17 points off the bench, Angel Rodriguez added 11 points and eight assists, and No. 18 Kansas State routed Texas to snap a two-game skid.


Omari Lawrence also scored 12 in a reserve role for the Wildcats (16-4, 5-2 Big 12), who built a 38-19 lead by halftime despite playing long stretches without three key players.


Creighton 91, Missouri St. 77

OMAHA, Neb. — Doug McDermott scored 29 points and made five of Creighton's 15 3-pointers in the No. 21 Bluejays' victory over Missouri State.


Ethan Wragge added 15 points, Austin Chatman had 14 points and 10 assists for his first double-double, and Grant Gibbs had 10 points for the Bluejays. Creighton (19-3, 8-2) moved into a tie for first place with Wichita State in the Missouri Valley Conference.



WOMEN Baylor 90, Texas Tech 60

LUBBOCK, Texas — Brittney Griner set the Big 12 women's career scoring record on Wednesday night, finishing with 40 points in top-ranked Baylor's victory over Texas Tech.


It was the fourth career 40-point performance for Griner, who also had 15 rebounds for her 51st career double-double.




Louisville 78, South Florida 75

TAMPA, Fla. — Shoni Schimmel scored a career-high 38 points and No. 12 Louisville rallied from a nine-point second-half deficit to beat South Florida in a Big East game.





Dayton 60, Va. Commonwealth 49

RICHMOND, Va. — Andrea Hoover, Cassie Sant and Olivia Applewhite each notched double-doubles as No. 17 Dayton continued its best Atlantic 10 Conference start, defeating Virginia Commonwealth.




Oklahoma 74, TCU 53

NORMAN, Okla. — Sharane Campbell scored 23 points and made five 3-point baskets to help Oklahoma recover from an early deficit and roll over TCU.


Kansas 78, Iowa State 75

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Angel Goodrich forced overtime with a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left in regulation, then scored seven of her team's 13 points in the extra session, as Kansas erased an 18-point second-half deficit and stunned No. 23 Iowa State.


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