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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Cassius Winston scored a career-high 32 points and Xavier Tillman had 20 to lead No. 14 Michigan State to a 87-69 victory over No. 12 Michigan. The Spartans were ahead the entire game and beat the rival Wolverines for a fourth consecutive time. The Spartans have won seven straight and are the only Big Ten team without a conference loss. The Wolverines have lost four of their last seven games after starting 7-0 under first-year coach Juwan Howard. They were led by Jon Teske, who fouled out after scoring 15 points.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan wide receiver Nico Collins is staying in school for his senior season. Collins announced his plans Sunday on social media. His return should provide a boost for an offense that has to replace quarterback Shea Patterson, four starting offensive linemen and two key receivers. Collins has 78 receptions for 1,388 yards and 13 touchdowns over his three-year career. He had 37 catches for 729 yards and seven scores last season for the 17th-ranked Wolverines.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Alan Griffin scored 16 points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds and Illinois defeated Purdue 63-37. Purdue’s 37 points were the fewest allowed by Illinois this season. The Boilermakers' shooting percentage was the lowest allowed by Illinois in program history. The Illini scored the first 11 points and took a 32-19 lead at halftime. Sasha Stefanovic led Purdue with eight points.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Daniel Oturu had 19 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks in posting his ninth double-double of the season, as Minnesota beat Northwestern 77-68. Marcus Carr added 17 points on 10-for-10 free-throw shooting for the Gophers. They made all 19 of their shots from the foul line and confidently bounced back from a potentially crushing double-overtime loss at Purdue in their previous game. Pat Spencer led Northwestern with 22 points, and Miller Kopp added 14 points. The Wildcats have lost four straight games. They are the only team left in the 14-team league without a conference win.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — There is a parity party in college basketball this season unlike perhaps any other year. Five different teams rose to No. 1 before New Year's Day, a record for the AP poll that began with the 1948-49 season. This past week brought losses to No. 4 Oregon, ninth-ranked Memphis and No. 10 Villanova — all to unranked teams. There are a multitude of reasons, ranging from more talent spread more evenly across college basketball to rule changes that include a deeper 3-point line. But regardless of the circumstances, one thing has become clear: Not even the bluest of the blue bloods is safe this season.
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