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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Lamar Stevens scored a career-high 33 points and No. 22 Penn State beat Minnesota 83-77 on Saturday. Izaiah Brockington added 10 points for the Nittany Lions (18-5, 8-4 Big Ten) who won their sixth straight and snapped a five-game losing streak to Minnesota. Daniel Oturu had a career high 32 points and grabbed 16 rebounds while Mike Carr added 20 points for the Golden Gophers (12-11, 6-7 Big Ten) who lost their second straight.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Isaiah Livers scored 14 points in his return to the lineup, and Zavier Simpson added 16 to lift Michigan to a scrappy 77-68 victory over No. 16 Michigan State. Livers injured his groin Dec. 21 and missed nine of the next 10 games, but he was in the starting lineup and helped the Wolverines salvage a split of the regular-season series against their in-state rival. Michigan also snapped a three-game home losing streak. Cassius Winston, who scored 32 points in Michigan State's 87-69 win over the Wolverines last month, scored 20 in the rematch but shot just 5 of 18 from the field.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Joe Wieskamp scored a career-high 30 points and Luka Garza added 22 to help No. 17 Iowa bounce back from its worst loss of the season with a 96-72 win over Nebraska on Saturday. Garza and Wieskamp came into the game averaging a combined 38 points per game, the sixth-best scoring duo in NCAA Division I play. Wieskamp’s previous career high was 26 in the 67-49 win over Maryland on Jan. 10. Iowa (17-7, 8-5 Big Ten) was coming off a 104-68 loss at Purdue on Wednesday, and guard CJ Fredrick said during Friday’s media availability that the Hawkeyes were “embarrassed” after that defeat. They took it out on the Huskers (7-16, 2-10).
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Purdue took control with a scoring run late in the first half then pulled away in the second half to get past Indiana 74-62. The Boilermakers have won three straight overall and six straight against their biggest rival. Eric Hunter Jr. scored 12 points and Aaron Wheeler had 11 to lead Purdue. Indiana lost its fourth in a row despite getting 16 points and eight rebounds from Trayce Jackson Davis. The loss ruined the long-awaited return of former coach Bob Knight at halftime. It was his first time back at Assembly Hall since he was fired in September 2000.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Colorado coach Mel Tucker said he's still committed to the Buffaloes, even after the Michigan State job opened earlier in the week. Tucker said on his Twitter account that although he was flattered to be considered for Michigan State, he is committed to Colorado for the build of the program. Michigan State's job came open when Mark Dantonio announced his retirement Tuesday. Tucker was a graduate assistant for the Spartans under Nick Saban in the late 1990s. Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi, who used to be a defensive coordinator for Dantonio at Michigan State, has downplayed the possibility of going back to the Spartans.
UNDATED (AP) — Baylor, Kansas, Gonzaga and San Diego State are the top seeds in the NCAA's preliminary rankings. The Bears are the No. 1 overall seed in rankings released by the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee. The preliminary rankings are based on games through Friday. They are designed to be a sneak peek at the selection process before the official seeds are revealed on Selection Sunday, which is March 15. The Final Four is March 27-29 in Atlanta.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Bob Knight is back at Indiana for the first time in nearly two decades. The 79-year-old combustible coach won three national championships in 29 seasons with the Hoosiers. But he had stayed away after he was fired in 2000. That absence ended when he was honored at halftime of the Purdue-Indiana game at Assembly Hall along with his 1980 Big Ten title team. He was surrounded by dozens of former players and thousands of fans chanting his name. He wasn't as loud or fiery as he was all those years ago. In fact, he needed help as he shuffled back to the court. But he seemed to enjoy the moment.
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