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Top 25 men's and women's basketball roundup


No. 13 Michigan State 86, No. 8 Wisconsin 74

Malik Hall scored 14 points and No. 14 Michigan State beat No. 8 Wisconsin 86-74 on Friday night to snap the Badgers’ seven-game winning streak.

Max Christie, Tyson Walker and A.J. Hoggard scored 12 points apiece for the Spartans (15-3, 6-1 Big Ten), who shot 53% (29 of 55) from the field.

Michigan State had six days to stew over its previous game, a 64-62 home loss to Northwestern last Saturday.

“I’m happy we got a win and I’m happy we played better,” coach Tom Izzo said. “It was hell these last three days. That’s the way it’s supposed to be.”

Michigan State moved into first place in the conference, ahead of Wisconsin (15-3, 6-2) and Illinois.

Johnny Davis scored 25 points and Brad Davison added 22 for Wisconsin, which struggled to score in the first half, fell behind by double digits and couldn’t catch up.

“We made Davis work for everything, and he’s just a great player,” Izzo said.

The Badgers were without Tyler Wahl, who averaged 15.3 points over the previous seven games, because of a right ankle injury. Ben Carlson started in Wahl’s place and finished with six points in 23 minutes. Coach Greg Gard said Wahl's absence was a big factor.

“He’s important to us but we have to have other guys step up, specifically on defense,” Gard. “It took us too long to adjust to the Spartans’ transition (game). He’s an important part of who we are on both ends of the floor.”

The Spartans led 42-26 at halftime after holding the Badgers to 9-for-32 shooting. Wisconsin exceeded its lowest-scoring half of the season by just three points.

Davison scored 10 consecutive second-half points, including a 3-pointer with 14:04 to go that trimmed Michigan State’s lead to 52-41, but the Spartans had an answer almost every time.

Steven Crowl scored five points during a 7-0 run to pull to the Badgers within six points at 58-52 with 10:03 left in the game. But Wisconsin didn’t get any closer.

The Spartans shot 6-for-12 from 3-point range, including two 3s each from Christie and Akins.

Michigan State out-rebounded Wisconsin 39-20, led by Joey Hauser’s 11 boards. Hall had eight rebounds.

“If you look at our team, everybody scored (and) everybody did something,” Izzo said. “It wasn’t smooth but we shot well, we took care of the ball decently, but the big key was the rebounding.”

The Spartans’ bench players were a nice complement to the team’s starters, with Hall, Hoggard and Jaden Akins (10 points) all scoring in double figures. Michigan State’s reserves finished with 43 points.

“My mindset was to bring energy and bring a spark — just get our guys going,” Hoggard said. “Just to come in and bring energy was the key for me.”

Wisconsin coach Greg Gard rotated a handful of players into the lineup to try to compensate for Wahl's absence, but the Badgers couldn't sustain a rhythm on offense.

Maryland 81, No. 17 Illinois 65

Donta Scott scored a career-high 25 points and Maryland took advantage of Kofi Cockburn's absence in a victory over Illinois.

Cockburn was out with a concussion, and the Illini (13-5, 6-2 Big Ten) lost for the second consecutive game after winning six straight. It was a much-needed victory for Maryland, which has struggled all season and already went through a coaching change when Mark Turgeon exited in early December.

Alfonso Plummer scored 18 points for Illinois, which was coming off a double-overtime loss to No. 4 Purdue on Monday night. The Illini got Andre Curbelo back in that game after he'd been out since November with his own concussion-related issues. Then they had to face Maryland (10-9, 2-6) without Cockburn, their star big man.

Illinois has not won at Maryland since 2011. The Terps are 4-0 at home against the Illini since joining the Big Ten.

This loss also snapped a six-game winning streak for Illinois in Big Ten road games.

The Illini led 56-52 before Maryland took the lead with a 12-2 run. Scott capped that stretch with a layup and a three-point play.

Fatts Russell had 15 points for the Terps and Qudus Wahab added 11.


No. 2 Stanford 97, California 74

Haley Jones scored eight of her season-high 26 points as part of a big run coming out of halftime, and Stanford rolled past California.

Fran Belibi added a season-high 20 points and six rebounds to help the Cardinal (14-3, 5-0 Pac-12) to their seventh straight win over the Golden Bears. Hannah Jump scored 21 points.

Freshman Jayda Curry had a season-high 30 points for California (9-5, 0-3), becoming the first Bears player in more than two years to score that many.

Jones got rolling early, then helped Stanford break the game open in the third quarter on its way to a season high for scoring.

Stanford has won six straight since losing to No. 1 South Carolina 65-61 on Dec. 21.

No. 10 Arizona 76, Utah 64

Sam Thomas scored a season-high 25 points and tied a career best with six 3-pointers, and Arizona beat Utah for its fifth straight win in the series.

Cate Reese added 14 points for the Wildcats (13-2, 3-2 Pac-12), who had lost two of their previous three after reaching No. 4 in the AP Top 25, the highest regular-season ranking in program history.

Gianna Kneepkens had 15 points, Brynna Maxwell had 13 and Peyton McFarland had 12 for Utah (9-5, 0-2), which played its third game since Dec. 21 after a 23-day COVID-19 pause.

Arizona State 57, No. 22 Colorado 52 (OT)

Taya Hanson scored 17 points and short-handed Arizona State overcame 29 turnovers to beat Colorado.

The Sun Devils (9-5, 1-0 Pac-12) won their 14th straight in the series. Neither team made a field goal in overtime until Colorado guard Frida Formann sank a 3-pointer at the final buzzer.

Arizona State hadn't played since Dec. 30 due to six games being postponed.

Quay Miller scored 12 points for Colorado (13-3, 2-3).


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