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College Basketball

Buckeyes continue to win on the road

Upset 3rd straight against Top 15 team

Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. – Ohio State is capitalizing on the lack of fans at Big Ten games this season to take down one ranked opponent after another on the road.

E.J. Liddell scored 20 points and the 15th-ranked Buckeyes never trailed in a 74-62 victory over No. 10 Wisconsin on Saturday. Ohio State has beaten Top 15 teams in each of its last three road games.

The Buckeyes (12-4, 6-4 Big Ten) beat then-No. 15 Rutgers on Jan. 9 and then--No. 14 Illinois on Jan. 16. Illinois is now 22nd and Rutgers unranked.

Wisconsin (12-4, 6-3) lost for just the second time in its last 20 home games. The Badgers' only other home loss during this stretch was a 70-64 decision Dec. 28 against Maryland.

No. 2 BAYLOR 81, OKLAHOMA ST. 61: In Stillwater, Oklahoma, Jared Butler scored 22 points and the Bears overcame a halftime deficit to beat the undermanned Cowboys.

The Cowboys still pushed the Bears, leading in the early minutes of the second half before Baylor took control. The Bears shot 53% after the break.

No. 3 VILLANOVA 71, PROVIDENCE 56: In Villanova, Pennsylvania, Collin Gillespie and Justin Moore scored 15 points apiece for the Wildcats.

Caleb Daniels added 12 points and Jermaine Samuels had 10 for Villanova (10-1, 5-0 Big East).

Alyn Breed scored 18 points to pace Providence (8-7, 4-5).

No. 8 HOUSTON 68, TEMPLE 51: In Philadelphia, Marcus Sasser and Quentin Grimes each scored 15 points and Houston rolled to its sixth straight victory.

The Cougars (13-1, 8-1 American Athletic Conference) also beat the Owls on Dec. 22.

OKLAHOMA 75, No. 9 KANSAS 68: In Norman, Oklahoma, De'Vion Harmon scored 22 points and Oklahoma beat Kansas for its second victory of the month over a Top 10 opponent.

Oklahoma (9-4, 5-3 Big 12) has won three of its last four games against Kansas (10-5, 4-4) in Norman.

Marcus Garrett had 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Jayhawks.

No. 11 CREIGHTON 74, NO. 23 UCONN 66: In Omaha, Nebraska, Denzel Mahoney scored 20 points and Creighton broke open a close game in the last 10 minutes to beat Connecticut.

The Bluejays (11-4, 7-3 Big East) avoided their first three-game losing streak since February 2019.

No. 14 WEST VIRGINIA 79, KANSAS STATE 47: In Manhattan, Kansas, Miles McBride scored 18 points to lift West Virginia in the Mountaineers' first game in two weeks because of COVID-19 protocols.

Jalen Bridges added 12 points and Taz Sherman had 10 for West Virginia (10-4, 3-3 Big 12).

SYRACUSE 78, No. 16 VIRGINIA TECH 60: In Syracuse, N.Y., Quincy Guerrier had 20 points, Marek Doelzaj added 18 and Alan Griffin had 15 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high seven blocks for Syracuse.

Syracuse (9-4, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) outscored the Hokies 31-9 to put the game away.

MARYLAND 63, No. 17 MINNESOTA 49: In Minneapolis, Eric Ayala had 21 points and three steals to help Maryland deliver another road upset of a ranked Big Ten opponent.

Donta Scott added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (9-7, 3-6).

Marcus Carr had 25 points and seven rebounds for the Gophers (11-5, 4-5).

No. 18 ALABAMA 81, MISSISSIPPI ST. 73: In Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Herbert Jones had 17 points and seven assists to help the Crimson Tide keep their winning streak going.

The Crimson Tide (13-3, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) won its ninth straight overall.

FLORIDA STATE 80, No. 20 CLEMSON 61: In Tallahassee, Florida, Balsa Koprivica had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Florida State pulled away early for its fourth straight victory.

Sardaar Calhoun added a career-best 13 points for Florida State (9-2, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).

STANFORD 73, No. 24 UCLA 72, OT: In Santa Cruz, California, Oscar da Silva scored off an inbound pass as time expired in overtime, ending the Bruins' unbeaten streak in the Pac-12.

Da Silva finished with 26 points, the last coming on a lay-in off a set piece with 0.8 seconds remaining. The Cardinal (9-5, 5-3 Pac-12) got their first win over a ranked opponent in three tries this season.

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