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Down 27, No. 2 Spartans top Northwestern

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ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Michigan State coach Tom Izzo had a simple request after his team staged one of the biggest rallies in NCAA history: Try not to make it a 28-point comeback next time.

Cassius Winston scored 17 points, and the second-ranked Spartans rallied from 27 down on Saturday to beat Northwestern 65-60 and extend its winning streak to 10 games.

Nick Ward added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Miles Bridges hit four free throws in the final minute, and the Spartans (26-3, 14-2 Big Ten) used a huge second half to pull out the win when they looked like they were headed to a stunning blowout loss.


No. 3 Villanova beats No. 4 Xavier 95-79

CINCINNATI (AP) With the Big East's bragging rights at stake, Villanova showed it's not ready to relinquish its reign.

Mikal Bridges led an early 3-point shooting spurt that put Villanova in control, and the third-ranked Wildcats beat No. 4 Xavier 95-79 on Saturday in a showdown for control of the league.


No. 7 Texas Tech falls, loses star Evans

WACO, Texas (AP) Terry Maston is emerging as a go-to guy for the surging Baylor Bears. No. 7 Texas Tech hopes it didn't just lose top scorer Keenan Evans for any length of time.

Maston scored 24 points to lead the Bears to a 59-57 victory over the Red Raiders, whose seven-game winning streak ended Saturday night after the Big 12 leaders lost Evans to what coach Chris Beard said was a toe injury in the first half. The school initially reported it as a foot injury.


No. 10 Auburn loses, F McLemore injured

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) No. 10 Auburn's path toward closing out a stellar season in the Southeastern Conference just got tougher.

The Tigers found out shortly after their stunning, 84-75 loss to South Carolina on Saturday that starter Anfernee McLemore was lost for the season after a horrific injury late in the first half.


No. 13 Kansas rallies to beat No. 20 WVU

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Bob Huggins didn't mince words in his postgame press conference after West Virginia lost to Kansas.

"They shot 29 free throws," Huggins said. "We shot two. You don't think that had anything to do with it?"


Texas slows Young, Oklahoma's skid at 5

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Texas was getting desperate, and the Longhorns finally got the win they needed.

Dylan Osetkowski scored 21 points, Texas slowed national scoring leader Trae Young, and the Longhorns beat No. 23 Oklahoma 77-66 on Saturday to extend the Sooners' losing streak to five games.


No. 14 UNC tops Louisville, win streak 5

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) North Carolina got the fast start it sought against Louisville and the No. 14 Tar Heels displayed that energy in numerous areas, giving coach Roy Williams a lot to like - for the most part.

Joel Berry scored 23 points, Luke Maye had 19 with 13 rebounds and North Carolina dominated the boards and second-chance points to beat the Cardinals 93-76 Saturday night for its fifth consecutive victory.


Georgia gets needed win over No. 18 Vols

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Tennessee coach Rick Barnes says the homestretch of the regular season is a time to either improve or lose ground.

Barnes said Georgia is improving. He wasn't as generous in his appraisal of his Volunteers.


No. 9 Gonzaga extends win streak to 9

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Pepperdine had closed within two points with more than seven minutes left, and forwards Johnathan Williams and Killian Tillie of No. 9 Gonzaga rose to meet the challenge.

Williams had two dunks and a block, and Tillie hit a couple of 3-pointers, to sink the Waves 81-67 on Saturday night.


Arkansas rolls past No. 21 Texas A&M

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Daniel Gafford capped off the most difficult stretch of his young Southeastern Conference career with a disappointing and foul-plagued performance the last time Arkansas faced Texas A&M.

The standout Razorbacks forward remembered that game all too well, and it showed as he added yet another dominating effort to his remarkable freshman season on Saturday.

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