ROSEMONT, Ill. — Cassius Winston scored 17 points, and No. 2 Michigan State erased a 27-point deficit 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.
Vic Law cooled off after a blistering start to finish with 21 points, and Northwestern (15-13, 6-9) made just 3 of 26 field goals in the second half.
The Wildcats gave themselves a great chance at their first win over a Top 5 team since 1979 even though star guard Bryant McIntosh sat out with a shoulder injury.
They led by as much as 27 and were up 49-27 after a stunning first half that had fans chanting “Overrated!” But the Spartans outscored the Wildcats 29-4 over the first 14½ minutes of the second half.
No. 3 Villanova 95, No. 4 Xavier 79
CINCINNATI — Mikal Bridges led an early 3-point shooting spurt that put Villanova in control, and the Wildcats showed they’re not ready to relinquish their reign in the Big East, beating Xavier in a showdown for the league lead. The Wildcats (24-3, 11-3) have won all four regular-season titles since the league was reconfigured. Xavier (24-4, 12-3) had a chance to take control of the race, but simply wasn’t up to the Wildcats’ level in the biggest game of the season.
South Carolina 84, No. 10 Auburn 75
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Frank Booker scored 19 points, and South Carolina built a 26-point lead before holding on to defeat Auburn, ending the Gamecocks’ six-game losing streak.
The Tigers (23-4, 11-3 Southeastern Conference) had won seven of their past eight and were heavy favorites to keep that going at South Carolina (14-13, 5-9). Instead, the Gamecocks used a 21-1 run in the first half on the way to a 37-11 lead.
Auburn played most of the game without starting forward Anfernee McLemore, who dislocated his left ankle in a gruesome-looking injury at the end of the first half.
No. 13 Kansas 77, No. 20 West Virginia 69
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Udoka Azubuike scored 21 points and Devonte’ Graham added 15 to help Kansas past West Virginia.
Both teams struggled to create much separation in the first half, neither establishing more than a six-point lead. After being tied at halftime, the Mountaineers (19-8, 8-6 Big 12) took the lead with 17:22 left and held it until the game was tied again at 66 with about two minutes remaining. The Jayhawks (20-7, 10-4 Big 12) wouldn’t reclaim the lead until Svi Mykhailiuk hit a pair of free throws 30 seconds later. Daxter Miles Jr. led West Virginia with 22 points.
Georgia 73, No. 18 Tennessee 62
ATHENS, Ga. — Yante Maten scored 19 points, and Georgia denied the Volunteers an opportunity to pull within a game of the SEC lead.
Derek Ogbeide had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Georgia (15-11, 6-8 Southeastern Conference) won its second straight in a late attempt to return to NCAA Tournament consideration.
Tennessee (19-7, 9-5) remained two games behind No. 10 Auburn, the SEC leader, which lost to South Carolina 84-75.
Arkansas 94, No. 21 Texas A&M 75
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Jaylen Barford scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half to lead Arkansas to its fourth straight win.
The triumph was the 10th straight over the Aggies in Fayetteville for the Razorbacks (19-8, 8-6 Southeastern Conference), who lost 80-66 in College Station on Jan. 30. It was also Arkansas’ third home win over a ranked opponent this season, joining victories over Minnesota and Tennessee. Barford added five rebounds and five assists for the Razorbacks, who have won seven of their last nine.
Texas 77, No. 23 Oklahoma 66
NORMAN, Okla. — Dylan Osetkowski scored 21 points, Texas slowed national scoring leader Trae Young, and the Longhorns extended the Sooners’ losing streak to five games.
Young, a freshman point guard, scored 26 points on 7 for 21 shooting. Christian James scored 11 points and was the only other Sooner to score in double figures.
Kerwin Roach scored 12 points, Matt Coleman scored 11 and Mohamed Bamba added 10 points and 18 rebounds for Texas (16-11, 6-8 Big 12), which never trailed and swept the season series for the first time since 2011-12. The Longhorns, who had lost three straight, got a much-needed win to boost their NCAA Tournament hopes.