Michigan Eyes Top Spot – NCAA Top 25 News And Notes For January 25th
UNDATED (AP) — Trey Burke had 15 points and eight assists to help No. 2 Michigan shake free of Purdue 68-53.
Tim Hardaway Jr. added 13 points for Michigan, which has a chance to move to No. 1 if it can win at Illinois on Sunday. Top-ranked Duke lost big at Miami Wednesday.
The 18-1 Wolverines trailed by seven in the first half, but Purdue (10-9, 3-3) couldn’t keep up its torrid outside shooting. Terone Johnson scored 14 points for the Boilermakers.
Michigan took control with a 14-2 run in the second half.
In other top-10 games;
— Shabazz Muhammad scored 23 points as UCLA turned a torrid start into an 84-73 win over No. 6 Arizona. The high-scoring Bruins built a 16-point lead in the game’s first seven minutes. Nick Johnson scored 23 for the Wildcats who suffered their second loss in 18 games. Arizona shot a dismal 5-of-24 from 3-point range.
— Kelly Olynyk scored 26 points on a perfect night of shooting to help Gonzaga rebound from a last second loss to Butler last weekend and beat BYU 83-63. Olynyk shot 9 for 9 from the field and 8 for 8 on free throws to go along with nine rebounds.
— Kendall Anthony scored 21 of his 26 points after halftime to lead Richmond to an 86-74 overtime win over No. 19 VCU. Anthony made five of the Spiders 12 3-pointers. Darrien Brothers scored 18 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left in regulation. Juvonte Reddic had 20 points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort for the 16-4 Rams.
— Southeastern Conference leading scorer Marshall Henderson scored 28 points to pace No. 23 Mississippi over Tennessee 62-56. Henderson hit six 3-pointers in the second half.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Butler leading scorer Rotnei Clarke has returned to practice and could play Saturday against Temple. He’s missed three games since he sustained a severely sprained neck after crashing head-first into a padded basket support Jan. 12 at Dayton. Clarke is fifth in the Atlantic 10 in scoring (16.3 points).