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Michigan men win top-10 showdown in Big Ten | College basketball
The No. 3 Michigan men beat 10th-ranked Ohio State in a Big Ten Conference showdown.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Tim Hardaway Jr. brought Michigan back with a relentless streak of three-point shooting, then blocked a shot by Aaron Craft in the final seconds of overtime to give the third-ranked Wolverines a 76-74 victory over No. 10 Ohio State on Tuesday night.
Hardaway finished with 23 points, including five straight three-pointers in the second half. The Wolverines (21-2 overall, 8-2 Big Ten Conference) led by two points when Craft rushed the ball into the frontcourt after a missed Michigan free throw. Craft got all the way to the basket, but Hardaway was there to smother his last-ditch attempt to tie.
"I saw the ball in my face, so I just tried to wrap it up," Hardaway said. "Probably got his arm or something like that, but like I said, it's up to the refs to call that call, and they let it go."
Craft's version was fairly similar.
"There was a bit of contact," he said. "But they didn't call it, so I guess it wasn't a foul."
After scoring easily for most of the second half, Ohio State (17-5, 7-3) had two points in overtime.
Trey Burke missed a three-pointer at the end of regulation that would have won the game for Michigan — the Wolverines' only miss in nine second-half attempts from beyond the arc. Burke's three at the start of overtime made the score 75-72, and neither team scored until Craft's driving layup with just under a minute to play.
With the shot clock off, Craft drove past Burke, but Burke recovered to block Craft's shot from behind at the free-throw line.
Michigan and Ohio State were meeting for the first time with both teams ranked in the top 10.
No. 2 Florida
loses at Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — BJ Young led three players in double figures with 13 points as Arkansas opened quickly and never let up in a shocking 80-69 victory over No. 2 Florida.
The victory improves the Razorbacks (14-8, 5-4 Southeastern) to 14-1 at home this season, and it snaps a 10-game winning streak for the Gators — who had ascended to the No. 2 spot in the AP Top 25 a day earlier and were listed as nine-point favorites.
Arkansas opened the game 15 of 20 from the field.
Mike Rosario led Florida (18-3, 8-1) with 15 points.
Other Top 10 men
At No. 8 Miami 72,
Boston College 50
Reserve junior Rion Brown tied a career high with 22 points, and Kenny Kadji had 16 points and eight rebounds in 21 minutes as the Hurricanes (18-3, 9-0 Atlantic Coast) beat the Eagles (10-12, 2-7).
Miami has won 10 in a row.
Top 5 women
No. 2 Notre Dame 59,
at Villanova 52
Muffet McGraw earned her 700th victory as the Fighting Irish (21-1, 9-0 Big East) beat the Wildcats (16-6, 5-4).
McGraw became the 13th coach in women's Division I history to reach 700 victories. Her career record is 700-257 in 31 seasons coaching, with 612 victories at Notre Dame.
At No. 3 Connecticut 94, Marquette 37
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 24 points and Bria Hartley added 20 to lead UConn (21-1, 8-1 Big East) to a rout of the Golden Eagles (11-11, 3-6).
• Old Dominion fired men's coach Blaine Taylor, 55, with eight games remaining in the regular season.
Taylor's record at Old Dominion was 239-144 and his career mark — including seven seasons as the coach at his alma mater, Montana, from 1991 to 1998 — is 380-210.
Old Dominion is 2-20 this season and has lost 10 in a row.