ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Andre Curbelo scored 11 of his 17 points in the first half, and No. 4 Illinois dismantled No. 2 Michigan with a smothering defensive performance, routing the Wolverines 76-53 on Tuesday night.
Playing again without injured star Ayo Dosunmu, the Illini (19-6, 15-4 Big Ten) kept Michigan from clinching the conference title and boosted their own chances at a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Trent Frazier led Illinois with 22 points, and Kofi Cockburn added 12.
Eli Brooks scored 11 points and was the only player in double figures for Michigan. The Wolverines (18-2, 13-2) looked physically overwhelmed for much of the night, unable to create good shots against the Illinois defense and unable to keep the Illini off the boards. It was an eye-opening blowout — especially since Michigan has rolled to similar margins of victory against other good teams this season.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Jared Butler scored 25 points before fouling out, Davion Mitchell hit the go-ahead basket in overtime and Baylor beat West Virginia to clinch the Bears’ first Big 12 regular-season championship.
Baylor (19-1, 11-1) bounced back in a big way from its only loss of the season at No. 13 Kansas on Saturday.
Mitchell scored four of Baylor’s 13 points in overtime and finished with 20. Matthew Mayer had a season-high 18 points for the Bears.
Taz Sherman came off the bench to score a career-high 26 points for the Mountaineers (17-7, 10-5). Miles McBride added 19 points and Sean McNeil scored 18, including 15 after halftime.
NO. 8 ALABAMA 70, AUBURN 58
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Jaden Shackelford scored 23 points, made five 3-pointers and helped Alabama quash a second-half threat and beat Auburn.
Shackelford helped the Crimson Tide (20-6, 15-2 Southeastern Conference) score 10 straight points after the Tigers (12-14, 6-11) pulled to within five late.
Herbert Jones had 10 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Tide. John Petty and Jahvon Quinerly each scored 11 points.