BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Victor Oladipo took control for No. 7 Indiana in the opening minutes Sunday and never let go.
The junior guard scored 21 points, grabbed seven rebounds and finished with six steals, leading the Hoosiers to a 75-70 victory over No. 13 Michigan State.
Indiana (18-2, 6-1 Big Ten) has now won three consecutive games and two in a row in this series. The latest win helped break up the three-team logjam that started the day with only one loss each in conference play.
Michigan State (17-4, 6-2) was led by Gary Harris, Indiana’s 2012 Mr. Basketball, who had 21 points and made five 3-pointers. Adreian Payne added 18 points and nine rebounds and doubled his season total by making three 3s.
NO. 2 MICHIGAN 74, ILLINOIS 60
In Champaign, Ill., Trey Burke scored 19 points and Michigan (19-1, 6-1 Big Ten) never trailed after the opening minutes of a win over Illinois (15-6, 2-5) that could push the Wolverines to No. 1 in the nation for the first time since the 1992-93 season.
Duke’s lopsided loss to Miami earlier in the week opened the door for a new No. 1 when the AP poll comes out Monday – and Michigan put itself in position to take the top spot.
NO. 17 CREIGHTON 81, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 51
In Carbondale, Ill., Doug McDermott had 21 points and 10 rebounds and No. 17 Creighton (18-3, 7-2 Missouri Valley Conference) shot 63 percent, bouncing back from a pair of road losses with an easy victory at struggling Southern Illinois (8-12, 1-8) .
Desmar Jackson scored Southern Illinois’ first 10 points then later went 21 minutes without scoring before finishing with 16 for the Salukis.
NO. 25 MIAMI 71,
FLORIDA STATE 47
In Coral Gables, Fla., Trey McKinney Jones scored 15 points for the Miami, and the Atlantic Coast Conference leaders won their seventh game in a row by beating Florida State.
The blowout victory before a capacity crowd was the second in a row for the 25th-ranked Hurricanes, ensuring a significant jump in Monday’s poll. They drubbed No. 1 Duke on Wednesday.
Miami (15-3, 6-0) is off to its best start in the conference, alone atop the standings, and is 9-0 at home. Florida State (11-8, 3-3) fell to 0-3 this season against ranked teams.
CLEMSON 77, VIRGINIA TECH 70
In Clemson, S.C., Milton Jennings scored a career-high 28 points, including 14 in the last four minutes as Clemson rallied past Virginia Tech to snap a two-game losing streak.
The Tigers (11-8, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) had let a double-digit lead slip away and trailed 59-58 when Jennings took over.
Erick Green, the ACC’s leading scorer, had 25 points for Virginia Tech (11-8, 3-3).