The Hoosiers (21-3, 9-3 Big Ten), who dominated the second half, were coming off a stunning collapse that might have caused the undoing of many teams. On Thursday night at Illinois, the Illini went on a 13-2 run to close the game, with Indiana turning the ball over late and then allowing an uncontested layup at the buzzer of a 74-72 shocker.
Deshaun Thomas, the Big Ten’s leading scorer and an Indiana native, had 26 points for Ohio State (17-6, 7-4).
NO. 4 DUKE 62, BOSTON COLLEGE 61
In Boston, Mason Plumlee had 19 points and 10 rebounds, hitting the game-winning free throw with 26 seconds left to help No. 4 Duke (21-2, 8-2) rally from early and late deficits to beat Boston College (10-13, 2-8 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Seth Curry added 18 points for the Blue Devils, who watched the three teams above them in the AP Top 25 lose to unranked opponents this week – and then nearly joined them.
Duke won its fifth in a row.
CALIFORNIA 77, NO. 7 ARIZONA 69
In Tucson, Ariz., Allen Crabbe scored 19 of his 31 points in the second half, Justin Cobbs hit a big shot in the closing seconds and California (14-9, 6-5 Pac-12) held its composure down the stretch to knock off No. 7 Arizona (20-3, 8-3).
Arizona had 17 turnovers to end a five-game winning streak.
NO. 9 SYRACUSE 77, ST. JOHN’S 58
In Syracuse, N.Y., James Southerland scored 13 points in his first appearance in seven games, C.J. Fair had 17 points and nine rebounds and Syracuse beat St. John’s.
It was the 37th consecutive win in the Carrier Dome for the Orange (20-3, 8-2 Big East), extending the nation’s longest active home streak in Division I. The win also gave coach Jim Boeheim his 35th season with 20 or more victories. Boeheim holds the NCAA record in that category.
St. John’s (15-9, 7-5) had won six of seven.
ILLINOIS 57, NO. 18 MINNESOTA
In Minneapolis, Tyler Griffey had 16 points, and the Fighting Illini (17-8, 4-7) got a win over No. 18 Minnesota (17-7, 5-6).
Three days after Griffey’s layup gave Illinois a win over No. 1 Indiana, Tracy Abrams swished a 3-pointer with 18 seconds left to stretch the lead to four.