Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules

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Updated: February 25, 2013

Final Score: (18) Ohio State 68, (4) Michigan State 60

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) – Aaron Craft scored a game-high 21 points and No. 18 Ohio State captured a pivotal contest against its conference rival, defeating fourth-ranked Michigan State, 68-60, at Value City Arena on Sunday. Deshaun Thomas tallied 12 of his 14 points in the second half, where the Buckeyes (20-7, 10-5 Big Ten) rallied to outscore their opponent by 14 in clinching their eighth consecutive 20-win campaign under head coach Thad Matta. Evan Ravenel added 10 points and five boards in the victory. With its second straight setback, Michigan State (22-6, 11-4) suffered a major blow to its conference title hopes, as it trails top-ranked Indiana by two games with three left to play. Adreian Payne tallied 12 points with 15 rebounds and Gary Harris scored 14 points to go along with five assists in defeat.

Final Score: (6) Duke 89, Boston College 68

Durham, NC (Sports Network) – Rasheed Sulaimon racked up 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting and sixth-ranked Duke dismantled Boston College, 89-68, on Sunday at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mason Plumlee converted 11-of-15 from the free throw line, scoring 19 points to go with 15 rebounds for the Blue Devils (24-3, 11-3 ACC), who have strung together consecutive blowout victories since falling to Maryland last weekend. Seth Curry and Quinn Cook each buried a pair of triples, scoring 12 and 11 points, respectively, in the victory. After taking Duke down to the wire — albeit a loss — on its home floor earlier this month, Boston College (12-15, 4-10) never had a chance on Sunday in Durham. Ryan Anderson led the Eagles with 23 points in the team’s sixth straight road setback.

Final Score: (7) Michigan 71, Illinois 58

Ann Arbor, MI (Sports Network) – Trey Burke scored 19 of his 26 points in the second half to help No. 7 Michigan overcome a slow start and take a 71-58 decision over Illinois on Saturday at Crisler Center. Burke shot a strong 8- for-11 for the game and added eight assists while committing just a single turnover. He also became the 47th player in Wolverines history to record 1,000 points in a career. Tim Hardaway Jr. again was shaky offensively, shooting just 4-for-11, but contributed 13 points with seven rebounds. Glenn Robinson III scored 10 in the victory for Michigan (23-4, 10-4 Big Ten), which stayed undefeated at home and have taken five straight from the Fighting Illini. Illinois (20-9, 7-8) was outscored by 16 points in the second half as its five-game winning streak came to an end. Brandon Paul, D.J. Richardson and Tracy Abrams each scored 10 points in the setback.

Final Score: (20) Pittsburgh 63, St. John’s 47

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Behind Tray Woodall’s hot shooting, the 20th- ranked Pittsburgh Panthers returned to their winning ways by topping St. John’s, 63-47, at Madison Square Garden. Woodall shot 8-of-14, including 4- of-7 from behind the arc, for a season-high 25 points as the Panthers (21-7, 9-6 Big East) snapped a two-game skid. Lamar Patterson scored 11 points and Steven Adams had eight in Pittsburgh’s eighth win in the last nine matchups with the Red Storm. JaKarr Sampson paced St. John’s (16-11, 8-7) with 14 points. Leading scorer D’Angelo Harrison, who entered play averaging 18.3 points per game, finished with six points on 1-of-12 shooting.

Final Score: (25) Notre Dame 62, Cincinnati 41

South Bend, IN (Sports Network) – Jerian Grant scored 13 points to help No. 25 Notre Dame to a 62-41 win over Cincinnati on Sunday. Tom Knight had 12 points and seven rebounds, while Jack Cooley added 11 points and eight boards for the Fighting Irish (22-6, 10-5 Big East), who have won their past two games. Eric Atkins had 11 points and six assists in the win. JaQuon Parker had 12 points and was the only player in double-digits for the Bearcats (19-9, 7-8), who have dropped their past three games.