Creighton reigns over Villanova
Omaha, Neb. • Creighton apparently has Villanova's number.
Doug McDermott matched his season high with 39 points and passed Larry Bird for 13th on the Division I career scoring chart, and the 18th-ranked Bluejays won 101-80 on Sunday to move into first place in the Big East, a half-game ahead of the No. 6 Wildcats.
Their 21-point victory came less than a month after they hammered Villanova by 28 in Philadelphia on the strength of a record 3-point shooting performance.
"I didn't think we could play much better than we did at Villanova," Creighton coach Greg McDermott said. "But I'm not sure we didn't play better today. We didn't have the crazy shooting night from the 3-point line, but the other parts of the game were really good."
The Bluejays (21-4, 11-2) beat the same ranked opponent twice in the same season for the first time in program history.
James Bell scored 18 points for the Wildcats (22-3, 10-2) before fouling out with 6:11 left.
Nebraska 60, No. 9 Michigan State 51 • Terran Petteway scored 23 points and Walter Pitchford added 18 as the Cornhuskers (14-10, 6-6 Big Ten) surprised the host Spartans (21-5, 10-3).
No. 21 Wisconsin 75, No. 15 Michigan 62 • Frank Kaminsky posted 25 points and 11 rebounds, and the Badgers (21-5, 8-5 Big Ten) smothered the Wolverines (18-7, 10-3 Big Ten) in the first half before holding on in Ann Arbor.
Temple 71, No. 23 SMU 64 • Dalton Pepper scored 24 points to help Temple beat SMU in Philadelphia. Playing without injured starter and leading rebounder Anthony Lee, Temple (7-17, 2-10 American Athletic Conference) knocked off a Top 25 opponent for the first time since March 10 last year. The Mustangs (20-6, 9-4) had a four-game winning streak snapped.