Louisville topples Pittsburgh in OT
DAYTON, Ohio - Kyle Kuric scored 12 points, including two big baskets in overtime, to lead No. 16 Louisville past No. 4 Pittsburgh 62-59 on Sunday. Kuric had a potential game-winning layup blocked at the end of regulation but atoned by hitting a 3-pointer early in the extra session then adding the clinching dunk with a second to go. Peyton Siva led the Cardinals (22-7, 11-5 Big East) with 14 points and Mike Marra added 11 off the bench for Louisville, which remained unbeaten at home in conference play and knocked off a top-five team for the second time this season. Gilbert Brown scored 20 points and Brad Wanamaker had 13 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for the Panthers (25-4, 13-3).NO. 2 OHIO STATE 82, INDIANA 61 Deshaun Thomas, last year's Indiana Mr. Basketball, came out of a slump with 22 points to lead Ohio State past Indiana. Thomas scored all the points during a 14-3 first-half run that spanned 3:36 and turned it into a rout. William Buford added 15 points and Jon Diebler and David Lighty each had 11 for the Buckeyes (27-2, 14-2 Big Ten), likely to ascend to No. 1 today after Duke lost at Virginia Tech on Saturday night. NO. 8 PURDUE 67, MICHIGAN STATE 47 JaJuan Johnson had 20 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocks to help Purdue beat Michigan State. The Boilermakers (24-5, 13-3) have won six straight to surge into contention for the Big Ten title. NO. 12 WISCONSIN 78, NORTHWESTERN 63 Jon Leuer scored 26 points as Wisconsin beat Northwestern in its regular-season home finale to secure a perfect 16-0 record at the Kohl Center this season. Jordan Taylor scored 16 points and Keaton Nankivil added 15 for Wisconsin (22-6, 12-4 Big Ten), which has won seven of its past eight overall. NO. 14 CONNECTICUT 67, CINCINNATI 59 Kemba Walker scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half, and Connecticut snapped its two-game losing streak by pulling away from Cincinnati. The Huskies (21-7, 9-7 Big East) hadn't lost three in a row all season. They led for all but 29 seconds against Cincinnati, which was coming off some of its biggest wins of the season. NO. 19 N. CAROLINA 87, MARYLAND 76 Tyler Zeller scored 25 points and freshman Harrison Barnes had 21 to help North Carolina beat Maryland, pulling the Tar Heels into a tie with Duke atop the Atlantic Coast Conference. Leslie McDonald added 15 points off the bench to break out of a recent shooting slump for the Tar Heels (22-6, 12-2), who led the entire night for their 15th win in 17 games. Sickles High graduate John Henson added 10 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots as the Tar Heels made up for a shaky shooting night with a balanced scoring effort to go with a strong showing on the boards. NO. 25 XAVIER 66, DAYTON 62 Tu Holloway scored 26 points, hitting the biggest shots down the stretch and helping Xavier beat Dayton to remain alone atop the Atlantic 10. Xavier (22-6, 13-1) retained its one-game lead over Temple heading into the final week of the regular season. The Musketeers are trying for at least a share of their fifth straight title. Chris Johnson had 22 points for Dayton, which trailed by 11 before a late comeback tied it at 59 with 1:41 to go.