Michigan State's Denzel Valentine had 30 points and 13 rebounds against Indiana. "Our three seniors were the difference in the game," Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. "And, you hope that's the way it's supposed to be."


No. 8 MICHIGAN STATE 88, INDIANA 69: Denzel Valentine had 30 points and 13 assists, Matt Costello scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Spartans (21-5, 8-5 Big Ten), who closed the first half with a 9-0 run to take a one-point lead. They had a 24-3 run to go ahead by 17 midway through the second half. The Hoosiers (20-6, 10-3) fell out of a tie for first place behind No. 4 Iowa, which they beat on the road on Thursday. Indiana's Yogi Ferrell was limited to nine points, a season low and eight below his scoring average.

No. 9 NORTH CAROLINA 85, PITTSBURGH 64: Brice Johnson scored 19 points to lead a dominating offensive performance and Marcus Paige added 15 points for the Tar Heels (21-4, 10-2 ACC), who shot 59 percent to stay atop the league ahead of the next renewal of their fierce rivalry with Duke. North Carolina had plenty of balance, shared the ball and got out in transition in arguably their best performance in weeks, using a 13-0 second-half burst to blow the game open.

No. 12 MIAMI 67, FLORIDA STATE 65: Sheldon McClellan scored 20 points as the host Hurricanes (20-4, 9-3 ACC) fought off a second-half rally. Miami led by four with less than a minute remaining when Dwayne Bacon's 3-pointer brought the Seminoles to 66-65. After Davon Reed missed a 3, Florida State had a chance to go ahead but Devon Bookert was short on a 3-pointer from the corner. Ja'Quan Newton hit one of two free throws for Miami, leaving Florida State one last chance, but Malik Beasley missed a 30-footer that would have won it.

No. 17 ARIZONA 86 No. 23 SOUTHERN CAL 80: Gabe York scored 17 points and the Wildcats (21-5, 9-4) moved into a tie for first place in the Pac-12. Allonzo Trier scored 12 of his 14 in the second half as Arizona held off a rally by the Trojans (18-7, 7-5). Bennie Boatwright, scoreless in Friday night's loss at Arizona State, scored 18 for the Trojans. USC rallied to cut it to 70-68 with 6:40 to play, but the Trojans missed their next nine shots and the Wildcats pulled away.

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