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Michigan prevails in top-10 matchup

Michigan’s Tim Hardaway Jr., who scores 21, shoots over Austin Hollins during an 83-75 win over Minnesota.

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Michigan’s Tim Hardaway Jr., who scores 21, shoots over Austin Hollins during an 83-75 win over Minnesota.

MINNEAPOLIS — Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 21 and Trey Burke had 18 points and nine assists to help No. 5 Michigan stave off No. 9 Minnesota 83-75 on Thursday night.

Hardaway hit four 3-pointers in the first half for the Wolverines (17-1, 4-1 Big Ten), who led for the final 33 minutes and finished with 13 steals to fuel their fastbreak. Nik Stauskas added 11 points.

"We came out with a higher intensity than last game and set the tone first," Burke said. "We got our confidence back, and that's important."

Austin Hollins led the Gophers (15-3, 3-2) with 21 points and four steals, and Trevor Mbakwe had 13 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks. Andre Hollins had early foul trouble but played well in the second half to finish with 13 points and four assists.

The Gophers crept back after falling behind by 19 early in the second half.

The Wolverines emerged from a physical contest with ripped jerseys by three players (Burke, Stauskas and Jordan Morgan).

"Got cuts and everything. But it's great. That's Big Ten basketball," Hardaway said. "Just trying to embrace it as much as possible."

Michigan moved into a four-way tie for second place in the Big Ten behind unbeaten Wisconsin.

This was the first game at Williams Arena pitting two top 10 teams in The Associated Press poll since Michigan visited Minnesota in 1977.

No. 3 Duke 73, Ga. Tech 57: Seth Curry scored 24 for the host Blue Devils (16-1, 3-1 ACC), and Mason Plumlee added 16 points and 13 rebounds after going 2-for-12 during the first half. Duke freshman Rasheed Sulaimon broke out of a slump with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting after coming off the bench for the first time. "It's all about how you come back," Plumlee said of Sulaimon. "I don't know of any player who started every game ever at Duke. I mean, he sat Elton Brand and those guys." Freshman Chris Bolden's 20 points were the most by a Yellow Jacket this season.

No. 22 vcu 92, st. joseph's 85, ot: Treveon Graham scored six of his 25 in overtime after the host Rams (15-3, 3-0 Atlantic 10) rallied late in regulation to tie it. VCU played its first game as a ranked team since 1984-85.

Northwestern 68, No. 23 Illinois 54: Reggie Hearn scored 20 and the visiting Wildcats (11-7, 2-3 Big Ten) built an early lead using 3-point shooting to hand the Illini (14-5, 1-4) a third straight loss. Cold-shooting Illinois closed within 48-39 on a free throw by Brandon Paul with 4:36 to play but got no closer. "The first 10 minutes they were a juggernaut," Illini coach John Groce said. A fan was ejected and Groce earned his first technical foul of the season in the intense game.

No. 24 UCLA 74, Oregon St. 64: Shabazz Muhammad scored 21, fellow freshman Kyle Anderson added 17 and the host Bruins (15-3, and 5-0 in the Pac-12 for the first time since 2003-04) won their 10th straight. Travis Wear added 17 points as UCLA equaled its longest winning streak since 2008-09.

NO. 4 KANSAS: Leading scorer Ben McLemore practiced after missing two days with a right ankle sprain and expects to play at Texas on Saturday.

CINCINNATI: With two key Big East games coming up, Bearcats point guard Cashmere Wright (right knee sprain) is in doubt for Saturday's home game against Marquette. Cincinnati then plays at Syracuse on Monday.

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