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Michigan ready for showdown

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Nik Stauskas started the quick flurry with a 3-pointer from the left corner, and that was followed by another familiar sight: a driving dunk by Glenn Robinson.

Then Spike Albrecht stepped in front of an inbounds pass for a steal and a quick basket, the latest unexpected contribution from the sophomore who has become a crowd favorite in Ann Arbor.

"I've seen that in film. They get some long outlet passes for some transitions," Albrecht said. "I just kind of sat there and jumped in."

Stauskas scored 26, and No. 21 Michigan held off No. 10 Iowa 75-67 Wednesday night to remain unbeaten in the Big Ten. Robinson added 14 points for the Wolverines, and Albrecht shined in his first career start, finishing with seven points, seven assists, four steals and no turnovers.

The Wolverines (14-4, 6-0 Big Ten) have won eight straight to set up a showdown in East Lansing on Saturday with rival Michigan State, the only other unbeaten team in league play.

Aaron White scored 14 of Iowa's points in a row down the stretch, but it wasn't enough to rally the Hawkeyes (15-4, 4-2) from an 11-point deficit.

"I'm really disappointed in myself, because this is the second game in a row that I haven't shown up until late in the game," White said. "I'm supposed to be one of the top players in this league, but I'm not making an impact until it is too late. I can't allow myself to keep doing that."

White and Melsahn Basabe scored 17 each for Iowa. Jordan Morgan had 12 for Michigan.

Third-ranked Michigan State will bring an 11-game winning streak into Saturday's game. It will be the first time Michigan and Michigan State have met with both teams 6-0 or better in Big Ten play, according to STATS.

NO. 5 WICHITA ST. 70, ILL. ST. 55: Cleanthony Early had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the visiting Shockers (20-0, 7-0 MVC), who erased a halftime deficit to remain one of three unbeaten teams left.

NO. 7 SAN DIEGO ST. 75, SAN JOSE ST. 50: Xavier Thames had 15 points for the visiting Aztecs (17-1, 6-0 MWC), who extended the second-longest winning streak in school history to 16 games.

MINN. 81, NO. 9 WIS. 68: DeAndre Mathieu and Mo Walker scored 18 each, an outside-inside combination that helped the host Golden Gophers hand the Badgers (16-3, 3-3 Big Ten) their third straight loss.

RICHMOND 58, NO. 13 UMASS 55: Kendall Anthony had 21 points for the host Spiders, who hung on to upset the Minutemen (16-2, 3-1 Atlantic 10).

NO. 18 DUKE 67, MIAMI 46: Jabari Parker had 17 points and a season-high 15 rebounds as the Blue Devils (15-4, 4-2 ACC) earned their first league road win. The defending conference champion Hurricanes (10-8, 2-4) fell to 0-3 in league home games.

NO. 19 St. LOUIS 76, DUQUESNE 72: Mike McCall had 13 points, including two free throws with 13 seconds left, and the visiting Billikens (18-2, 5-0 Atlantic 10) avoided the upset and won their 12th straight.

NO. 25 OKLA. 77, TCU 69: Ryan Spangler scored all of his 13 in the second half and added a career-high 16 rebounds for the host Sooners (15-4, 4-2 Big 12).

FLA. SOUTHERN 87, TAMPA 83, 2 OT: The visiting Spartans (11-5, 4-3 Sunshine State) rallied from a 16-point deficit to force overtime, but Lamar McKnight's jumper with 1:05 left put the Mocs ahead for good.

SAINT LEO 64, ECKERD 57: Jerrel Harris had 28 points and made 4 of 5 3-pointers for the host Lions (15-4, 3-3 SSC), who held the Tritons (9-8, 2-4) to 21-of-58 shooting (36.2 percent).

ILLINOIS: Coach John Groce said he regrets an outburst that included throwing his jacket and yelling at officials during Saturday's loss to Michigan State: "For me, my entire life, passion, energy, emotion is a positive thing. The difference between emotion and emotional is two letters. … I broke that line of emotion and, the two-letter difference, emotional."


NO. 1 UCONN 83, MEMPHIS 49: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 21 and Bria Hartley added 20 for the host Huskies (20-0, 7-0 American), who won their 26th straight.

NO. 8 OKLA. ST. 64, KANSAS 56: Tiffany Bias scored 14 for the visiting Cowgirls (17-1, 6-1 Big 12), who won despite trailing 10 minutes into the second half.

NO. 12 BAYLOR 71, KANSAS ST. 47: Odyssey Sims had 20 points for the host Bears (15-3, 5-1 Big 12), who made 6 of 14 3-pointers and overcame 15-of-24 free-throw shooting.

NO. 13 PENN ST. 65, INDIANA 52: Maggie Lucas and Ariel Edwards had 18 points and eight rebounds each to lead the host Lions (14-4, 5-1 Big Ten).

NO. 18 W. VA. 70, TEXAS TECH 51: Asya Bussie had 19 points and Taylor Palmer 17 for the visiting Mountaineers (17-2, 6-1 Big 12). Christal Caldwell added 10 points to top 1,000 for her career.

TAMPA 72, FLA. SOUTHERN 62: Shamika Williams had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the visiting Spartans (11-5, 5-2 SSC), who overcame the Mocs' 11-0 game-opening run.

SAINT LEO 67, ECKERD 63: Chelsea Williams had 19 points and nine rebounds for the host Lions (13-3, 4-2 SSC), who overcame 9-of-21 3-point shooting by the Tritons (7-8, 1-5).

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