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Glenn Robinson III, No. 2 Michigan overcome first-half test to blow out Iowa

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Coming off a near-upset of No. 5 Indiana last week, Fran McCaffery and the Iowa Hawkeyes got a taste Sunday of what makes their Big Ten conference schedule so tough in 2013.

Iowa slowed the pace of the No. 2 Michigan Wolverines and controlled the tempo early, holding the game steady at 35-33 with 2:12 remaining in the first half.

But then the floodgates opened.

Iowa went cold from floor, 0-of-3 from three-point range in the final minute of the half, which ignited the Wolverines’ transition game and led to an 8-0 Michigan run. John Beilein’s team never looked back, leading by 11 points at the half and going on to win, 95-67.

Four Michigan players scored in double figures, led by Glenn Robinson III with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Mitch McGary, who was the catalyst behind the late first-half run, finished with five points and tied a career high with 11 rebounds.

The key here, though, is not the final score, but rather that Michigan fought off a tough Iowa team in the first half, commanding a change of pace with the sparking of a transition game, and went on to a blowout victory. Simply put, the Wolverines adapted.

Iowa did a good job in the first half of working the ball to the interior an exploiting an advantage by scoring 10 of its first 16 points in the paint. Michigan fell into the trap, but not for long.

As soon as Iowa began to miss shots, the Wolverines shifted their offensive mindset and used the transition game to pull ahead convincingly.

Trey Burke finished with a double-double of 19 points and 12 assists, furthering distinguishing himself as perhaps the Big Ten’s best point guard and one of the country’s most reliable playmakers.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Tulsa rallies to hand No. 16 SMU 1st home loss 82-77

Tulsa guard James Woodard (10) shoots a free throw during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against SMU Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Dallas.  Tulsa won 82-77. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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DALLAS (AP) Shaquille Harrison had 21 points, Pat Birt hit a crucial 3-pointer and scored 12 of his 17 points after halftime and Tulsa rallied from eight points down in the second half to beat No. 16 SMU 82-77 on Wednesday night.

Nic Moore scored 27 to lead the Mustangs (20-3, 9-3 American Athletic). They lost for the first time in 13 home games and dropped to 2-3 since their 18-0 start to a season that won’t include postseason play because of NCAA sanctions.

Moore twice hit 3-pointers to pull SMU within a point in the final minute, but Birt answered the first with a 3 and James Woodard followed the second with two of his six free throws in the final 1:04.

The Golden Hurricane (16-8, 8-4) ended a four-game losing streak against SMU with their eighth win in 10 games since an 0-2 conference start.

Texas Tech outlasts No. 14 Iowa State in overtime

Texas Tech guard Devon Thomas pulls in a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa State, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Mark Rogers)
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Texas Tech continued a string of upsets on Wednesday night as the Red Raiders held on for an 85-82 overtime win over No. 14 Iowa State in Big 12 play.

Struggling recently to put away ranked Big 12 teams at home, Texas Tech had a huge 3-pointer from guard Keenan Evans from near mid-court as the shot clock expired. The momentum-boosting play fueled a 12-3 Red Raider run late in the game and ultimately helped them close out a big win.

Evans (17 points) was one of five Texas Tech players to finish in double-figures as Aaron Ross led with 20 points and Devaughntah Williams tallied 19 points. The Red Raiders didn’t do a particularly effective job at slowing down an Iowa State offense that shot 54 percent from the field, but they did a good job of limiting 3-pointers as the Cyclones were 6-for-19 (31 percent) from distance.

Playing without starting senior center Jameel McKay — who continues his indefinite suspension — Iowa State wasn’t nearly as strong defending the rim and the Red Raiders were able to match points with the Cyclones. Deonte Burton finished with 20 points to lead Iowa State while Abdel Nader finished with 19. Nader made a bone-headed play late in regulation when he intentionally fouled Justin Gray (15 points) with 1:25 left, which resulted in the senior fouling out before overtime.

At the end of regulation with the game tied, point guard Monte Morris missed a contested perimeter jumper to put the game into extra time. Iowa State has now lost three of their last four games as they’ve fallen two games behind the Big 12’s top teams. The Cyclones are going to need to quickly close ground by going on a winning streak if they hope to stay with Oklahoma, Kansas and West Virginia.

After close home losses to West Virginia and Baylor, it was a nice win for Texas Tech to finally close out a ranked Big 12 opponent at home. Despite Evans hitting that lucky heave in overtime, they put themselves in position to win and capitalized when they had the chance. This is the second consecutive season that Texas Tech has beaten Iowa State at home and it’s clearly been a tough matchup for the Cyclones.