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Late Night Snacks: Michigan, Florida win on road; Wichita State now 26-0

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GAME OF THE DAY: No. 15 Michigan 70, No. 22 Ohio State 60

Ohio State was riding a three-game winning streak. Michigan had lost its last two road games.

The Buckeyes got off to a hot start, but Michigan was able to get back into the game by halftime due to an Ohio State shooting slump. In the second half, freshman point guard Derrick Walton took control. He scored 13 points (all in the second half), had 10 rebounds and dished out six assists. His development will be big for the Wolverines moving forward.

Nik Stauskas had 15 and LaQuinton Ross led all scorers with 24.

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Wyoming 68, No. 5 San Diego State 62: Riley Grabau scored 17 points and Larry Nance Jr. chipped in with 14 as the Cowboys knocked off SDSU in Laramie. 

No. 3 Florida 67, Tennessee 58The Gators improved that win streak to 16 games, wearing down the Volunteers with their defense, which forced 15 turnovers and limited Tennessee to 36 percent shooting.

No. 19 Texas 87, Oklahoma State 68This was not a pretty one from the start, as Texas raced out to a big lead and never looked back. The Cowboys looked lost without Marcus Smart. Bad news is they have to do it two more times.

No. 4 Wichita State 78, Southern Illinois 67: This was far from the Shockers best performance but they found a way to win in the second half. Wichita State moves to 26-0.

STARRED

Javan Felix, Texas: The Texas lead guard went for 27 points, including six 3-pointers. He scored eight straight points for the Longhorns to open up a 22-point lead in the second half.

Derrick Walton, Michigan: He made big play after big play on Tuesday night on his rival’s home floor. And he did it against a stellar defensive back court in Aaron Craft and Shannon Scott.

T.J. Warren, N.C. State: In a win over Clemson, the sophomore forward scored 34 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

STRUGGLED

Fred Van Vleet, Wichita State: One of the nation’s top floor generals struggled with foul troubles, only scoring three points, dishing out three assists and committed two turnovers.

Markel Brown, Oklahoma State: With Smart out of the lineup, Brown shot 4-of-14 and 1-of-6 from deep in Oklahoma State’s fifth straight loss.

Ole Miss: The Rebels were looking pretty good, sitting at 7-3 in the SEC, but Trevor Releford had different plans with a last-second 3-pointer in Alabama’s win. Ole Miss is still third in the conference standings, but has Kentucky and Florida, at home, in its next three games.

NOTABLE

No. 13 Iowa State suspends Jameel McKay indefinitely

Iowa State forward Georges Niang, forward Jameel McKay, forward Abdel Nader and guard Deonte Burton celebrate after center Stuart Nezlek scored late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Coppin State, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 104-84 (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
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Already lacking depth, No. 13 Iowa State will be short a key contributor Saturday when they take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

Friday night it was announced that senior forward Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Prohm and did not make the trip with the team. McKay, who’s been dealing with knee issues recently, is averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game on the season.

Over the last six games he’s averaging 7.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, shooting 60.6 percent from the field.

McKay has been asked to man the middle for a team lacking in both size and depth, with Georges Niang shifting over to the five when McKay needs a break for either rest or foul trouble reasons. Without McKay even more responsibility falls upon the shoulders of Niang, Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton in the front court.

The Cyclones are looking to end a two-game losing streak, and even with Oklahoma State’s struggles accomplishing that gets tougher with McKay out of the lineup.

News of McKay’s suspension was first reported by the Ames Tribune.

UNLV dismisses guard Daquan Cook from team

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LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.

Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.

Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.

Cook appeared in two games this season after being reinstated, scoring three points in four minutes. He missed the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL and played 28 games as a sophomore.