Wednesday’s slate and what to watch


About 10 games remain in most teams’ Conference USA schedule, but the regular-season champion could come down to tonight’s Memphis-Southern Mississippi game.

How’s that for something different?

The Golden Eagles (19-3, 6-1 in C-USA) rarely have a season like this. They’ve been to two NCAA tournaments, won the NIT once (back in ‘87) and haven’t been a player in C-USA since it joined. Last year began promising, but they dropped four of their last seven regular-season games.

But Southern Miss has found its niche thanks to an offense that takes care of the ball, shoots the 3 well and hits the offensive glass. The defense can be soft, but it’s been good enough. It’ll have its hands full tonight, though.

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Memphis at Southern Miss, 8 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
The Tigers (15-6, 6-1) won the earlier meeting between the two and feature the league’s best player in sophomore Will Barton (18.8 ppg, 8.7 rpg). The 6-6 wing dumped 29 points on Marshall last weekend as Memphis won for the ninth time in the last 10 games. If there’s a bright side for the Eagles, it’s that the Tigers’ depth took a hit when freshmen forward Adonis Thomas went down with a knee injury two weeks ago. Maybe that’ll be the opening that helps Southern Miss snap its 18-game losing streak to Memphis.

Indiana at Michigan, 6:30 p.m. (BTN)
Two teams with vastly different styles – the Hoosiers (17-5) love to run, get it inside to Cody Zeller and hustle for points anywhere it can; the Wolverines (16-6) play slower, shoot a lot of 3s and rely on guards Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway – vie in what could be the best game of the night. Winner gets to stay in the Big Ten race.

Connecticut at Georgetown, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
UConn (14-6) got freshman Ryan Boatright back for Sunday’s game against Notre Dame, but it didn’t help. So the Huskies will tweak the starting lineup, plugging Boatright and forward Roscoe Smith in place of Shabazz Napier and Alex Oriakhi. Will it be enough to steal one from the Hoyas (16-4), one of the season’s most consistent teams?

Wichita State at Missouri State, 8 p.m. (COX-Kansas)
Tough game for the Shockers (18-4, 9-2 in Missouri Valley) who are one game behind Creighton in the MVC standings. (Then again, every road game in the Valley is tough.) The Bears (13-10) are the only MVC team who’s beaten Creighton and feature all-league everything Kyle Weems.

Baylor at Texas A&M, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
The Bears (19-2) have won at tougher places (BYU, Northwestern) and beaten better teams (SDSU, West Virginia, St. Mary’s) this season, but there’s a certain amount of pause related to this game. The Aggies (12-8) have been one of the season’s biggest disappointments, but have played better the last three games. Beware, Bears.

Colorado State at UNLV, 10:30 p.m. (the mtn)
If you thought the Rams (14-6) would give SDSU its first conference loss, take a bow. And stop lying. Now, if you think they’ll win at UNLV (20-3), you’re nuts. But I have to admit … I’m intrigued.

UMBC at Albany (NY), 7 p.m.
Vermont at Boston U., 7 p.m.
Ball St. at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
George Mason at Delaware, 7 p.m.
Xavier at George Washington, 7 p.m.
UConn at Georgetown, 7 p.m.
Towson at Hofstra, 7 p.m.
Charlotte at La Salle, 7 p.m.
Colgate at NJIT, 7 p.m.
Hartford at New Hampshire, 7 p.m.
Drexel at Northeastern, 7 p.m.
Rutgers at Providence, 7 p.m.
UMass at Rhode Island, 7 p.m.
Binghamton at Stony Brook, 7 p.m.
Fordham at Temple, 7 p.m.
NC State at Boston College, 8 p.m.

SMU at East Carolina, 7 p.m.
Georgia Tech at Florida St., 7 p.m.
Davidson at Furman, 7 p.m.
Tulane at Marshall, 7 p.m.
Saint Joseph’s at Richmond, 7 p.m.
Georgia St. at UNC Wilmington, 7 p.m.
VCU at William & Mary, 7 p.m.
Texas A&M-CC at Nicholls St., 7:30 p.m.
Georgia at Auburn, 8 p.m.
Maryland at Miami, 8 p.m.
Lamar at SE Louisiana, 8 p.m.
Memphis at Southern Miss., 8 p.m.
Houston at UAB, 9 p.m.

Indiana at Michigan, 6:30 p.m.
Toledo at Akron, 7 p.m.
Duquesne at Dayton, 7 p.m.
Oakland at IUPUI, 7 p.m.
E. Michigan at Miami (Ohio), 7 p.m.
Bowling Green at W. Michigan, 7 p.m.
Evansville at Bradley, 8 p.m.
Drake at Indiana St., 8 p.m.
Ohio at N. Illinois, 8 p.m.
St. Bonaventure at Saint Louis, 8 p.m.
Illinois St. at Creighton, 8:05 p.m.
Wichita St. at Missouri St., 8:05 p.m.
St. John’s at DePaul, 8:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Iowa, 8:30 p.m.
Oklahoma at Kansas, 9 p.m.

Northwestern St. at Cent. Arkansas, 8 p.m.
UTEP at Rice, 8 p.m.
McNeese St. at Sam Houston St., 8 p.m.
Texas St. at Stephen F. Austin, 8 p.m.
Wyoming at TCU, 8 p.m.
UTSA at Texas-Arlington, 8 p.m.
Baylor at Texas A&M, 9 p.m.

CS Bakersfield at New Mexico St., 8:30 p.m.
Boise St. at San Diego St., 10 p.m.
Colorado St. at UNLV, 10:30 p.m.

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Zach Edey has 19 points, No. 1 Purdue beats Michigan 75-70

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Zach Edey had 15 of his 19 points in the first half and Fletcher Loyer finished with 17 points to help No. 1 Purdue hold off Michigan 75-70 on Thursday night.

The Boilermakers (20-1, 9-1 Big Ten) had a 15-0 run to go ahead 41-28 lead in the first half after there were 10 lead changes and four ties, but they couldn’t pull away.

The Wolverines (11-9, 5-4) were without standout freshman Jett Howard, who missed the game with an ankle injury, and still hung around until the final seconds.

Joey Baker made a 3-pointer – off the glass – with 5.9 seconds left to pull Michigan within three points, but Purdue’s Brandon Newman sealed the victory with two free throws.

Purdue coach Matt Painter said Michigan slowed down Edey in the second half by pushing him away from the basket.

“They got him out a little more, and got him bottled up,” Painter said.

The 7-foot-4 Edey, though, was too tough to stop early in the game.

“He’s one of the best in the country for a reason,” Michigan coach Juwan Howard said. “He’s very effective, especially if he’s 8 feet and in.”

With size and skills such as a hook shot, the junior center from Toronto scored Purdue’s first seven points and finished the first half 7 of 12 from the field and 1 of 2 at the line.

“He did a great job in the first half, going to his right shoulder and using his left hand,” Painter said. “He made four baskets with his left hand which is huge.”

Freshman Braden Smith had 10 points for the Boilermakers.

Purdue’s defense ultimately denied Michigan’s comeback hopes, holding a 22nd straight opponent to 70 or fewer points.

Hunter Dickinson scored 21, Kobe Bufkin had 16 points and Baker added 11 points for the Wolverines, who have lost four of their last six games.

Dickinson, a 7-1 center, matched up with Edey defensively and pulled him out of the lane offensively by making 3 of 7 3-pointers.

“Half his shots were from the 3, and that’s a little different,” Painter said. “His meat and potatoes are on that block. He’s the real deal.”


The Boilermakers got the top spot in the AP Top 25 this week after winning six games, a stretch that followed a loss to Rutgers on Jan. 3 that dropped them from No. 1 in the poll. Purdue improved to 7-2 as the top-ranked team.


Purdue: Edey can’t beat teams by himself and he’s surrounded by a lot of role players and a potential standout in Loyer. The 6-4 guard was the Big Ten player of the week earlier this month, become the first Boilermaker freshman to win the award since Robbie Hummel in 2008.

“Fletcher is somebody who has played better in the second half, and on the road,” Painter said.

Michigan: Jett Howard’s health is a critical factor for the Wolverines, who will have some work to do over the second half of the Big Ten season to avoid missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015. Howard averages 14.6 points and is the most dynamic player on his father’s team.


The Boilermakers were away from home for 12 of 23 days, winning all five of their road games. They won at Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan for the first time since the 1997-98 season and beat the Spartans and Wolverines on their home court in the same season for the first time in 12 years.


Purdue: Hosts Michigan State on Sunday, nearly two weeks after the Boilermakers beat the Spartans by a point on Edey’s shot with 2.2 seconds left.

Michigan: Plays at Penn State on Sunday.

Miller scores 23, No. 10 Maryland tops No. 13 Michigan 72-64

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Diamond Miller scored 23 points, and No. 10 Maryland closed the first quarter with a 13-2 run and led the rest of the way in a 72-64 victory over No. 13 Michigan on Thursday night.

Abby Meyers contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (17-4, 8-2), who won for the 10th time in 11 games. Lavender Briggs scored 14 points and Shyanne Sellers added 13.

Maryland gained a measure of revenge after losing twice to Michigan last season – including a 20-point rout in College Park.

Leigha Brown led the Wolverines with 16 points.

Michigan (16-5, 6-4) led 13-9 in the first quarter before a three-point play by Miller started Maryland’s big run. Briggs and Faith Masonius made 3-pointers during that stretch.

The Terps pushed the lead to 16 in the third quarter before the Wolverines were able to chip away. Miller sat for a bit with four fouls, and Michigan cut the lead to seven in the fourth quarter, but the Wolverines still wasted too many possessions with turnovers to mount much of a comeback.

Michigan ended up with 24 turnovers, and Maryland had a 25-5 advantage in points off turnovers.

Miller fouled out with 2:19 remaining, but even after those two free throws, the Terps led 65-57 and had little trouble holding on.

Michigan lost for the second time in four days against a top-10 opponent. No. 6 Indiana beat the Wolverines 92-83 on Monday.


Michigan: Whether it was against Maryland’s press or in their half-court offense, the Wolverines turned the ball over too much to score consistently. This was a lower-scoring game than the loss to Indiana, but the margin ended up being similar.

Maryland: While Miller clearly led the way, the Terps had plenty of offensive contributors. They also held Michigan to 13 points below its season average entering the game.


The Wolverines have appeared in 48 straight AP polls, and although a two-loss week could certainly drop them, the quality of their opponents could save them from a substantial plunge.

Maryland is tied for 10th with an Iowa team that beat No. 2 Ohio State on Monday night. Now the Terps can boast an impressive victory of their own.


Michigan: The Wolverines play their third game of the week when they visit Minnesota on Sunday.

Maryland: The Terps host Penn State on Monday night.


Boum, Jones lead No. 13 Xavier over No. 19 UConn, 82-79

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STORRS, Conn. – Souley Boum scored 21 points, Colby Jones added 20 and No. 13 Xavier went on the road and held off No. 19 Connecticut 82-79 Wednesday night.

The win was the 13th in 14 games for the Musketeers (17-4, 9-1 Big East) and it gave them a season sweep over the struggling Huskies (16-6, 5-6).

Jack Nunge had 12 points and Jerome Hunter added 11 for Xavier, which led by 17 in the first half and 39-24 at halftime.

Jordan Hawkins scored 26 of his 28 points in the second half for UConn, leading a comeback that fell just short.

Tristen Newton added 23 points for the Huskies, who won their first 14 games this season but have dropped six of eight since.

The Musketeers never trailed but had to withstand UConn runs that cut the lead to a single point four times in the second half.

A three-point play from Hawkins made it 78-77 with 2:40 left. But a second-chance layup from Nunge put the lead at 80-77 just over a minute later.

Newton was fouled with two seconds left by Desmond Claude, but his apparent attempt to miss his second free throw went into the basket.

Boum then hit two free throws at the other end, and Newton’s final attempt from just beyond halfcourt was well short.

Xavier jumped out to a 9-0 lead as UConn missed its first nine shots.

A 3-pointer from Zach Freemantle gave the Musketeers their first double-digit lead at 20-9, and another from Jones pushed it to 35-18.


Xavier: The Musketeers lead the Big East, and the win over UConn was their ninth conference victory this season, eclipsing their total from last season.

UConn: The Huskies came in with a 17-game winning streak at Gampel Pavilion dating to February 2021. They fell to 1-4 against the four teams in front of them in the Big East standings. The lone win came at Gampel against Creighton.


Xavier: The Musketeers continue their road trip with a visit to Creighton on Saturday.

UConn: Doesn’t play again until next Tuesday, when the Huskies visit DePaul.

No. 12 Iowa State holds on to beat No. 5 Kansas State 80-76

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AMES, Iowa – Jaren Holmes matched his season high with 23 points as No. 12 Iowa State held on to beat No. 5 Kansas State 80-76 on Tuesday night.

The Cyclones (15-4, 6-2 Big 12) moved into a three-way tie atop the conference standings with the Wildcats and Texas.

Gabe Kalscheur added 19 points for Iowa State. Osun Osunniyi finished with 16.

Markquis Nowell led Kansas State (17-3, 6-2) with 23 points.

A 3-pointer from Holmes gave Iowa State a 59-49 advantage with 8:12 remaining. Kansas State responded with a 10-1 run to trim the margin to 60-59.

Caleb Grill’s 3-pointer steadied the Cyclones and pushed the lead back to 63-59 with five minutes left.

Free throws by Osunniyi, Grill and Holmes sealed the victory in the final 24 seconds.

The first half featured eight lead changes and ended with Kansas State up 33-31.

A 3-pointer by Kalscheur ignited an early 9-0 run for the Cyclones and helped them build a 19-14 lead. Iowa State made just one of nine 3-point tries in the first 20 minutes.


Kansas State was trying to extend its best start to a season since 1961-62.

Iowa State improved to 11-0 at home. The Cyclones have not lost back-to-back games this season.


Kansas State hosts Florida on Saturday as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

Iowa State travels to Missouri on Saturday.

Georgetown snaps 29-game conference losing streak

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WASHINGTON – Primo Spears scored 21 points and Georgetown snapped a 29-game conference losing streak with an 81-76 victory over DePaul on Tuesday night.

Georgetown (6-15, 1-9) won its first Big East game since March 13, 2021, ending the longest skid in the history of the conference. The Hoyas also ended a 10-game losing streak this season.

Spears also contributed six assists for the Hoyas. Akok Akok scored 12 points and added six rebounds and four blocks and Brandon Murray recorded 12 points.

Umoja Gibson led the Blue Demons (9-12, 3-7) in scoring, finishing with 24 points, four assists and three steals. Javan Johnson added 13 points.

Spears scored nine points in the first half and Georgetown went into the break trailing 37-36. Georgetown used a 10-0 run in the second half to build a 12-point lead at 75-63 with 1:39 remaining.