Buckeyes Hold Off Illinois, Earn 20th Win
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Keita Bates-Diop scored a career-high 35 points and had 13 rebounds for No. 17 Ohio State.
The Buckeyes (20-5, 11-1 Big Ten) played without suspended guard Kam Williams. Jae’Sean Tate added 11 points.
Mark Alstork paced Illinois (12-12, 2-9) with 19 points.
NO. 1 VILLANOVA 92 SETON HALL 76
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Omari Spellman had 26 points and 11 rebounds, helping No. 1 Villanova kick off a rousing day in Philadelphia sports with a 92-76 win over Seton Hall on Sunday.
The Wildcats (22-1, 9-1 Big East) won their ninth straight game in front of a crowd dotted with green jerseys and chanting for the Eagles just hours before the Super Bowl.
Mikal Bridges, who scored 17 points, hit a 3 with 2:22 left for a 21-point lead that seemed to serve as the cue for fans to turn their full attention toward the Super Bowl, chanting “We Want Brady!”
For about 25 minutes, the Pirates (17-6, 6-4) gave the Wildcats a serious scare.
NO. 25 ARIZONA STATE 88
WASHINGTON STATE 78
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Shannon Evans II scored 23 points and Romello White added 21 for No. 25 Arizona State.
Tra Holder had 20 for the Sun Devils (17-6, 5-6 Pac-12).
Malachi Flynn scored 22 for Washington State (9-13, 1-9), which has lost five in a row.