No. 9 Michigan beats No. 17 Maryland, stays in Big Ten hunt

              Michigan forward Ignas Brazdeikis, right, of Canada, protects the ball as he is pressured by Maryland forward Jalen Smith, left, and guard Darryl Morsell in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, March 3, 2019, in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Ignas Brazdeikis scored 21 points, Jon Teske had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 9 Michigan beat 17th-ranked Maryland 69-62 Sunday to remain in the hunt for the Big Ten title.

The Wolverines (26-4, 15-4) clinched a double-bye in the conference tournament and still have chance to overtake first-place Purdue. Michigan, the defending Big Ten champions, must win its finale at Michigan State and hope the Boilermakers lose at least one of their last two.

Michigan trailed 43-41 before Isaiah Livers hit a 3-pointer, Zavier Simpson popped a jumper and Jordan Poole made a layup during a five-minute span in which the Terrapins struggled offensively.

A 3-pointer by Brazdeikis made it 51-45, and Simpson added a desperation running hook in the final seconds of the shot clock for an eight-point lead with 4:38 left.

Bruno Fernando had 12 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high six blocked shots for Maryland (21-9, 12-7), which fell to 7-1 at home in Big Ten play.


MILWAUKEE (AP) — Martin Krampelj scored 19 points and Ty-Shon Alexander added 14 to pace Creighton past Marquette.

Creighton (16-13, 7-9 Big East) outscored Marquette 16-3 down the stretch until a 3-pointer in the closing seconds by Markus Howard, who finished with 33 points.

The Golden Eagles (23-6, 12-4) committed 22 turnovers, which Creighton turned into 18 points.

Howard’s 3-pointer from the left side put Marquette up 54-50, but the Golden Eagles turned it over on their next four possessions. Alexander turned a steal into a short jumper to put Creighton up 56-54 with 3:20 left.

It was only the second home loss for Marquette in 18 games at the new Fiserv Forum.


STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Jaylen Nowell scored 13 points but missed the front end of a 1-and-1 during a nervous finish for Washington, which still held off Stanford for a weekend split in the Bay Area.

Stanford star KZ Okpala missed an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Huskies secured the loose ball.

Noah Dickerson added 12 points for the Huskies (23-6, 14-2 Pac-12), who lost 76-73 at California on Thursday night as the Golden Bears earned their first conference win.

Josh Sharma scored 16 for Stanford (15-14, 8-9) on a day when leading scorer Okpala was limited to six points with more than two dozen scouts in attendance.