Michigan State takes over as nation's No. 1
For the fourth time in a college basketball regular season, the Michigan State men's basketball team is No. 1 in the rankings. The Spartans moved up from No. 3 to No. 1 Monday in the Associated Press poll, getting 62 of 65 first-place votes. The last MSU team to top the rankings was Tom Izzo's 2013-14 team, in December 2013. Izzo's 2000-01 team also spent some time at No. 1, as did the 1978-79 MSU team that won the national title under Jud Heathcote. MSU also is No. 1 in the USA Today coaches poll. Kansas (6-1) moved from No. 4 to No. 2 and received a first-place vote even though it lost to Michigan State by six points last month in Chicago. Kentucky, the previous No. 1 team, lost last week to UCLA.
• NO. 11 PURDUE 80, IUPUI 53: The host Boilermakers improved to 9-0 for the first time since the 2009-10 team began the season 14-0. Big Ten Player of the Week A.J. Hammons scored 14 points, Kendall Stephens added 13, and Caleb Swanigan had 11 points and 14 rebounds.
• IOWA 90, WESTERN ILLINOIS 56: Jarrod Uthoff scored a career-high 27 points and the host Hawkeyes (7-2) won their fourth in a row. Uthoff grabbed nine rebounds and was 10-for-16 from the floor.
• NO. 7 OKLAHOMA 78, NO. 9 VILLANOVA 55: Isaiah Cousins scored 19 points as the Sooners (6-0) cruised to a victory over the Wildcats (7-1) in the Pearl Harbor Invitational in Honolulu. Oklahoma went 14-for-26 from three-point range. Villanova went 4-for-32 on three-point attempts. Both teams wore special jerseys, which was held at the 4,000-seat Bloch Arena on the 74th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. In lieu of last names, each player had one of the following words embroidered on the back of his jersey: Respect, Integrity, Courage, Service or Honor. In the second game, No. 24 Oregon beat Navy 67-47. It was the first-ever meeting between the schools.
• NO. 4 IOWA STATE 84, BUFFALO 63: Georges Niang (5-for-7 on three-pointers) had 31 points and 12 rebounds for the host Cyclones (7-0).
• MSU MOORHEAD 77, MAYVILLE STATE 56: The host Dragons (10-1) stretched their winning streak to 10 in a row with a nonconference win.
• CLIMBING CATS: Northwestern, one of 17 unbeaten women's teams left in Division I, climbed to No. 12 in the AP poll, its best ranking since 1992, when it was 11th for two weeks. It's the second straight year that Northwestern has won its first eight games. Last season it won 10 straight before a loss to Arizona State.