Northern Iowa routs Wichita St.
Wichita State's Missouri Valley Conference winning streak is history. So is the Shockers' stranglehold on first place.
Seth Tuttle had 29 points and No. 18 Northern Iowa trounced No. 12 Wichita State 70-54 Saturday in Cedar Falls, Iowa, ending the Shockers' 27-game regular-season winning streak in conference play.
The Panthers (20-2, 9-1 MVC) pulled into a tie with the Shockers for first place after a surprisingly dominant performance. Northern Iowa seized control with a 21-3 run late in the first half.
Wichita State (19-3, 9-1) shot 5-for-24 from three-point range. "The best team won," Shockers coach Gregg Marshall said.
• PITT EDGES IRISH: James Robinson sliced through for a go-ahead basket with 12 seconds left and host Pittsburgh beat No. 8 Notre Dame 76-72, improving to 14-3 vs. top-10 teams at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt (14-8, 4-5 ACC) beat the Irish (20-3, 8-2) three days after their upset of No. 4 Duke.
• PEARL'S RETURN: Host Tennessee beat Auburn 71-63 in Auburn coach Bruce Peral's first matchup with the team he coached to six consecutive NCAA tournaments before being fired in 2011 during an NCAA investigation. "Here's the deal, I don't want any other team in the SEC to do well other than Auburn — and Tennessee," Pearl said.
• VCU HURTING: Kendall Anthony scored 22 points as Richmond (12-9, 5-3 Atlantic 10) made an emphatic rally to upset crosstown rival VCU 64-55. But more concerning for the No. 14 Rams (17-4, 7-1) was point guard Briante Weber, who injured his right knee late.
• BAYLOR BLOWOUT: Kenny Chery scored 23 points and host and 20th-ranked Baylor beat No. 19 Texas 83-60. The Bears (16-5, 4-4 Big 12) went 12-for-22 on three-pointers, the Longhorns (14-7, 3-5) 5-for-26.
• NO. 1 ROLLS ON: Host and No. 1 Kentucky (21-0, 8-0 SEC) shot a season-best 59 percent and beat Alabama (13-8, 3-5) 70-55.
• MORE OF THE SAME: Host and No. 9 Kansas (18-3, 7-1 Big 12) defeated Kansas State (12-10, 5-4) for the 49th time in 53 games, winning 68-57.
• BREATHE EASY: After a series of white-knuckle finishes in Big 12 play, No. 15 Iowa State (16-4, 6-2) defeated visiting TCU (14-7, 1-7) 83-66 behind Georges Niang's 23 points.
• BUTLER RALLIES: Andrew Chrabascz scored 30 points and No. 25 Butler (16-6, 6-3 Big East) overcame a 10-point deficit in the final 4:21 of regulation to beat host Marquette (10-11, 2-7) 72-68 in overtime.