ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Trey Burke had 18 points and eight assists, and No. 1 Michigan was nearly flawless at the start Wednesday night en route to a 68-46 victory over Northwestern.
The Wolverines made 10 of their first 11 shots and went the entire first half without a turnover. They didn’t commit a foul, either, until the final minute of the half.
Michigan (20-1, 7-1 Big Ten) took over the top spot in the AP poll this week for the first time since the 1992-93 season. The Wolverines can now prepare for Saturday night’s showdown at No. 3 Indiana.
The Wolverines finished with only two turnovers. The two turnovers in a game equaled a national low for any team this season, according to STATS.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Cody Zeller scored 13 of his 19 points in the first half, Christian Watford added 17 points and Indiana handed Purdue its worst loss at Mackey Arena.
The Hoosiers (19-2, 7-1 Big Ten) have won four straight overall and five consecutive road games in league play dating to last season. They remained tied for the Big Ten lead with No. 1 Michigan.
Purdue (11-10, 4-4) was led by freshman center A.J. Hammons, who had a 30 points.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Mason Plumlee scored a career-high 32 points and Seth Curry added 21 to help Duke hold off Wake Forest.
Curry hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer in the final minutes for the Blue Devils (18-2, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot nearly 52 percent.
Freshman Devin Thomas had 15 points for the Demon Deacons (10-10, 3-5).
BATON ROUGE, La. — Anthony Hickey scored 20 points and Andre Stringer added 18 to lead LSU over Missouri.
Hickey had 14 points in the second half and Stringer converted a key four-point play late in the game for the Tigers (11-7, 2-5 Southeastern Conference).
Phil Pressey scored 25 for Missouri (15-5, 4-3) and Jabari Brown added 19.
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Thomas Gipson had 17 points off the bench, Angel Rodriguez added 11 points and eight assists, and Kansas State routed Texas to snap a two-game skid.
Omari Lawrence also scored 12 in a reserve role for the Wildcats (16-4, 5-2 Big 12). Sheldon McClellan had 15 points for the Longhorns (9-11, 1-6), who committed 18 turnovers.
OMAHA, Neb. — Doug McDermott scored 29 points and made five of Creighton’s 15 3-pointers in the Bluejays’ (19-3, 8-2) victory over Missouri State. McDermott had a big night beyond scoring adding 10 rebounds and four assists.
CINCINNATI — Sean Kilpatrick scored 19 points and Cincinnati (17-4, 5-3 Big East) intensified its defense in the second half, overcoming a 10-point deficit to beat Rutgers for a sweep of their season series.
Myles Mack scored 15 points to lead the Scarlet Knights (12-8, 3-6), who have lost four in a row with an offense that can’t find any consistency.