Top 25 Capsules

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Rodney McGruder scored 24 points and Kansas State upset No. 3 Missouri 78-68 Tuesday night, the Wildcats' second win this season over the Tigers.

Kansas State (19-8, 8-7 Big 12) led 40-30 at halftime and by 16 points in the second half before a late run by Missouri (25-3, 12-3) got the Tigers within 63-60.

Missouri trailed by 4 after two free throws by Michael Dixon with 2:21 left, but Jordan Henriquez answered with an alley-oop dunk. The Wildcats extended the lead on two free throws by Henriquez and built a cushion from the foul line in the final minute.

Thomas Gipson added 13 points for Kansas State.

Dixon scored 21 and Marcus Denmon added 19 for Missouri, which fell short of the best start in school history.

No. 7 NORTH CAROLINA 86, N.C. STATE 74

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Kendall Marshall had a career-high 22 points and 13 assists.

Harrison Barnes added 20 points for the Tar Heels (24-4, 11-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who extended their domination of their nearby rivals. North Carolina has won 12 straight meetings and hasn't lost to the Wolfpack (18-10, 7-6) in five years.

The Tar Heels shot 51 percent, including 10 for 19 from 3-point range. And Marshall was a big reason for that success, whether he was knocking down outside shots against sagging defenders or finding teammates for baskets.

C.J. Leslie had a career-high 24 points to go with 12 rebounds for N.C. State, while Lorenzo Brown had 18 points. But the Wolfpack just couldn't keep up with the Tar Heels.

No. 8 OHIO STATE 83, ILLINOIS 67.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Deshaun Thomas scored 19 points and No. 8 Ohio State regained its shooting touch, shooting 65 percent from the field.

William Buford, much maligned for his recent poor shooting, had 17 points, and Aaron Craft added 11 to go with five assists. Jared Sullinger, third in the conference at 17.5 points a game, managed just nine before fouling out.

The Buckeyes (23-5, 11-4) stayed on the heels of Big Ten leader Michigan State with three games remaining. The Spartans are 11-3 in league play heading into a game at Minnesota on Wednesday night. Ohio State will visit Michigan State in the regular-season finale on March 4.

Meyers Leonard had 21 for Illinois (16-12, 5-10), which has lost six in a row and nine of 10.

SETON HALL 73, No. 9 GEORGETOWN 55

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Jordan Theodore scored a career-high 29 points to lead Seton Hall to the signature win it needed for its NCAA tournament resume.

The Pirates (19-9, 8-8 Big East) put on quite a shooting performance against one of the conference's best defensive teams. They shot 61.0 percent (25 for 41), the best against the Hoyas this season and only the third time any team shot 50 percent or better. Georgetown (20-6, 10-5) came in allowing 38.4 percent shooting this season.

Theodore made all five of his 3-poimnt attempts to lead Seton Hall, which finished 8 of 13 (61.5 percent), and that came against a team that was allowing 27.6 percent from beyond the arc this season. The previous best effort from 3-point range against Georgetown was 44.4 percent by Marquette, the only time any team shot better than 40 percent.

No. 11 MICHIGAN 67, NORTHWESTERN 55 OT

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Trey Burke, Zack Novak and Stu Douglass hit 3-pointers to start overtime Tuesday night and No. 11 Michigan won its fourth straight.

Burke scored 19 to lead the Wolverines (21-7, 11-4 Big Ten), who made 14 3-pointers and kept their Big Ten title hopes alive with a well-earned road victory.

Northwestern (16-11, 6-9), whose chances of getting to the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history were dealt another blow, got 14 points from John Shurna, six below his Big Ten-leading average.

Shurna became the school's career scoring leader on Saturday, but managed only four points after halftime Tuesday night.

No. 12 FLORIDA 63, AUBURN 47

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Kenny Boynton scored 20 points and No. 12 Florida used a hot-shooting night and a huge run in the second-half to overcome 18 turnovers and beat Auburn 63-47 Tuesday night.

But the victory may have been costly for the Gators (22-6, 10-3 Southeastern Conference).

Yeguete, one of the team's best rebounders and the heart and soul of coach Billy Donovan's full-court press, broke his left foot midway through the second half against Auburn (14-13, 4-9).

X-rays confirmed the severity of the injury after the game.