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Andy Wittry | NCAA.com | February 14, 2021

Michigan wins in its return to action, plus other reactions from Sunday's men's basketball slate

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On Sunday, one Big Ten team ended a three-week drought of not playing, while another team in the conference ended a winless-in-conference-play drought that had lasted for more than a year. Elsewhere in the country, a second team joined Gonzaga as a 20-game winner this season, and that team reached the 20-win mark by taking down a top-25 opponent in overtime.

Here's everything you need to know from Sunday's men's basketball action.

Michigan maintains one-loss record after long layoff

Prior to Sunday, No. 3 Michigan last played on Jan. 22, when it won at Purdue. The Wolverines had been on pause for roughly three weeks and in their first game back, they won at Wisconsin 67-59 on Sunday to improve to 14-1 (9-1 Big Ten). They're in first place in the Big Ten, with a 1.5-game lead over Illinois, which is 10-3 in conference play.

Michigan outscored Wisconsin 21-8 over the final 10 minutes of the game to complete a come-from-behind victory after Wisconsin went on a 12-1 run late in the first half to pull ahead by 14 points. Isaiah Livers led all scorers with 20 points, including four 3-pointers, while freshman center Hunter Dickinson had a double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds.

Michigan is just behind undefeated Gonzaga and Baylor in the AP Top 25 poll, and the Wolverines were one of the four No. 1 seeds in the top-16 reveal on Saturday.

The Wolverines have five remaining regular season games that are currently scheduled:

  • Feb. 18: Rutgers
  • Feb. 21: at Ohio State
  • Feb. 27: at Indiana
  • March 4: Iowa
  • March 7: at Michigan State

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A high-profile split in the Missouri Valley

One day after Loyola Chicago beat Drake 81-54 at Drake, the Bulldogs bounced back to down the Ramblers 51-50 in overtime on Sunday. Loyola Chicago is in first place in the conference with a 13-2 record in conference play but Drake is tied with Loyola Chicago in the loss column, as the Bulldogs are 11-2. The two teams have combined to win 40 games this season, through Sunday. Drake played both games against Loyola Chicago without senior Shanquan Hemphill, who's the team's leading scorer (14.1 points per game) and second-leading rebounder (6.3 rebounds per game), but fellow senior Tremell Murphy stepped up to score a game-high 17 points on nine shots on Sunday.

Both are playing with the NCAA tournament in mind and the two sides could have a rubber match in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.

Even after Loyola Chicago's loss Sunday, which ended an 11-game winning streak, the Ramblers have the No. 1 adjusted defensive efficiency in the country, according to kenpom.com. Drake ranks No. 22 defensively.

Nebraska gets back in the win column in the Big Ten

Before Sunday, Nebraska's last Big Ten win came on Jan. 7, 2020, when the Huskers defeated Iowa 76-70 at home. Nebraska then lost its next 25 Big Ten regular season games, plus its opening game in the  Big Ten tournament last season against Indiana. On Sunday, the Huskers ended their drought against conference competition by defeating Penn State 62-61 on the road.

Nebraska had come close to its first Big Ten win of the season last Friday, when it took Illinois to overtime before falling 77-72. Against Penn State, three Huskers scored in double figures — Teddy Allen (14 points), Kobe Webster (13 points) and Trey McGowens (10 points).

Maryland grabs resume-building victory

After dropping their last two games, the Terrapins bounced back with a 72-59 win at home over Minnesota on Sunday. Aaron Wiggins led all scorers with 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting to guide a Maryland team that shot 52.9 percent from the floor. The Golden Gophers made just 32.2 percent of their field goals.

It was a much-needed victory for the Terrapins, who swept the season series with Sunday's win. They defeated then-No. 17 Minnesota, 63-49, in the first meeting back on Jan. 23. Maryland improved to 11-10 overall and 5-9 in conference play. Up next is a home game against Nebraska on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. ET.

The Gophers fall to 13-8 on the season and 6-8 in conference play. They'll visit Indiana on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 9 p.m. ET. 

GAME TV TIME (ET) SITE
National championship — Monday, April 5      
(1) Baylor 86, (1) Gonzaga 70 CBS 9:20 p.m. Lucas Oil Stadium Unity
Final Four — Saturday, April 3      
(1) Baylor 78, (2) Houston 59 CBS 5:14 p.m. Lucas Oil Stadium Unity
(1) Gonzaga 93, (11) UCLA 90 (OT)  CBS 8:34 p.m. Lucas Oil Stadium Unity
2021 NCAA TOURNAMENT RESULTS LOCATION
First Four — Thursday, March 18  
(16) Texas Southern 60, (16) Mount St. Mary's 52 Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall
(11) Drake 53, (11) Wichita State 52 Mackey Arena
(16) Norfolk State 54, (16) Appalachian State 53  Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall
(11) UCLA 86, (11) Michigan State 80 Mackey Arena
First Round — Friday, March 19  
(7) Florida 75, (10) Virginia Tech 70 (OT) Hinkle Fieldhouse
(3) Arkansas 85, (14) Colgate 68 Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(1) Illinois 78, (16) Drexel 49 Indiana Farmers Coliseum
(6) Texas Tech 65, (11) Utah State 53 Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall
(15) Oral Roberts 75, (2) Ohio State 72 (OT) Mackey Arena
(1) Baylor 79, (16) Hartford 55 Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)
(8) Loyola Chicago 71, (9) Georgia Tech 60 Hinkle Fieldhouse
(12) Oregon State 70, (5) Tennessee 56 Bankers Life Fiieldhouse
(4) Oklahoma State 69, (13) Liberty 60 Indiana Farmers Coliseum
(9) Wisconsin 85, No. 8 North Carolina 62 Mackey Arena
(2) Houston 87, (15) Cleveland State 56 Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall
(13) North Texas 78, (4) Purdue 69 (OT) Lucas Oil Stadium Equality (North)
(10) Rutgers 60, (7) Clemson 56 Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(11) Syracuse 78, (6) San Diego State 62 Hinkle Fieldhouse
(3) West Virginia 84, (14) Morehead State 67 Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)
(5) Villanova 73, (12) Winthrop 63 Indiana Farmers Coliseum
First Round — Saturday, March 20  
(5) Colorado 96, (12) Georgetown 73 Hinkle Fieldhouse
(4) Florida State 64, (13) UNC Greensboro 54 Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(3) Kansas 93, (14) Eastern Washington 84 Indiana Farmers Coliseum
(8) LSU 76, (9) St. Bonaventure 61 Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall
(1) Michigan 82, (16) Texas Southern 66 Mackey Arena
(5) Creighton 63, (12) UC Santa Barbara 62 Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)
(2) Alabama 68, (15) Iona 55 Hinkle Fieldhouse
(6) USC 72, (11) Drake 56 Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(2) Iowa 86, (15) Grand Canyon 74 Indiana Farmers Coliseum
(10) Maryland 63, (7) UConn 54 Mackey Arena
(13) Ohio 62, (4) Virginia 58 Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall
(8) Oklahoma 72, (9) Missouri 68 Lucas Oil Stadium Equality (North)
(1) Gonzaga 98, (16) Norfolk State 55 Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(11) UCLA 73, (6) BYU 62 Hinkle Fieldhouse
(14) Abilene Christian 53, (3) Texas 52 Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)
(7) Oregon vs. (10) VCU — NO-CONTEST DUE TO COVID-19 PROTOCOLS --
Second Round — Sunday, March 21  
(8) Loyola Chicago 71, (1) Illinois 58 Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(1) Baylor 76, (9) Wisconsin 63 Hinkle Fieldhouse
(11) Syracuse 75, (3) West Virginia 72 Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(3) Arkansas 68, (6) Texas Tech 66 Hinkle Fieldhouse
(2) Houston 63, (10) Rutgers 60 Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)
(15) Oral Roberts 81, (7) Florida 78 Indiana Farmers Coliseum
(5) Villanova 84, (13) North Texas 61 Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(12) Oregon State 80, (4) Oklahoma State 70 Hinkle Fieldhouse
Second Round — Monday, March 22  
(7) Oregon 95, (2) Iowa 80 Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(1) Gonzaga 87, (8) Oklahoma 71 Hinkle Fieldhouse
(11) UCLA 67, (14) Abilene Christian 47 Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(5) Creighton 72, (13) Ohio 58 Hinkle Fieldhouse
(1) Michigan 86, (8) LSU 78 Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)
(4) Florida State 71, (5) Colorado 53 Indiana Farmers Coliseum
(2) Alabama 96, (10) Maryland 77 Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(6) USC 85, No. 3 Kansas 51 Hinkle Fieldhouse
Sweet 16 — Saturday, March 27  
(12) Oregon State 65, No. 8 Loyola Chicago 58 Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(1) Baylor 62, (5) Villanova 51 Hinkle Fieldhouse
(3) Arkansas 72, (15) Oral Roberts 70 Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(2) Houston 62, (11) Syracuse 46 Hinkle Fieldhouse
Sweet 16 — Sunday, March 28  
(1) Gonzaga 83, (5) Creighton 65 Hinkle Fieldhouse
(1) Michigan 76, (4) Florida State 58 Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(11) UCLA 88, (2) Alabama 78 (OT) Hinkle Fieldhouse
(6) USC 82, (7) Oregon 68 Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Elite Eight — Monday, March 29  
(2) Houston 67, (12) Oregon State 61 Lucas Oil Stadium Equality (North)
(1) Baylor 81, (3) Arkansas 72 Lucas Oil Stadium Equality (South)
Elite Eight — Tuesday, March 30
(1) Gonzaga 85, (6) USC 66 Lucas Oil Stadium Equality (North)
(11) UCLA 51, (1) Michigan 49 Lucas Oil Stadium Equality (South)

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