MADISON, Wis. (AP) Frank Kaminsky scored 31 points in his final home game, sophomore Nigel Hayes added 14 and No. 5 Wisconsin clinched at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season title with a 68-61 victory Sunday over Michigan State.
Kaminsky celebrated Senior Day with a dominating performance, going 11 of 17 from the field for the Badgers (26-3, 14-2).
The Spartans (19-10, 10-6) trailed by 22 points before rallying in the second half. Bryn Forbes’ open 3 from the corner got them within 64-53 with about 2:30 left.
But Michigan State had no answer for Kaminsky.
He banked a short jumper off the glass for a 13-point lead with 1:52 left before blocking a shot on the other end to whip the crowd into a frenzy.
Forbes finished with 21 points.
Wisconsin’s frontcourt had another strong performance.
One more win gives the Badgers the outright Big Ten title.
UCONN 81, NO. 21 SMU 73
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Rodney Purvis scored a career-high 28 points and UConn upset No. 21 SMU, knocking the Mustangs out of first place in the American Athletic Conference.
Daniel Hamilton scored 14 of his 16 points in the final 7:41 and Ryan Boatright added 23 points for the defending national champion Huskies (17-11, 10-6 American), who won for the first time this season against a ranked opponent.
Markus Kennedy had 18 points to lead SMU (23-6, 14-3), which had won five straight, 13 of its past 14 and 21 of its past 23 games.
NO. 25 PROVIDENCE 77, MARQUETTE 66
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – LaDontae Henton had 25 points and 15 rebounds and No. 25 Providence held off Marquette.
Kris Dunn added 16 points and nine assists for the Friars (20-9, 10-6 Big East).
Duane Wilson led Marquette (11-17, 3-13) with 22 points while Matt Carlino had 21 points and six assists. The Golden Eagles have lost five straight and 11 of their past 12.