Stanford holds off late surge to beat California 77-73

Stanford guard Daejon Davis (1) shoots against California guard Juhwan Harris-Dyson (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — It took a little bit of luck and a pair of big free throws from Dorian Pickens in the final seconds to keep Stanford from getting swept by California this season.

TOP 25 REWIND: Michigan State, Villanova earn big road wins

Michigan State Michigan State guard Cassius Winston, left, celebrates with guard/forward Miles Bridges after scoring a basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Northwestern, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in Rosemont, Ill. Michigan State won 65-60. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In a season marked by parity, No. 2 Michigan State and No. 3 Villanova turned in big road performances as reminders of their title potential in March.

Black’s career-high 28 pushes Illinois past Nebraska 72-66

Illinois forward Leron Black (12) greets fans during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Champaign, Ill., on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. Illinois won 72-66. (AP Photo/Rick Danzl)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Close games have not gone well for Illinois this season. The Illini have lost nine games by single digits, including three losses in overtime and one at the buzzer against Nebraska on Jan. 15.

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