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Michigan pauses athletic department

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) The entire University of Michigan athletic department is pausing after several positive tests for the new COVID-19 variant that transmits at a higher rate.

The state Department of Health and Human Services issued the mandate Saturday, with the school saying it follows the positive COVID-19 tests for several individuals linked to the athletic department. The entire department could be in quarantine for two weeks.

The 11th-ranked women's basketball team was set to play at home against Purdue on Sunday. That was one of four athletic events the school had scheduled. The men's tennis team was hosting a tournament while women's tennis was in Atlanta. The men's gymnastics event at Nebraska was also postponed.

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Okla. hands No. 9 Kansas 3rd loss in row

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) De'Vion Harmon scored 22 points and Oklahoma beat No. 9 Kansas 75-68 Saturday for its second victory this month over a top-10 opponent.

Oklahoma (9-4, 5-3 Big 12) has won three of its last four games against Kansas (10-5, 4-4) in Norman and is 8-1 at home this season at the Lloyd Noble Center. Included in that record is a win over then-No. 9 West Virginia on Jan. 2.

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Pinson leads No. 19 Mizzou by No. 6 Vols

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Mired in a slump the past couple of games, Xavier Pinson was due for a breakout performance.

Missouri's junior point guard cranked up the intensity Saturday night, scoring 27 points to lead the 19th-ranked Tigers to a 73-64 win over No. 6 Tennessee.

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No. 15 Ohio St. handles No. 10 Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Ohio State is capitalizing on the lack of fans at Big Ten games this season to take down one ranked opponent after another on the road.

E.J. Liddell scored 20 points and the 15th-ranked Buckeyes never trailed in a 74-62 victory over No. 10 Wisconsin on Saturday. Ohio State has beaten Top 15 teams in each of its last three road games.

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No. 1 Zags cruise to 19th straight win

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Drew Timme scored 22 points and freshman Jalen Suggs came close to a triple-double as top-ranked and undefeated Gonzaga crushed Pacific 95-49 on Saturday night for its 19th consecutive victory dating to last season.

Corey Kispert had 16 points and Joel Ayayi scored 12 for Gonzaga (15-0, 6-0 West Coast Conference), which won its 47th consecutive home game - the longest streak in the nation. Suggs finished with nine points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.

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No. 11 Creighton gets by No. 23 UConn

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Creighton's Denzel Mahoney bounced back from one of his worst games of the season to play one of his best.

Mahoney scored 20 points and the 11th-ranked Bluejays broke open a close game in the last 10 minutes to beat No. 23 Connecticut 74-66 Saturday.

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No. 2 Baylor rallies to beat OK State

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Baylor's depth and experience eventually overwhelmed an Oklahoma State team that was missing star freshman Cade Cunningham due to COVID-19 protocols.

Jared Butler scored 22 points, and the second-ranked Bears rallied from a halftime deficit to beat Oklahoma State 81-66 on Saturday.

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No. 3 'Nova rolls in 2nd half vs. Friars

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) A bright light coming from a sunny window delayed the start of the second half. When the game finally resumed, Villanova's offense shone on the court - neither a dark curtain nor Providence could blot out the Wildcats.

Collin Gillespie and Justin Moore scored 15 points apiece, and No. 3 Villanova used a dominating final 20 minutes to defeat Providence 71-56 on Saturday.

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Syracuse bullies No. 16 Hokies inside

SYRACUSE, N .Y. (AP) Normally a team that lives and dies beyond the arc, Syracuse showed it can play an inside game, too.

The Orange, in need of a quality win, beat a ranked team for the first time in a year, dominating No. 16 Virginia Tech 78-60 on Saturday.

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Maryland upsets No. 17 Gophers on road

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Maryland paid another destructive visit to a Top 25 foe, leaving No. 17 Minnesota as the latest team that would have been wise to request a damage deposit.

The only breaks on this loaded Big Ten schedule have come by COVID-19-prompted postponements.

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