PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Freshman Brandon Miller scored 17 of his 24 points in the first half and No. 18 Alabama pulled away to beat No. 12 Michigan State 81-70 on Thursday night in the opening round of the Phil Knight Invitational. After a rather light schedule for the first couple of weeks, Alabama (5-0) passed its first test of the season against the short-handed Spartans (3-2). Noah Gurley added 12 points, and Noah Clowney and Jahvon Quinerly both finished with 10 points. Tyson Walker led Michigan State with 21 points and A.J. Hoggard added 18.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Zach Edey had 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 24 Purdue to an 80-68 victory over West Virginia on Thursday night in the opening round of the Phil Knight Legacy tournament. Mason Gillis added 14 points for the Boilermakers (4-0), and Brandon Newman came off the bench to score eight points. Erik Stevenson scored 17 points as the Mountaineers (3-1) lost for the first time this season. Joe Toussaint added 16 points off the bench.
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Bobby Pettiford Jr. made a twisting reverse layup off a loose rebound with 0.2 seconds left in overtime to give No. 3 Kansas a 69-68 win over Wisconsin in a Battle 4 Atlantis semifinal. Jalen Wilson scored 29 points and had 14 rebounds for the reigning national champion Jayhawks and Kevin McCullar Jr. had 18 points and nine rebounds — and a 3 to force overtime. Tyler Wahl led the Badgers with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Most of his points came after half in what was at times a one-man comeback.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Michigan State forward Malik Hall will be sidelined for about three weeks due to a stress reaction in his left foot. The school announced the news on Friday before the 12th-ranked Spartans' game against No. 18 Alabama in the opening round of the Phil Knight Invitational. The Spartans also are not expected to have staring guard Jaden Akins against the Crimson Tide. Hall felt discomfort in his foot following Michigan State’s win over Villanova last week and further examination revealed the injury. No surgery is needed. Hall was averaging 12.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in four games this season.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The highly anticipated matchup between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan with much at stake is almost here. The Buckeyes and Wolverines will play for the Big Ten East title and a spot in the conference championship game, where one of them will be big favorites and a win away from reaching the College Football Playoff. If The Game goes as expected on Saturday in the Horseshoe, it will join the long list of memorable moments in a series that dates to 1897.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Tanner Groves scored a season-high 17 points, Jacob Groves added 16 and Oklahoma beat Nebraska 69-56 to open the ESPN Events Invitational. The Groves brothers combined for 13 of Oklahoma’s final 17 points of the first half for a 41-34 lead. Jacob Groves had 12 points in the opening half. Oklahoma used a 6-0 run midway through the second half to extend its lead to 55-43 and the Sooners led by double figures the rest of the way. Jalen Hill scored 13 points and Grant Sherfield had 10 points and eight assists for Oklahoma. Juwan Gary had 16 points and seven rebounds for Nebraska.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Charges have been filed against seven Michigan State football players stemming from a melee in Michigan Stadium’s tunnel last month. That's according to a statement from the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office. Michigan State player Khary Crump faces the most serious charge — felonious assault. Charges against the six other players are misdemeanors. Five are charged with aggravated assault and one with assault and battery. The incident occurred on Oct. 29 when multiple members of Michigan State’s football team roughed up two Michigan players. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh had said earlier he expected the suspended Spartans to be charged.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The stakes could hardly be higher when No. 3 Michigan visits No. 2 Ohio State. A win for 11-0 Ohio State or 11-0 means a trip to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship and keeping national championship hopes very much alive. Both teams enter unbeaten for the first time since 2006. It’s arguably the biggest game in the series since 2016, when Ohio State and Michigan held the same rankings as they do now.