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Top 25 roundup: Maryland tops Michigan to win share of Big Ten regular-season title

Maryland guard Anthony Cowan Jr. cuts down the net after the Terrapins beat Michigan to win a share of the Big Ten Conference regular-season title on Sunday in College Park, Maryland. (Nick Wass / AP)
Maryland guard Anthony Cowan Jr. cuts down the net after the Terrapins beat Michigan to win a share of the Big Ten Conference regular-season title on Sunday in College Park, Maryland. (Nick Wass / AP)
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Anthony Cowan Jr. had 20 points and eight assists in his final home game at Maryland, and the ninth-ranked Terrapins beat No. 25 Michigan 83-70 on Sunday in College Park, Maryland, to earn a share of the Big Ten regular-season title.

Eric Ayala scored 19, Jalen Smith had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Aaron Wiggins added 15 points for the Terps (24-7, 14-6). Cowan, a senior guard, went 7 for 11 from the floor and hit six free throws in the final minute.

Maryland shared the conference title with No. 24 Wisconsin and No. 16 Michigan State, which beat No. 19 Ohio State later Sunday.

The Terrapins held a two-game lead with five games to go, but lost three of four before defeating the Wolverines to finish 16-1 at home.

Reserve sophomore guard David DeJulius scored a career-high 20 points for Michigan (19-12, 10-10). The Wolverines closed their first regular season under rookie coach Juwan Howard by dropping three of four.

(16) Michigan State 80, (19) Ohio State 69: In East Lansing, Michigan, Cassius Winston scored 27 points and the Spartans beat the Buckeyes to win a third straight Big Ten championship.

The Spartans (22-9, 14-6 Big Ten) shared the conference title with No. 9 Maryland and No. 24 Wisconsin and they will be the second-seeded team at the Big Ten Tournament behind the Badgers.

The Buckeyes (21-10, 11-9) had won four straight and six of their previous seven games.

Rocket Watts scored 19 points, Xavier Tillman had 15 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals while Aaron Henry added 12 points for the Spartans.

Duane Washington had 16 points, CJ Walker scored 14 and E.J. Liddell had 12 for the Buckeyes. Ohio State’s leading scorer, Kaleb Wesson, was held to eight points.

(23) Illinois 78, (18) Iowa 76: In Champaign, Illinois, Ayo Dosunmu scored 17 points and the Fighting Illini held off the Hawkeyes to secure the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten Conference Tournament.

Andres Feliz scored 14 points, Kofi Cockburn had 12 and Kipper Nichols added 10 for Illinois (21-10, 12-8 Big Ten).

Luka Garza scored 28 points for Iowa (20-11, 11-9), which finished in a four-way tie for fifth in the Big Ten and will be the No. 5 seed in the tournament. Joe Toussaint scored 14 points and Connor McCaffery added 10.

(21) Houston 64, Memphis 57: In Houston, Fabian White Jr. had 18 points and 14 rebounds, Quentin Grimes added 17 points and the Cougars beat the Tigers.

Grimes had 15 second-half points, which led a big run for the Cougars (23-8, 13-5 American Athletic Conference). Nate Hinton had 13 points for Houston, which shot 34%, including 48% in the second half.

Houston will finish at least in a tie for second in the AAC.

Precious Achiuwa had 25 points and 15 rebounds and Lester Quinones added 10 points for Memphis (21-10, 10-8).

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