Brust puts Badgers on his back
UNDATED (AP) — What a finish in Madison, where Wisconsin upended No. 3 Michigan 65-62 in overtime.
First, the Badgers' Ben Brust hit a running 3-point shot from just inside the midcourt line to tie the game at the end of regulation. Then he added a tiebreaking 3 with less than 40 seconds left in OT. Brust finished with a team-high 14 points, helping the Badgers improve to 17-7 overall with an 8-3 mark in Big Ten play.
Michigan appeared to have the game in hand after Tim Hardaway Jr. buried a long 3-point shot with 2.4 seconds left in regulation that gave the Wolverines a three-point lead.
Trey Burke scored a game-high 19 points but missed a 3 in the closing seconds as Michigan falls to 21-3. The Wolverines also are 8-3 in the Big Ten.
In other top-25 action:
— Fifth-ranked Kansas is riding its first three-game losing streak in eight years following a 72-66 loss at Big 12-rival Oklahoma. Romero Osby scored 17 points and Steven Pledge added 15 as the Sooners end a 10-game losing streak in the series. The Jayhawks will look to end their skid when they host 13th-ranked Kansas State on Monday.
— Eighth-ranked Miami hit a school record-tying 15 3-pointers while destroying visiting North Carolina 87-61. Shane Larkin was high man for the Hurricanes with 18 points. Miami improves to 19-3 with its second win over the Tar Heels in four weeks. The Canes sit first in the Big East with a 10-0 conference mark.
— No. 14 Butler went the last 7 ½ minutes of its game at George Washington without a field goal but hung on to beat the Colonials 59-56. GW missed several 3-poimnt attempts in the final 10 seconds that could have forced overtime.
— Georgetown survives a scare on the road. The 20th-ranked Hoyas outscored Rutgers 7-2 over the final 1:15 of play and beat the Scarlet Knights 69-63. Markel Starks had a team-high 20 points, while Otto Porter Jr. contributed 19 points and 14 rebounds to Georgetown's 17th win in 21 games this season. They are 7-3 in the Big East.
— No. 21 Missouri got 22 points and 18 rebounds from Alex Oriakhi in a 98-79 win over visiting Mississippi. Teammate Phil Pressey had 22 points to go along with four assists that broke Anthony Peeler's career school record. Ole Miss was on the verge of cracking the Top 25 last week but has dropped three of four since.
— Twenty-second-ranked Oklahoma State improves to 17-5 with a 72-59 win over Texas. Marcus Smart led the Cowboys with 23 points. The Longhorns are 10-13 and struggling through their worst season in 15 years under coach Rick Barnes.
— Vander Blue scored 18 points and Junior Cadougan added 17 as No. 24 Marquette held off DePaul 89-78 for its 22nd straight home victory. The win moves Marquette one-half game ahead of Syracuse at the top of the Big East. The ninth-ranked Orange host St. John's on Sunday.
— Hallie Christofferson scored 25 points and Chelsea Poppens had 22 points and 18 rebounds to lead No. 25 Iowa State past Kansas State 87-71. Brittany Chambers threw in 34 for K-State.
Devils No. 1 in East
UNDATED (AP) — New Jersey has leapfrogged Pittsburgh into the top spot in the NHL's Eastern Conference race with a fourth straight win.
Bobby Butler had a goal and an assist while Ilya Kovalchuk (EEL'-yah KOH'-vul-chook) and Andy Greene contributed two assists each to the Devils' 3-1 victory over the visiting Penguins. Pittsburgh was working on a five-game winning streak and led 1-0 after the opening period on a goal by Brandon Sutter.
Niklas Kronwall's third-period goal broke a 1-1 tie and the Detroit Red Wings held on for a 2-1 victory over visiting Edmonton. Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist and Jimmy Howard made 23 saves for Detroit.
In Philadelphia, Danny Briere's (bree-AYRZ') goal 1:47 into overtime lifted the Flyers past the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3. It completes a 3-0-1 homestand for the Flyers.
Al Montoya made 33 saves in the Winnipeg Jets' 1-0 win over the Ottawa Senators. Alex Ponikarovsky broke a scoreless deadlock 5:57 into the third period. Ottawa backup Ben Bishop made his second start of the season and stopped 36 shots.
The game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the host Bruins was postponed because of the blizzard that dumped more than 2 feet of snow on the Boston area. No makeup date had been scheduled yet.
Co-leaders at Pebble
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Second round co-leader Brandt Snedeker and James Hahn share the third round clubhouse lead at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Both are 12-under par after 54 holes.
Mediate making impressive debut
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Rocco Mediate (MEE'-dee-ayt) shot to the top of the leaderboard with a course-record 11-under-par 61 and at 15-under for the tournament will take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Allianz Championship. It's Mediate's first start on the 50-and-over circuit.
Tom Pernice (pur-NEES') Jr. is alone in second place after carding a 65. He's two strokes better than Bernhard Langer, who posted a 67.
Saints prefer to play with Ryan rather than against him
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The Saints have hired Rob Ryan as their new defensive coordinator.
New Orleans coach Sean Payton says the Saints found Ryan's defenses challenging when they played his previous teams.
Ryan is the brother of Jets coach Rex Ryan. He spent the past two seasons as Dallas' defensive coordinator and was fired after last season, when his defense ranked 19th.
Ryan says joining the Saints is a "great opportunity" and he's getting started right away.
Nuggets cruise into Cleveland
UNDATED (AP) — The Nuggets have had a hot hand of late and will be hunting a ninth straight win this evening when they take on the lowly Cavaliers in Cleveland. At 32-18, Denver sits fourth in the Western Conference race. The Cavs' 15-34 record is good for 12th place in the East.
Also tonight, league doormat Charlotte is at Philadelphia, Dallas hosts Golden State, Detroit plays at Milwaukee and Sacramento is home to Utah.
RIMINI, Italy (AP) — The best-of-five first round Fed Cup match between the U.S. and Italy is knotted at 1-1.
Sara Errani (ehr-RAH'-nee) trounced American Jamie Hampton 6-2, 6-1 before Varvara Lepchenko earned a 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 win over Roberta Vinci. Both Hampton and Lepchenko were making their Fed Cup singles debuts.
The U.S. is playing without veterans Venus and Serena Williams and emerging star Sloane Stevens, who are nursing injuries.