Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

College Basketball: Xavier Routs Butler in Top 10 Battle

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

College Basketball: Xavier Routs Butler in Top 10 Battle

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Remy Abell scored a career-high 21 points, and No. 6 Xavier recovered from its first loss of the season by beating No. 9 Butler 88-69 on Saturday in Cincinnati.

The host Musketeers (13-1, 1-1 Big East) were coming off a 95-64 defeat at No. 16 Villanova on Thursday that ended the best start in school history. Xavier led most of the way Saturday, taking control with a 13-1 run in the second half.

Butler (11-3, 0-2) shook up its starting lineup after an 81-73 home loss to No. 12 Providence on Thursday, but the Bulldogs' high- scoring offense couldn't get much done against one of the league's best defenses.

No. 2 Kansas rolls * Wayne Selden Jr. hit five 3-pointers and scored 24 points, leading No. 2 Kansas (12-1) on a big early run that swamped No. 23 Baylor in a 102-74 home court victory to start Big 12 play.

No. 3 Oklahoma stays unbeaten * Buddy Hield scored 22 points and No. 3 Oklahoma won at home over No. 11 Iowa State 87-83 to match the second-best start in school history at 12-0.

Oklahoma plays at No. 2 Kansas on Monday in what could be a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown after No. 1 Michigan State lost to Iowa on Tuesday night. The Big 12 battle also pits two former Illini coaches in Oklahoma's Lon Kruger and Kansas' Bill Self.

No. 1 Michigan State bounces back * Bryn Forbes scored 20 points, making three 3-pointers in the second half to help top-ranked Michigan State stave off host Minnesota for a 69-61 victory in response to a loss at Iowa earlier in the week.

Iowa stuns Purdue * Jarrod Uthoff scored 25 points, Peter Jok had 11 points and nine rebounds and visiting Iowa erased a 17-point halftime deficit in a 70-63 upset over No. 14 Purdue. The Hawkeyes (11-3, 2-0 Big Ten) have won four straight and eight of nine, including two upsets of Top 15 teams this week. Kendall Stephens led Purdue (13-2, 1-1) with 12 points. …

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