OMAHA, Neb. — Creighton apparently has Villanova’s number.
Doug McDermott matched his season high with 39 points and passed Larry Bird for 13th on the Division I career scoring chart, and the 18th-ranked Bluejays (21-4, 11-2) won 101-80 on Sunday to move into first place in the Big East, a half-game ahead of No. 6 Villanova.
Their 21-point victory came less than a month after they hammered Villanova by 28 in Philadelphia on the strength of a record three-point shooting performance.
“I didn’t think we could play much better than we did at Villanova, but I’m not sure we didn’t play better today,” Creighton coach Greg McDermott said.
Doug McDermott took over the national scoring lead, at 25.9 points a game, and now has 2,863 career points.
No. 4 Wichita State 84, Evansville 68: In Evansville, Ind., Ron Baker scored 26 points and Fred VanVleet finished with 18 points, eight assists and five steals to lead Wichita State.
The Shockers (27-0, 14-0 Missouri Valley Conference) stayed one of two unbeaten teams in major college basketball along with Syracuse, and extended their school-record winning streak.
Nebraska 60, No. 9 Michigan State 51: In East Lansing, Mich., Terran Petteway scored 23 points and Walter Pitchford added 18 as Nebraska won.
Petteway had 16 points in the last 20 minutes after Pitchford scored 12 before the break for the Cornhuskers (14-10, 6-6). Michigan State (21-5, 10-3) remains in a first-place tie with Michigan in the Big Ten.
No. 13 Louisville 102, Rutgers 54: In Louisville, Ky., Luke Hancock scored a career-high 25 points, including six three-pointers, and Louisville (21-4, 10-2 American Athletic Conference) throttled Rutgers.
No. 21 Wisconsin 75, No. 15 Michigan 62: In Ann Arbor, Mich., Frank Kaminsky had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Wisconsin smothered Michigan in the first half before holding on.
The Wolverines (18-7, 10-3 Big Ten) cut an 18-point deficit to three in the second half, but Kaminsky personally went on a 7-2 run after that, helping Wisconsin (21-5, 8-5) regain control.
Temple 71, No. 23 SMU 64: In Philadelphia, Dalton Pepper scored 24 points to help Temple (7-17, 2-10 American Athletic Conference) beat SMU.
Oregon 93, Oregon State 83: In Eugene, Ore., Joseph Young scored 25 points as Oregon took a commanding lead early and held off archrival OSU. Mike Moser added 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Oregon (16-8, 4-8 Pac-12).
Colorado 83, USC 74: In Los Angeles, Xavier Johnson scored 20 points and Askia Booker added 18 for the Buffaloes (19-7, 8-5).
BEAUMONT, Texas — Lamar fired coach Pat Knight, son of Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight, with the Cardinals having won just six games the past two years. Lamar is 3-22 and 2-11 in the Southland Conference.