IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- It was easy to forget about Ohio State after a string of losses, including one at home to Iowa, sent the Buckeyes tumbling out of the Top 25.
They got the Hawkeyes back in Iowa City behind a signature performance from senior Aaron Craft.
Craft had 17 points with six assists and six steals to help Ohio State upset 17th-ranked Iowa on Tuesday night 76-69 for its third win in four games.
LaQuinton Ross added 13 points for the Buckeyes (18-5, 5-5 Big Ten), who moved back to .500 in the league after starting a surprising 2-4.
Craft had 14 of his points in the first half, and his three-point play put Ohio State ahead 66-59 with 1:17 left.
That sealed back-to-back road wins for the surging Buckeyes, who answered a loss to Penn State by beating Wisconsin 59-58 on Saturday.
"It's huge, and it's not big because people were doubting us or people aren't behind us anymore. This is just big for us," said Craft, whose defense also helped limit Iowa star Devyn Marble to 4 of 11 shooting. "If there's anything that we've learned from this year is that it doesn't matter about anything that is said outside of our locker room."
For Iowa, this might have been the low point it had avoided to this point.
Mike Gesell had a season-high 16 points to lead the Hawkeyes (17-6, 6-4), who shot just 3 of 20 from 3-point range. They lost their second straight at home and their first to an unranked opponent -- and Marble and Aaron White combined for just 18 points.
"We played hard. We didn't play well. We never really got in sync," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said.
The Hawkeyes clearly wanted to attack Ohio State from the perimeter. But they missed all but one of their first 14 3s, and the Buckeyes were able to manage a slim lead for most of the second half.
Iowa rallied to within 58-54 before Williams threw down a dunk off an inbounds pass with just two seconds left on the shot clock. Sam Thompson then buried a 3 for a 63-54 lead with 3:56 to go.
"I think we've finally found our groove," Williams said. "We're playing together, and I think once we continue to play together as a team we're one of the best teams in the Big Ten."
Williams and Lenzelle Smith Jr. each had 12 points for Ohio State, which won despite a 38-25 deficit on the boards. It certainly helped that Iowa was just 12 of 19 from the free throw line.
Olaseni had 14 points, six rebounds and a pair of blocks off the bench.
Iowa fell 2 1/2 games behind idle Michigan and Michigan State in the league standings with eight to play. Iowa hosts the Wolverines at home on Saturday.
"We lost the game with defense in the second half," McCaffery said.
Iowa soundly defeated Ohio State in their first meeting, rallying from nine down to win 84-74. At the time it seemed like a breakthrough road win for the Hawkeyes -- a sign the program had truly arrived under McCaffery.
But the Buckeyes unexpectedly kept losing and fell out of this week's Top 25 poll.
It was Iowa that looked like the unranked early though. The Hawkeyes fell behind by as much as 26-17 until a play more suited for the football field gave them the lead at halftime.
Marble and Gesell trapped Craft near half court. Marble stripped the ball and hiked it under his legs to Gesell, who then chucked the ball like a post pattern to a waiting Aaron White for a slam dunk.
That would prove to be a rare miscue from Craft -- and plays like that were few and far between for the Hawkeyes.
"I thought our halfcourt defense was as good as it can be," Ohio State coach Thad Matta said.
Like he has so often during his brilliant career, Craft was the focus of an Iowa crowd that heckled him at every turn. But he and the Buckeyes had the final say.
"It was intense. They got after it a little bit. But you just try to do your best to knock it all out. And the best way to get back at them is to make them go home quiet like they did (Tuesday) night," Craft said.
No. 3 FLORIDA 68, MISSOURI 58
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Michael Frazier II scored 14 points, highly touted freshman Chris Walker had two crowd-pleasing dunks in his debut and No. 3 Florida beat Missouri 68-58 on Tuesday night.
The Gators won their 14th consecutive game and extended a school record with their 28th straight victory at home.
Frazier drained three 3-pointers in a 2-minute span in the second half, giving Florida some breathing room in a tight, back-and-forth game.
Scottie Wilbekin finished with a career-high 19 points for the Gators. He was 13 of 16 from the free throw line, most of them down the stretch. Patric Young chipped in 13 points and six rebounds for the Gators (20-2, 9-0 Southeastern Conference).
Missouri's 3-point shooting kept the Tigers (16-6, 4-5) in it for much of the game.
Missouri made 8 of 21 from behind the arc, but just 4 of 13 in the second half. The Tigers went more than 4 minutes without a point, a stretch that helped Florida build its biggest lead.
Jabari Brown led the Tigers with 15 points while Jordan Clarkson added 14.
No. 8 KANSAS 69, BAYLOR 52
WACO, Texas -- Naadir Tharpe scored 22 points, nine in a go-ahead run before halftime, and Big 12-leading Kansas rebounded from its first league loss.
Andrew Wiggins overcame a slow start to score 14 points, while Perry Ellis had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Kansas.
Wiggins, the Big 12's top scoring freshman, finished 4-of-13 shooting and didn't make his first basket until a half-court shot to beat the buzzer going into halftime. That capped a 14-3 run over the final 5 minutes for a 35-27 lead.
Tharpe's short jumper with 3 1/2 minutes left in the half broke a 25-all tie and put the Jayhawks (17-5, 8-1 Big 12) ahead to stay.
Cory Jefferson had 14 points to lead Baylor (14-8, 2-7), which lost its fourth consecutive game at the Ferrell Center after a 13-game home winning streak. It's the longest home drought since dropping six straight in 2005.
No. 11 DUKE 83, WAKE FOREST 63
DURHAM, N.C. -- Jabari Parker scored 21 points and Rasheed Sulaimon added 19 points for Duke (18-5, 7-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).
The Blue Devils shot nearly 51 percent, hit 12 3-pointers against one of the ACC's best perimeter defenses and used a big run at the end of the first half to roll to their eighth straight victory over their instate rivals.
Devin Thomas had 14 points for the Demon Deacons (14-9, 4-6), who have lost three straight for the first time this season.
They had 19 turnovers -- including five straight during Duke's decisive run.
Playing without leading scorer Codi Miller-McIntyre, Wake Forest hung around for about 15 minutes before ultimately losing their 15th straight at Cameron Indoor Stadium -- all by double figures.
Andre Dawkins added 17 points with four 3-pointers for Duke, which won its 29th straight home game.
No. 15 TEXAS 59, TCU 54
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Jonathan Holmes had 20 points and a career-high 16 rebounds and Texas rallied in the second half to extend its winning streak to seven games.
Holmes hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2:41 remaining, and the Longhorns (18-4, 7-2 Big 12) held off the Horned Frogs with several key offensive rebounds in the final 2 minutes.
Cameron Ridley had 12 points and nine rebounds, including one that led to his clinching free throws after a miss by Isaiah Taylor with 7 seconds left, as the Longhorns held on following their win at home against No. 8 Kansas over the weekend.
Amric Fields had 16 points and eight rebounds to lead TCU (9-12, 0-9), the only Big 12 team without a conference win.
The Longhorns came into Fort Worth with four straight wins over ranked opponents.
No. 18 KENTUCKY 80, MISSISSIPPI 64
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Willie Cauley-Stein broke a slump with 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Kentucky shot 60 percent in the second half.
The Wildcats' 7-foot sophomore went 7 of 8 from the field to score more points than his previous six games combined (14) while reaching double digits in rebounds for the first time in nine games. Cauley-Stein had six blocks and altered other attempts to help limit the Rebels (15-7, 6-3 Southeastern Conference) to 36 percent shooting in the second half and 39 percent (25 of 65) overall.
Kentucky (17-5, 7-2) made 15 of 25 from the field in the second half to turn a 35-34 halftime lead into a rout.
Aaron Harrison added 16 points while Julius Randle scored 11 of his 12 points after halftime as the Wildcats finished shooting 51 percent (26 of 51) from the field.
James Young and Alex Poythress had 10 points each for Kentucky, which outscored Mississippi 44-24 in the paint and 19-15 in second-chance points while its reserves topped the Rebels' 28-19.
Guards Marshall Henderson (16 points) and Jarvis Summers combined for 27 points on just 10-of-31 shooting in a matchup of second-place SEC teams.
No. 24 MEMPHIS 101, RUTGERS 69
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Austin Nichols scored 18 points, and Joe Jackson added 16 points and eight assists for Memphis.
The Tigers (17-5, 7-3 American Athletic Conference) hit a season-high 12 3-pointers and shot 59 percent, also a best this season. Nichols was 8 of 9 from the field, and Jackson hit all but one of his seven shots.
Memphis, which won its seventh game in the last nine, never trailed and led by as many as 41 points in the second half.
Michael Dixon scored 15 points, and Shaq Goodwin added 13 for Memphis. Geron Johnson and Chris Crawford scored 12 each for the Tigers, Crawford grabbing 11 rebounds.
Kadeem Jack was the only Scarlet Knight in double figures with 12 points as Rutgers (9-14, 3-7) lost its fifth in the last six.
WISCONSIN 75, ILLINOIS 63
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Sam Dekker and Ben Brust scored 16 points apiece Tuesday and Wisconsin ended a two-game losing streak with a 75-63 win at Illinois.
Traevon Jackson and Nigel Hayes had 14 each for Wisconsin (18-5, 5-5 Big Ten).
The loss extended the misery for Illinois (13-10, 2-8). The Illini have lost eight straight. That streak started with a 95-70 blowout by the Badgers in Madison on Jan. 8.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS 53, MIAMI (Ohio) 41
DEKALB, Ill. -- Northern Illinois trailed for most of the game until a Travon Baker 3-pointer put the Huskies over the top en route to a 53-41 victory over Miami (Ohio) Tuesday night.
Baker's deep basket for the lead came in the midst of a 15-0 run midway through the second half. Aaron Armstead reeled off the first eight points of the run with back-to-back 3-pointers and a layup to slice a nine-point deficit to one, 37-36. Baker's 3-pointer with 12 minutes remaining gave the Huskies their first lead of the game, 39-36.
Armstead, Baker and Aksel Bolin each scored 10 points for Northern Illinois (10-11, 4-5 Mid-American).
Miami (9-11, 5-4) led by as many as nine early, but just 27-26 at the break. RedHawk freshman Joshua Oswald scored Miami's first eight points of the second half as it broke away to lead 37-28. Oswald led Miami with 10 points.