Kansas grabs hold of the Big 12 title

first_imgNo. 9 Georgetown 59, Connecticut 46: Roy Hibbert had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and the Hoyas ended a decade of frustration against Connecticut and clinched a least a share of the Big East regular season title. No. 10 Nevada 69, New Mexico St. 65: Marcelus Kemp scored 21 of his 32 points in the second half and Nick Fazekas added 22 points and nine rebounds to lead Nevada over New Mexico State. No. 11 S. Illinois 53, Bradley 51: Matt Shaw’s tip-in with 3.2 seconds remaining lifted Southern Illinois over Bradley in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. No. 20 Marquette 75, No. 12 Pittsburgh 71: Wesley Matthews and David Cubillan scored 20 points each to help Marquette beat Pittsburgh. No. 17 Oregon 70, Oregon State 49: Bryce Taylor scored 22, Aaron Brooks added 18 and Oregon cruised past Oregon State. The Ducks (23-7, 11-7) won their final three games of the regular season and have won 14 straight against the Beavers (11-20, 3-15) at McArthur Court. Oregon will go into next week’s Pac-10 tournament as the fourth seed and will play Arizona. No. 18 Butler 67, Loyola of Chicago 66, OT: A.J. Graves, the nation’s second-leading free-throw shooter, hit six foul shots in the final 53 seconds of overtime to lead Butler to the victory in the semifinals of the Horizon League tournament. Graves finished with 12 points. Brandon Crone led the second-seeded Bulldogs (27-5) with 17 points. Arkansas 82, No. 19 Vanderbilt 67: Gary Ervin scored 21 points, and the Razorbacks kept their slim NCAA tournament hopes alive. No. 22 Notre Dame 73, Rutgers 66: Colin Falls scored 22 points and Russell Carter had 17 for Notre Dame. Notre Dame (23-6, 11-5), which clinched a first-round bye in the Big East tournament when Syracuse lost earlier in the day, can grab the third seed if Louisville loses to Seton Hall on Sunday. No. 24 Maryland 79, N.C. State 59: Mike Jones scored 21 points in his final home game to lead Maryland to the victory. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But Durant, who leads the Big 12 in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots, injured his ankle with about 11 minutes left in the second half and was not the same after he returned from the locker room a few minutes later. No. 1 Ohio St. 65, Michigan 61: Greg Oden scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half to help Ohio State win its 14th straight game. Mario Chalmers had 21 points and No. 3 Kansas fought back from a 16-point deficit and beat the No. 15 Longhorns (27-4, 14-2) (22-8, 12-4) 90-86 on Saturday, claiming the Big 12 championship. Texas’ freshman sensation Kevin Durant, a top candidate for national player of the year, hit all but four of his first 14 shots and scored 25 points in the first half and the Longhorns seized a 54-42 halftime lead. center_img After trailing by six, the Buckeyes (27-3, 15-1 Big Ten) held the Wolverines (20-11, 8-8) scoreless for the final 3:54. No. 4 Wisconsin 52, Michigan State 50: Kammron Taylor’s 3-pointer with 4 seconds remaining lifted the Badgers, who avoided going into the postseason with three straight losses. No. 6 Memphis 64, SMU 61: Chris Douglas-Roberts had 19 points with the key basket late and Memphis won its 19th straight game to complete a perfect record in Conference USA with a victory at SMU. No. 7 Texas A&M 94, Missouri 78: Antanas Kavaliauskas scored a career-high 26 points to help Texas A&M get the win in the regular-season finale for both teams. Texas A&M (25-5, 13-3) clinched the No. 2 seed in next week’s Big 12 tournament with the win. last_img read more

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