College Basketball: Top-Ranked Virginia Rallies Past Louisville

  • Iowa forward Tyler Cook, second from left, forward Luka Garza, second from right, and forward Nicholas Baer, right, stop Michigan guard Charles Matthews (1) from scoring a basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the second round of the Big Ten conference tournament, Thursday, March 1, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Louisville, Ky. — De’Andre Hunter’s 3-pointer as time expired gave No. 1 Virginia a 67-66 victory over Louisville on Thursday night in a wild finish that made the Cavaliers the first Atlantic Coast Conference team to go 9-0 on the road in league play.

Needing everything to overcome an energized Cardinals squad desperate for a statement victory, the Cavaliers (27-2, 16-1) tied the game at 58 with 2 minutes left and overcame another five-point deficit in the final minute. Louisville led 66-64 and tried to inbounds with .9 seconds left, but Virginia got the ball after Deng Adel was called for traveling on the baseline.

After a timeout, Hunter got the ball and sank a long 3 that banked in at the horn, sparking a wild dog pile of Cavaliers celebrating in front of Louisville bench.

No. 11 Wichita State 75UCF 71 (ot)

Orlando, Fla. — Shaquille Morris scored 19 points and Conner Frankamp added 16 as Wichita State beat Central Florida in overtime.

Landry Shamet scored 14 points and had six assists for the Shockers (24-5, 14-3 American Athletic Conference), who have won seven straight.

No. 15 Michigan 77, Iowa 71 (ot)

New York — Duncan Robinson made Michigan’s only field goal in overtime, a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:15 left, and the Wolverines beat Iowa to advance to the Big Ten quarterfinals.

The fifth-seeded Wolverines (25-7) face fourth-seeded Nebraska today at Madison Square Garden.


No. 12 Tennessee 64, Auburn 61

Nashville, Tenn. — Rennia Davis scored 16 points and banked in a 3-pointer from the left wing with a half-second lift, lifting Tennessee over Auburn in the second round of the SEC Tournament.

No. 15 Texas A&M 82Arkansas 52

Nashville, Tenn. — Danni Williams scored 22 points with four 3-pointers as Texas A&M beat Arkansas in the second round of the SEC Tournament.

No. 23 N.C. State 77, UNC 64

Greensboro, n.c. — Aislinn Konig scored 19 points with five 3-pointers, as North Carolina State beat North Carolina in the ACC quarterfinals.

No. 25 Mercer 75, W. Carolina 44

Asheville, n.c. — Kahlia Lawrence, the first three-time Southern Conference player of the year, scored 23 points and Mercer cruised over Western Carolina in the league tournament opener that set the school record winning streak at 25.