No. 3 Villanova Upset in Big East
New York — Sterling Gibbs hit a step-back jumper at the buzzer and Seton Hall stunned No. 3 Villanova 64-63 in a thrilling Big East quarterfinal Thursday, a loss that could cost the Wildcats a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Eugene Teague had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the eighth-seeded Pirates (17-16), who advanced to the Big East tournament semifinals for the first time in 13 years. They will play Providence tonight at Madison Square Garden.
Josh Hart came off the bench and scored 18 to lead the top-seeded Wildcats (28-4), beaten only twice in 18 regular-season conference games while winning their first outright Big East title since 1982. Both losses were blowouts by Doug McDermott and Creighton.
Patrik Auda scored all 13 of his points in the first half for Seton Hall, a 10½-point underdog. But the Pirates, accustomed to playing close games, built a 15-point lead and recovered after Villanova spurted past them with a 16-0 run in the second half.
No. 4 Arizona 71, Utah 39
Las Vegas — Nick Johnson scored 14 points, T.J. McConnell added 13 and No. 4 Arizona overwhelmed Utah defensively to match the most lopsided game in Pac-12 tournament history.
After playing two close games against Utah during the regular season, top-seeded Arizona (29-3) opened the tournament with a spirit-crushing defensive performance.
Energized by a raucous crowd that made it feel like the McKale Center, the Wildcats provided a glimpse of what can happen when one of the nation’s best defenses gets rolling.
Arizona ran through the record book against Utah (21-11), setting marks for fewest points allowed, fewest field goals (12) and lowest shooting percentage (25).
The Wildcats held the Utes to 13 points in the first half, another record, and matched UCLA’s 32-point win over Oregon State in 2006 to move into today’s semifinals against Colorado or California.
No. 5 Louisville 92, Rutgers 31
Memphis, Tenn. — Chris Jones scored 15 of his 18 points in the first half, and fifth-ranked Louisville routed Rutgers in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament.
The Cardinals (27-5) have won three straight and 10 of their last 11 as they look for a third straight tournament title even if they’re only in the American for one season. Louisville split the regular-season title with Cincinnati, but lost the top seed on a coin flip,
The defending national champion Cardinals will play Houston, which upset No. 25 SMU 68-64, in the semifinals.
San Diego State 73, Utah State 39
Las Vegas — Xavier Thames scored 15 points and dished out seven assists to lead No. 8 San Diego State over Utah State, in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West conference tournament.
The top-seeded Aztecs shot 52.5 percent (31 of 59) from the field, including 7 of 17 (.412) from 3-point range. San Diego State dominated in the paint, out-rebounding the Aggies, 35-27, while it outscored Utah State in the paint, 40-14.
No. 10 Kansas 77, Okla. St. 70, OT
Kansas City, Mo. — Andrew Wiggins scored 30 points, Wayne Selden Jr. had 14 and No. 10 Kansas pulled away in the final seconds of overtime to beat Oklahoma State in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.
Naadir Tharpe made four foul shots in the extra session to seal the victory for the top-seeded Jayhawks (24-8), who will face fourth-seeded Iowa State in Friday night’s semifinals.
Phil Forte briefly gave the Cowboys a 70-68 lead with a 3-pointer a minute into overtime, but the Jayhawks scored the final seven points, all but two of them coming at the foul line.
No. 16 Iowa St. 91, Kansas St. 85
Kansas City, Mo. — Melvin Ejim had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Dustin Hogue added 19 points and 10 boards and No. 16 Iowa State held on through a tense final minute to beat Kansas State in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.
Georges Niang added 18 points and Naz Long finished with 14 points for the fourth-seeded Cyclones (24-7), who advanced to play the winner of Kansas-Oklahoma State in today’s semifinals.
No. 24 Ohio St. 63, Purdue 61
Indianapolis — LaQuinton Ross scored 19 points and Aaron Craft finished with 16 on Thursday, helping No. 24 Ohio State hang on for a victory over Purdue in the Big Ten tournament.
The win sent the defending tourney champs into today’s quarterfinals against fourth-seeded Nebraska.
Houston 68, No, 25 SMU 64
Memphis, Tenn. — Jherrod Stiggers scored 19 points, including five 3-pointers, and Houston upset No. 25 SMU in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament Thursday.
The Cougars (17-15), who will face No. 5 Louisville, converted 9 of 19 3-pointers in the game.
L.J. Rose finished with 16, hitting all three of his shots from outside the arc. TaShawn Thomas added 14 points and nine rebounds and four blocks, including a key one down the stretch, while Danuel House finished with 11 for the sixth-seed Houston.