Bears Send Jayhawks Flying
Memphis guard Adonis Thomas (4) blocks a shot by UAB guard Robert Williams, bottom, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Lance Murphey)
Waco, Texas — Pierre Jackson had 28 points and 10 assists as Baylor finished the regular season with an 81-58 victory over Kansas yesterday to keep the fourth-ranked Jayhawks from the outright Big 12 regular-season title.
Cory Jefferson added 25 points for Baylor (18-13, 9-9 Big 12), combining his usual powerful dunks with his first three career 3-pointers.
Even after their worst loss in seven years, Kansas (26-5, 14-4) will still be the No. 1 seed for next week’s conference tournament in Kansas City, and now has at least a share of the last nine Big 12 regular-season titles. The Jayhawks had won the previous four outright, but have to share this one with rival Kansas State, which also lost yesterday.
Ben McLemore had 23 points for Kansas, whose only lead came when the freshman made a layup only 5 seconds into the game.
No. 5 Georgetown 61
No. 17 Syracuse 39
Washington — On an afternoon that Otto Porter Jr. didn’t make a field goal until the second half, No. 5 Georgetown used stifling defense to close its Big East rivalry against Syracuse with a victory that gave the Hoyas the regular season conference title.
Georgetown sent Syracuse off to the Atlantic Coast Conference with the Orange’s lowest-scoring Big East game.
No. 6 Miami 62, Clemson 49
Coral Gables, Fla. — Down to its third try and last chance, Miami came through.
Kenny Kadji scored a season-high 23 points to help the sixth-ranked Hurricanes win the ACC championship outright.
Kadji also grabbed 12 rebounds and Miami (24-6, 15-3 ACC) clinched its first outright men’s basketball league title after being foiled in consecutive losses to Duke and Georgia Tech. The Hurricanes tied the school record for victories set in 2001-02, when they went 24-8, and improved to 14-1 at home in their regular-season finale.
No. 8 Louisville 73
No. 24 Notre Dame 57
Louisville, Ky. — Gorgui Dieng had 20 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks to help Louisville earn a share of the Big East Conference title.
Peyton Siva added 13 points and five assists in his final home game for the Cardinals (26-5, 14-4 Big East), who finished tied for first place with Georgetown and Marquette. Louisville receives a bye into Thursday’s quarterfinals at the Big East tournament, where coach Rick Pitino’s team will defend its 2012 title.
No. 11 Florida 57
Lexington, Ky. — Julius Mays’ two free throws with 9.4 seconds remaining capped Kentucky’s comeback from a seven-point deficit for an upset of No. 11 Florida that revived its NCAA tournament prospects.
Archie Goodwin’s 16 points led the way in a game that Wildcats coach John Calipari described Friday as “do or die” for his defending national champions. Kentucky needed a signature win to maintain its hopes for an NCAA tournament bid.
Air Force 89, No. 12 New Mexico 88
Air Force Academy, Colo. — Todd Fletcher hit a 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds remaining to give Air Force a victory over New Mexico.
The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak for the Lobos (26-5, 13-3 Mountain West) and marked the second win over a Top 25 opponent for Air Force (17-12, 8-8) this season. The Falcons finished 13-2 at Clune Arena.
No. 13 Oklahoma St. 76 No. 9 Kansas St. 70
Stillwater, Okla. — Le’Bryan Nash scored 24 points, Marcus Smart added 21 and Oklahoma State defeated Kansas State.
The Wildcats (25-6, 14-4 Big 12) came into the day tied with rival Kansas for the conference lead, but needed the Jayhawks to lose on the road at Baylor later last night to come away with their first conference title since 1977 in the Big Eight.
No. 15 Marquette 69
St. John’s 67 (ot)
New York — Vander Blue’s driving shot fell through the rim as the overtime buzzer sounded, giving No. 15 Marquette a victory over St. John’s oat Madison Square Garden, and a share of the Big East regular season championship, their first title since joining the conference in 2005-06.
Blue had 16 points, including four of Marquette’s six in overtime, for the Golden Eagles (23-7, 14-4 Big East), who finished second in the Big East last season and were picked seventh in the preseason conference poll in November. This was their fourth straight win and sixth in seven games and the Golden Eagles get a bye to the quarterfinals on Thursday.
No. 16 Saint Louis 78, La Salle 54
St. Louis — Dwayne Evans had 16 points and 17 rebounds and No. 16 Saint Louis hit 17 of its 20 shots in a pull-away second half, clinching a share of the Atlantic 10 title.
Kwamain Mitchell had 19 points and six assists on Senior Day for Saint Louis (24-6, 13-3 A-10), which won its first conference title since 1970-71 in the Mi
No. 18 Arizona 73, Arizona St. 58
Tucson, Ariz. — Nick Johnson scored 17 points, Solomon Hill added 12 in his final home game and Arizona earned a first round bye in this week’s Pac-12 tournament.
A late-season slide left Arizona (24-6, 12-6 Pac-12) needing a win or some help to avoid playing next Wednesday in the conference tournament. The Wildcats took care of it themselves, building a 15-point lead in the first half and answering a big second-half run by the Sun Devils with one of their own.
Utah 72, No. 19 Oregon 62
Salt Lake City — Jason Washburn had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Jarred DuBois added 15 points and several key baskets down the stretch to propel Utah past Oregon.
Jordan Loveridge and Brandon Taylor chipped in 14 points apiece for the Utes (13-17, 5-13), who won consecutive Pac-12 games for the first time since joining the league. It also marked the first time Utah beat a ranked Pac-12 opponent in league play.
No. 20 Pitt 81, DePaul 66
Rosemont, Ill. — J.J. Moore scored 21 points off the bench and Pittsburgh shot a school-record 72 percent to beat DePaul 8in the Panthers’ last Big East regular season game.
The next stop for surging Pittsburgh is its final Big East tournament, which begins Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Panthers (24-7, 12-6), who will move into the ACC next season, have won 11 of their last 14 games and six of eight on the road.
No. 23 UCLA 61 Washington 54
Seattle — Shabazz Muhammad scored 21 points, Larry Drew II came up with another huge shot against Washington, and UCLA clinched the Pac-12 regular season title.
UCLA earned its third regular-season crown under coach Ben Howland. The Bruins won the title outright after Oregon was upset at Utah.
No. 25 Memphis 86, UAB 71
Memphis, Tenn. — Joe Jackson had 17 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds to help No. 25 Memphis complete an undefeated season in Conference USA.
Chris Crawford led Memphis scorers with 20 points, hitting 5 of 10 shots beyond the arc, while Geron Johnson had 19 points.
No. 1 Baylor 80, Kansas St. 47
Dallas — Brittney Griner had 19 points, 13 rebounds and a career best nine assists, and No. 1 Baylor built a quick 25-point lead in a victory against Kansas State in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 women’s tournament.
Griner’s effort came five days after she scored a Big 12-record 50 points in a win over the Wildcats in her final regular-season home game.
No. 6 Duke 72, No. 23 Florida St. 66
Greensboro, n.c. — Haley Peters had 17 points and 13 rebounds — including the go-ahead basket with 4:06 left — to help Duke beat Florida in the ACC semifinals.
Tricia Liston also scored 17 for the top-seeded Blue Devils (29-2), who never trailed yet had a tough fight all day with the fourth-seeded Seminoles (22-9).
The teams were tied with about 5 minutes left before Peters’ stickback started Duke’s go-ahead push.
NO. 11 Dayton 74, GW 49
Philadelphia — Andrea Hoover had 15 points and nine rebounds, and Dayton breezed past George Washington in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament. Dayton will face Saint Joseph’s in the semifinals on today.
No. 15 UNC 72, No. 10 Maryland 65
Greensboro, n.c. — Latifah Coleman scored 15 of her career-high 17 points in the final 6-plus minutes and North Carolina beat Maryland to reach the ACC tournament finals.
No. 19 Texas A&M 66
No. 9 Tennessee 62
Duluth, Ga. — Courtney Williams’ jumper with 33 seconds remaining gave Texas A&M the lead and the Aggies held on to snap Tennessee’s bid for a fourth straight SEC tournament title.
Purdue 77, No. 21 Nebraska 64
Hoffman Estates, Ill. — Sam Ostarello scored 18 points, Courtney Moses had 16 and Purdue beat Nebraska to advance to the Big Ten tournament championship.
No. 20 Green Bay 80, Milwaukee 56
Milwaukee — Lydia Bauer scored 22 points and Green Bay completed an undefeated run through the Horizon League with a win over Milwaukee in the regular-season finale.