Gators Run the SEC Table
Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin (5) holds up a piece of the net after the Gators became the first team in Southeastern Conference history to go 18-0 in league pla, Saturday, March 8, 2014 in Gainesville, Fla. Florida defeated Kentucky 84-65 Saturday in an NCAA college basketball game. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)
Arizona;s Elliot Pitts, center left, and Kaleb Tarczewski, center right, watch from the bench as Oregon moves ahead in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Eugene, Ore. on Saturday, March 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch)
Gainesville, Fla. — Patric Young scored 18 points in his final home game and No. 1 Florida routed 25th-ranked Kentucky 84-65 Saturday, becoming the first team in Southeastern Conference history to go 18-0 in league play.
Fellow seniors Casey Prather (15) and Scottie Wilbekin (13) also reached double figures for the Gators (29-2, 18-0), who have won 23 straight this season and 32 in a row at home.
Coach Billy Donovan called timeout with 36.9 seconds remaining to get his four seniors another standing ovation.
They certainly deserved this one.
Young, Prather, Wilbekin and fellow starter Will Yeguete have now won 113 games in four seasons, four shy of tying the school record held by Walter Hodge..
No. 2 Wichita St. 67, Missouri St. 42
St. Louis — Cleanthony Early scored 20 points with three 3-pointers and a pair of dunks, and Wichita State improved to 33-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference semifinals.
Tekele Cotton also made three 3-pointers for the top-seeded Shockers (33-0), who matched the start by Larry Bird and Indiana State in 1979 before they lost to Michigan State and Magic Johnson in the NCAA title game.
Oregon 64, No. 3 Arizona 57
Eugene, Ore. — Jason Calliste made the go-ahead jumper and free throw with 4:22 left and finished with 18 points as Oregon won its seventh straight.
Johnathan Loyd added 16 points for the Ducks (22-8, 10-8 Pac-10) who greatly improved their chances of a bid in the NCAA tournament.
Aaron Gordon had 21 points for the Wildcats (28-3, 15-3), who had already clinched the Pac-12 regular-season title heading into next week’s conference tournament in Las Vegas.
No. 6 Villanova 77, Georgetown 59
Philadelphia — Darrun Hilliard scored 19 points to lead Villanova to a dominating victory, preserving the Wildcats’ hopes of a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
JayVaughn Pinkston added 13 points, and James Bell and Ryan Arcidiacono had 11 apiece for the Wildcats (28-3, 16-2), .
West Virginia 92, No. 8 Kansas 86
Morgantown, W. Va. — Eron Harris scored 28 points, Juwan Staten added 24 and West Virginia withstood 41 points by Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins.
The Mountaineers (17-14, 9-9 Big 12) led by as many as 25 points early in the second half.
No. 11 Louisville 81 No. 19 UConn 48
Louisville, Ky. — Montrezl Harrell scored 20 points, Russ Smith recorded a career-high 13 assists and No. 11 Louisville claimed a share of the American Athletic Conference championship.
Harrell added 11 rebounds and several thunderous dunks to help the Cardinals (26-5, 15-3) finish tied with No. 15 Cincinnati atop the upstart league. A coin flip gave Cincinnati the top seed in the AAC tournament and Louisville the second seed.
No. 12 Michigan 84, Indiana 80
Ann Arbor, Mich. — Glenn Robinson scored 20 points, including a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 1:10 to play, and Jordan Morgan had a double-double in his final home game to help Michigan finish off its Big Ten championship season with a victory over Indiana.
Morgan had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Michigan (23-7 15-3).
No. 15 Cincinnati 70, Rutgers 66
Piscataway, n.j. — Sean Kilpatrick scored 24 points and No. 15 Cincinnati clinched at least a share of the American Athletic Conference regular-season title.
Kilpatrick converted a three-point play and drove the lane for a layup in the final 68 seconds as the Bearcats (26-5, 15-3) rallied from a late deficit against the Scarlet Knights (11-20, 5-13).
No. 16 Iowa St. 85 Oklahoma St. 81 (ot)
Ames, Iowa — Naz Long forced overtime with a 30-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer, DeAndre Kane scored five of his 27 points in the closing seconds, and Iowa State overcame a 16-point deficit.
Kane hit a layup and a pair of free throws to put Iowa State ahead 82-79 with 11.7 seconds left.
No. 20 Memphis 67, No. 18 SMU 58
Memphis, Tenn. — Joe Jackson scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half to lead Memphis.
Jackson hit his first four shots after intermission as the Tigers (23-8, 12-6 American) shot 59 percent in the second half while building the lead to as many as 14.
No. 23 Oklahoma 97, TCU 67
Fort Worth, Texas — Buddy Hield scored 24 points and Oklahoma clinched the No. 2 seed in the Big 12 tournament.
TCU (9-21, 0-18) became the league’s first team in 10 years to go through the regular season without winning a conference game.
No. 1 UConn 72, Cincinnati 42
Uncasville, Conn. — American Athletic Conference player of the year Breanna Stewart scored 22 points to lead top-ranked UConn to a rout of eighth-seeded Cincinnati in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.
The Huskies, who won their regular-season conference games by an average of 37 points, will play No. 24 Rutgers in the semifinals.
No. 23 Iowa 77, Ohio State 73
Indianapolis — Theairra Taylor scored 21 points and made a go-ahead layup with 1:32 left as fifth-seeded and No. 23-ranked Iowa held on for a win over eighth-seeded Ohio State in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament.
No. 6 Tennessee 86 No. 15 Texas A&M 77
Duluth, Ga. — Isabelle Harrison had 20 points and 13 rebounds and No. 6 Tennessee held off No. 15 Texas A&M 86-77 to earn a spot in the SEC championship game. Tennessee (26-5) will play No. 12 Kentucky for the SEC title today.
No. 9 Baylor 81, Kansas 47
Oklahoma City — Nina Davis scored 20 points to help No. 9 Baylor rout Kansas in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.
Baylor, the three-time defending tournament champion, advanced to play No. 18 Oklahoma State in the semifinals today.
No. 12 Kentucky 68, No. 5 S. Carolina 58
Duluth, Ga. — Bria Goss scored 14 points and Kentucky upset South Carolina to advance to the SEC tournament championship game.
No. 18 Oklahoma St. 67, Iowa St. 57
Oklahoma City — Brittney Martin scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as fourth-seeded and Oklahoma State pulled away late to beat Iowa State in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.
No. 24 Rutgers 68, SMU 49
Uncasville, Conn. — Kahleah Copper scored 22 points and Tyler Scaife added 18 to help Rutgers rally to beat SMU in the American Athletic Conference quarterfinals.