Top 25 Capsules
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Devon Hall scored 17 points in his final game at John Paul Jones Arena and No. 1 Virginia outlasted Notre Dame 62-57 on Saturday.
No. 15 MICHIGAN 75, No. 2 MICHIGAN STATE 64
NEW YORK (AP) – Mo Wagner scored 14 of his 15 points after a dreadful first half and fifth-seeded Michigan moved within a game of its second straight Big Ten Tournament title.
Miles Bridges had 17 points to lead Michigan State, which had a 13-game winning streak snapped.
No. 3 XAVIER 65, DePAUL 62
Bluiett became the school’s all-time leader in 3-pointers, making four to give him 310 in his career.
Wright improved to 413-165 since he took the job in 2001 and has led the Wildcats to the 2009 Final Four and 2016 national championship. He matched Al Severance, who went 413-201 from 1936-1961.
The Wildcats (27-4, 14-4) head to Madison Square Garden as the No. 2 seed after their run of four straight regular-season conference titles was ended by Xavier.
Jesse Govan scored 30 points on 10-of-15 shooting for the Hoyas (15-14, 5-13).
No. 5 DUKE 73, No. 9 NORTH CAROLINA 64
Grayson Allen added 15 points in his final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, and Gary Trent Jr. had 13 points – including three 3-pointers in the final 10 minutes – to help the Blue Devils (25-6, 13-5) clinch the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.
Duke was 8 of 15 from 3-point range in the second half – the Blue Devils made just 1 of 10 from that distance in the first half – and outrebounded North Carolina 24-13 after halftime.
Cameron Johnson scored 16 points for the Tar Heels (22-9, 11-7),
OKLAHOMA STATE 82, No. 6 KANSAS 64
Devonte’ Graham, the reigning Big 12 Player of the Week, scored 15 points and had eight assists for the Jayhawks (24-7, 13-5), who had a five-game winning streak snapped.
No. 7 GONZAGA 83, LOYOLA MARYMOUNT 69
Zach Norvell Jr. had 17 points as top-seeded Gonzaga (28-4) could not pull away until 5 minutes left in the game, despite shooting 61 percent from the field, including 19 of 24 (79 percent) in the second half. This was Bulldogs’ 12th straight win, and 15th at the WCC Tournament.
No. 8 PURDUE 78, PENN STATE 70
Third-seeded Purdue (28-5) faces No. 5 Michigan, which will try to repeat as tournament champs on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) – Keenan Evans scored 23 points and Texas Tech stopped a four-game losing streak.
Evans had his first double-digit scoring game since a toe injury that sidelined him at halftime of a loss to Baylor that started the skid when the Red Raiders (23-8, 11-7) were in sole possession of the Big 12 lead.
No. 14 AUBURN 79, SOUTH CAROLINA 70.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) – Bryce Brown scored 29 points, making eight 3-pointers, and Auburn claimed a share of the Southeastern Conference title.
The Tigers (25-6, 13-5) earned the top seed in next week’s SEC Tournament with their first regular-season title since 1999 and third overall.
Brown led a comeback after Auburn trailed by 14 points midway through the first half, busted out of a shooting slump in a big way. He made 8 of 12 3-pointers after going 7 for 39 over the previous four games while nursing foot and shoulder injuries.
Frank Booker led South Carolina (16-15, 7-11) with 27 points and 10 rebounds.
The Vols (23-7, 13-5) share the SEC regular-season title with Auburn.
Tennessee is getting a share of its first league crown since 2008 after being picked to finish 13th out of 14 teams by the league’s media before the season.
The Vols have won four straight and 11 of their last 13. Tennessee’s latest victory ended Georgia’s five-game winning streak in this series.
Yanta Maten had 18 points for Georgia (16-14, 7-11).
It was an opportunity for Syracuse (19-12, 8-10 Atlantic Coast Conference) to fill the biggest void on its resume – the lack of a marquee win – and the Orange capitalized. They were coming off a 15-point loss at Boston College, which put a big dent in their postseason hopes.
Clemson (22-8, 11-7) entered the game ranked eighth in RPI and already assured of its first NCAA Tournament berth in seven years. The Tigers finished 4-6 on the road and suffered just their second loss this season after leading at halftime.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – Deandre Ayton had 26 points and 20 rebounds, helping Arizona clinch the Pac-12 regular-season title outright.
Arizona (24-7, 14-4) had a hard time shaking the Bears (8-23, 2-16).
Arizona closed the game with a 13-1 run, finishing off its fifth Pac-12 title in six seasons.
Allonzo Trier, Arizona’s second-leading scorer, had a rough final home game of the 2017-18 season, finishing with two points on 1-of-10 shooting, including 0 for 7 on 3-pointers.
TEXAS 87, No. 20 WEST VIRGINIA 79, OT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Matt Coleman and Kerwin Roach II each scored 22 points and Texas used an 11-0 run early in overtime to pull away from West Virginia for a victory that was critical to the Longhorns‘ NCAA Tournament hopes.
The Longhorns (18-13, 8-10 Big 12) were in desperate need of a big late-season win to shore up an inconsistent resume and got it in their seventh overtime game of the season.
The conference’s worst offensive team made 11 3-pointers, including two in overtime by Coleman and Jacob Young, and shot 57 percent from the field.
West Virginia led 48-42 early in the second half before Texas ripped off a 15-2 run keyed by a pair of 3-pointers from Dylan Osetkowski, who made five in the game. The Mountaineers forced overtime on Jevon Carter’s driving reverse layup with 1.6 seconds left in regulation.
Jericho Sims had 17 points and eight rebounds for Texas, which lost by 35 to West Virginia in January.
Lamont West scored 15 for West Virginia (22-9, 11-7), which had five players in double figures.
SAN DIEGO STATE 79, No. 21 NEVADA 74
The victory, coupled with Wyoming’s loss at Boise State, means the Aztecs (19-10, 11-7) avoid a play-in game in Las Vegas on Wednesday and will instead start in the quarterfinals on Thursday. SDSU won its sixth straight game.
Jordan Caroline scored eight of Nevada’s final 10 points in the last 3 minutes and finished with 29 for the Wolf Pack (26-6, 15-3), who had already clinched their second straight regular-season title and the No. 1 seed.
No. 22 SAINT MARY’S 69, PEPPERDINE 66
The 10th-seeded Waves (6-26) led most of the way and missed four potential tying 3-pointers in the final 26 seconds.
Saint Mary’s will face No. 3 seed BYU in the tournament semifinals Monday.
The Gators (20-11, 11-7) won their third straight, swept Kentucky for the first time in four years and secured the No. 3 seed in next week’s Southeastern Conference Tournament.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led Kentucky (21-10, 10-8) with 17 points.
MARSHALL 76, No. 24 MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE 67
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