BIG TEN: No. 6 Michigan 83, Penn State 66
No costly mistakes this time. No problems at the foul line. No big turnovers, either.
When Michigan pulled away from Penn State in Chicago, Trey Burke and Co. just poured it on.
Burke scored 21 points and the Wolverines beat the Nittany Lions in the first round of the Big Ten tournament, avenging a shocking loss during the regular season.
“It was a lot of motivation coming into this game,” Michigan guard Tim Hardaway Jr. said. “We knew what they did to us at Happy Valley and we really wanted to do a great job just going into the game, sticking to the game plan, and just playing Michigan basketball.”
Hardaway and Nik Stauskas each had 15 points for the Wolverines (26-6), who will play Wisconsin in the quarterfinals today. Freshman reserve Mitch McGary added 10 points and 11 rebounds, helping Michigan to a 28-15 advantage in second-chance points.
“Their bigs did a tremendous job today,” Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. “I think that was really the difference. The bigs finished. They hurt us on the offensive glass as well.”
D.J. Newbill scored 20 points for the Nittany Lions (10-21), who faded after a fast start. Sasa Borovnjak scored 10 of his 15 points in the first half, and Ross Travis finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
The Wolverines were eager to avenge a shaky performance against the Nittany Lions two weeks ago, when Michigan blew a 15-point lead in the second half of an 84-78 loss.
“It was obviously in the back of our head that we were up 15 points with 10 minutes left at Penn State and that they’re capable of coming back and winning the game,” Burke said.
This one had a much different finish, with the Wolverines breaking open a close game with an 18-3 run in the second half. Hardaway got it started with a jumper and Morgan added a layup to make it 50-45 with 13:36 left. After Jermaine Marshall scored inside for Penn State, Burke made another jumper and the rout was on.
Jon Horford converted a three-point play and Hardaway dunked on a fast break to extend the lead to 64-48 with 9:49 remaining.
“They played some great basketball, that’s all I can say,” Newbill said. “They hit shots, we missed shots.”
The Nittany Lions bolted to a 14-3 lead with 14:27 left in the first half.
Michigan eventually settled down and led 35-33 at halftime. McGary had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the first half, providing a big lift after Morgan got off to a slow start.
Nebraska 57, Purdue 55
Shavon Shields scored 19 points, Brandon Ubel added 16 points and eight rebounds and Nebraska beat Purdue. The Cornhuskers (15-17) hung on after Purdue’s Terone Johnson missed two shots in the closing seconds and will meet Ohio State in the quarterfinals today.
They started the second half on a 9-0 run to turn a two-point lead into a 39-28 advantage and withstood a late push by the Boilermakers (15-17) to come away with a surprising victory.
It was 54-53 after Purdue’s D.J. Byrd made a 3-pointer with 40 seconds left. Nebraska’s Ray Gallegos then made the first free throw and missed the second, but the Cornhuskers recovered the ball.
Ubel then hit the second foul shot after missing the first to make it 56-53 with 28.6 seconds left. Byrd put back a missed 3 by Ronnie Johnson to pull Purdue within one with 13 seconds left. Gallegos made 1-of-2 free-throw attempts to make it a two-point game.
Illinois 51, Minnesota 49
Brandon Paul scored 25 points and hit a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer to lead Illinois over Minnesota in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.
Illinois (22-11) led by as much as 12 but was trailing by three when D.J. Richardson nailed a 3 with 47 seconds left to tie it at 49. The Gophers (20-12) had a chance to win it, but Austin Hollins stepped on the sideline after catching an inbounds pass with 14 seconds left. Paul then raced up the court and pulled up for the winner as time expired.
Iowa 73, Northwestern 59
Devyn Marble scored 19 points to help Iowa hold on for an important victory over Northwestern (13-19). Mike Gesell added 11 points, including a clinching three-point play with 1:41 left as the Hawkeyes (21-11) continued their late-season push for a spot in the NCAA Tournament with their eighth victory in 10 games.
TOP 25: No. 4 Louisville 74, Villanova 55
Russ Smith scored 28 points in a bittersweet homecoming, leading Louisville into the Big East tournament semifinals only hours after the death of his esteemed high school coach.
Smith and the defending champion Cardinals (27-5) harassed Villanova into 25 turnovers and advanced to play Notre Dame or Marquette in the late game Friday night at Madison Square Garden.
Luke Hancock added 12 points off the bench for second-seeded Louisville, which has won eight straight — seven by at least 14 points. Peyton Siva, the tournament MVP last year, scored 10.
JayVaughn Pinkston had 21 points for the seventh-seeded Wildcats (20-13). Mouphtaou Yarou added 13 points and 11 rebounds.
No. 5 Georgetown 62, Cincinnati 43
Otto Porter Jr. scored 18 points and fifth-ranked Georgetown advanced to the Big East tournament semifinals by pulling away from Cincinnati (22-11). Markel Starks had 14 points and reserve D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera added 13, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer that sparked a game-turning run for the top-seeded Hoyas (25-5).
Georgetown squandered an early 16-point cushion and fell behind briefly in the second half before clamping down with its signature defense.
Georgetown, looking for its first title since 2007, improved to 15-1 as the top seed in the Big East tournament.
No. 7 Kansas 91, Texas Tech 63
Ben McLemore scored 24 points to lead Kansas to a rout of Texas Tech, setting up an intriguing date with Iowa State in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, Mo.
The regular-season co-champion, Kansas was pushed by Texas Tech in their meeting in Lubbock earlier this season, but used a big run early in the second half to put this one away early.
The Jayhawks (27-5) shot 66 percent from the field (31-of-47). Dejan Kravic scored 20 points and Dusty Hannahs added 15 for the Red Raiders (11-20).
No. 11 Kansas State 66, Texas 49
Rodney McGruder scored 24 points and sparked an 11-0 run in the second half, lifting Kansas State past Texas in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, Mo. McGruder also had a team-leading seven rebounds as the Wildcats (26-6) whipped the Longhorns for the third time.
Julien Lewis scored 13 points and Jonathan Holmes had 10 for Texas (16-17), which trailed almost the entire game.
No. 24 Notre Dame 73, No. 12 Marquette 65
Notre Dame (25-8) outscored Marquette (23-8) 34-24 over the final 10 minutes of the game to rally from a 41-39 deficit and advance in the Big East tournament. Pat Connaughton led the Irish with 18 points.
No. 14 Oklahoma State 74, Baylor 72
Phil Forte hit two free throws with 2.9 seconds left and Oklahoma State survived after blowing a 20-point lead to beat Baylor in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament. Marcus Smart scored 21 points and LeBryan Nash had 14 for the Cowboys (24-7), who built a big first-half lead and then watched it all disappear as the Bears (18-14) desperately fought back.
No. 18 Arizona 79, Colorado 69
Nick Johnson scored 18 points and hit a contested shot with 34 seconds left, helping Arizona beat Colorado in the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals in Las Vegas.
Arizona (25-6) led by 14 in the second half, but had trouble shaking the desperate Buffaloes (21-11). Johnson hit his shot between three defenders to put the Wildcats up four and followed teammate Mark Lyons’ two free throws by swatting Askia Booker’s 3-point attempt into Colorado’s bench. Lyons had 14 points and Solomon Hill 13 for Arizona.
No. 19 Syracuse 62, No. 17 Pittsburgh 59
James Southerland had a second consecutive great effort from 3-point range and Michael Carter-Williams scored Syracuse’s last seven points as the Orange held off Pittsburgh in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.
Southerland had 20 points as he did in a win over Seton Hall. The senior was 6-for-6 on 3s against Pittsburgh. Carter-Williams had 11 points and seven assists for the Orange (25-8). Lamar Patterson had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Panthers (24-8).
No. 20 Memphis 81, Tulane 68
Chris Crawford set career-highs with 24 points and six 3-pointers, Adonis Thomas scored 17 points and Memphis beat Tulane in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament in Tulsa, Okla.
The Tigers (28-4) took control by scoring the final 14 points of the first half, with Crawford hitting a pair of 3-pointers and then soaring for a right-handed dunk on a fast break to finish it off and make it 44-27. Josh Davis had 21 points and 15 rebounds to lead eighth-seeded Tulane (19-14).
No. 21 UCLA 80, Arizona State 75
Shabazz Muhammad scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half, Travis Wear hit a jumper with 11 seconds left and UCLA rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat Arizona State in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas.
Muhammad scored 10 points during a 17-4 second-half run and Wear hit a long jumper to put the Bruins (24-8) up 78-75.
MID-AMERICAN: Western Michigan 70, Eastern Michigan 55
Western Michigan trailed for most of the first half, but over the last 4:45 of the first half, the Broncos put together a 10-1 run and held the Eagles (16-18) without a field goal over that stretch.
After the 2:53 mark in the first half, the Broncos never trailed the rest of the game. Shane Whittington led the Broncos (20-11) with 23 points and eight rebounds.