BIG TEN: No. 22 Wisconsin 68, No. 6 Michigan 59
Ben Brust scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half and Wisconsin knocked off Michigan in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago.
Traevon Jackson had 16 points for the Badgers (22-10), who will play Indiana in the semifinals today. Ryan Evans added 12 points, six rebounds and six assist.
Trey Burke had 19 points and seven assists for Michigan (26-7), but the Big Ten Player of the Year was 8-for-22 from the field. Tim Hardaway Jr. shook off a leg injury in the first half and finished with 14 points and nine rebounds.
The Wolverines advanced with an 83-66 victory over Penn State on Thursday, setting up a sequel to one of the best games of the season. Wisconsin rallied for a 65-62 victory over Michigan on Feb. 9 when Brust hit a tying 3-pointer from just inside midcourt at the end of regulation, then hit another big 3 with 39 seconds left in overtime.
This one was lacking that sort of drama, but still had a compelling finish.
Wisconsin finally found its shooting stroke in the second half, putting together a 10-0 run to take a 29-24 lead with 15:09 to go. Brust hit a 3-pointer, Jared Berggren converted two layups and Frank Kaminsky capped the run with another 3. Michigan tried to rally, but Wisconsin had an answer each time. And the Badgers had a couple of different players step up at crucial points.
Mike Bruesewitz and Brust each hit a big 3-pointer. Evans wriggled free for a layup and a jumper to extend the lead to 49-42 with 7:56 left. Brust tacked on another 3 from the corner to extend Wisconsin’s lead to 11, forcing a Michigan timeout with 6:01 remaining.
The Wolverines then put together a 9-0 run to get within 56-54, but Kaminsky made a pull-up jumper as the final seconds of the shot clock ticked off. Burke then missed inside, Jackson went 1-for-2 at the line to make it a five-point game, and the Badgers closed it out from there.
No. 3 Indiana 80, Illinois 64
Cody Zeller scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Indiana past Illinois in the Big Ten quarterfinals.
The Hoosiers (27-5) are off to a good start after claiming their first outright conference title in two decades and earning a first-round bye.
They took control midway through the first half and withstood a mild push in the second, avenging a two-point loss at Illinois (22-12) last month. .
Zeller had another big game after scoring a season-high 25 in a win at Michigan. He was 9-of-11 from the field and hit all six free throws.
Victor Oladipo added 12 points and 11 rebounds and drew the loudest cheers with a 360-degree fastbreak dunk with 90 seconds left.
No. 8 Michigan State 59, Iowa 56
Trailing 49-43 with 5:43 left in the game, Michigan State (25-7) went on a 14-0 surge over the ensuing four minutes and held to beat Iowa and advance to play Ohio State tonight in the semifinal round.
Iowa (21-12) pulled within 57-56 on a layup by Melsahn Basabe with 1:04 to play, but did not score again.
Forward Adreian Payne led Michigan State with 18 points and 10 rebounds..
TOP 25: Maryland 83, No. 2 Duke 74
Dez Wells scored a career-high 30 points and Maryland upset Duke in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament in Greensboro, N.C.
Wells was 9-of-13 from the field and 10-of-10 from the free-throw line to lead the Terrapins (22-11).
They never trailed, held the league’s best team from 3-point range to 4-of-25 shooting from beyond the arc, and bolstered their NCAA Tournament credentials with their second consecutive win over Duke.
Mason Plumlee had 19 points to lead Duke (27-5).
No. 4 Louisville 69, No. 24 Notre Dame 57
Russ Smith scored 20 points and Peyton Siva added 12 to lead Louisville (25-8) over Notre Dame for the third consecutive year in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament. Jack Cooley and Jerian Grant both had 14 points for sixth-seeded Notre Dame (25-9).
No. 19 Syracuse 58, No. 5 Georgetown 55
Brandon Triche scored the go-ahead basket early in overtime and Syracuse advanced to the Big East championship game with a dramatic victory over Georgetown in the final conference clash of their storied heavyweight rivalry.
The Orange (26-8) will make their 15th appearance in the tournament title game and go for their sixth crown tonight at Madison Square Garden.
Triche, James Southerland and backup center Baye Moussa Keita all had 13 points for Syracuse, trying to close its Big East tenure with one more championship before bolting for the ACC next season.
The Orange held Georgetown (25-6) to 22 percent shooting from 3-point range with their trademark 2-3 zone and got a big game from their bench to avenge two previous losses to the Hoyas this season.
No. 7 Kansas 88, Iowa State 73
Perry Ellis scored a career-high 23 points, and Kansas pulled away in the second half to beat Iowa State and reach the Big 12 Tournament title game in Kansas City, Mo.
Jeff Withey and Elijah Johnson added 14 points each, and Ben McLemore finished with 10 for the Jayhawks (28-5).
Georges Niang scored 19 points and Melvin Ejim had 17 for the Cyclones (22-11)..
No. 9 Miami 69, Boston College 58
Shane Larkin scored 20 points and Miami pulled away to beat Boston College in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament in Greensboro, N.C.
Kenny Kadji added 15 points and Trey McKinney Jones finished with 12 for the top-seeded Hurricanes (25-6).
They withstood a serious scare from eighth-seeded BC (16-17), letting an early 13-point lead disappear before making all the plays down the stretch to avoid becoming the ACC’s first No. 1 seed to lose its tournament opener since 1997.
Patrick Heckmann finished with 15 points for the Eagles. His 3-pointer with 3½ minutes left tied it at 55. Durand Scott put Miami in front to stay with two free throws with 3:01 left, and Larkin took over a few moments later.
No. 13 Florida 80, LSU 58
Erik Murphy scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed a career-best 12 rebounds to help the Florida Gators take the first step toward trying to add a Southeastern Conference Tournament title to their regular season championship by beating LSU in Nashville, Tenn.
SEC commissioner Mike Slive presented Florida coach Billy Donovan with the regular season trophy before tip-off. Then the Gators (25-6) started working toward their first tournament title since 2007 when they wrapped up a three-peat. They will play Alabama in the semifinals today.
Scottie Wilbekin added 16 points, matching his career-best with four 3-pointers. Michael Frazier II had 11 and Patric Young 10 for Florida.
Ninth-seeded LSU (19-12) tried to keep up with the rested Gators but looked a step slow with too many shots just short a day after beating Georgia to advance.
Charles Carmouche led the Tigers with 14 points.
No. 16 Saint Louis 72, Charlotte 55
Dwayne Evans played through foul trouble to score 25 points on near-perfect shooting, and Saint Louis pulled away early in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament in Brooklyn.
The 16th-ranked Billikens ensured the 49ers would not be making any crazy comebacks this time by forcing 20 turnovers and turning them into 21 points. A day earlier, ninth-seeded Charlotte came from behind to shock Richmond 68-63 by hitting eight free throws in the final five seconds after the Spiders were called for three technical fouls.
Evans made his first seven field goal attempts before finally missing on one of his easiest chances of the day, a putback that bounced off the rim with just over 7½ minutes remaining.
Chris Braswell led the 49ers with 20 points and nine rebounds.
No. 21 UCLA 66, No. 18 Arizona 64
Jordan Adams scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half and UCLA beat Arizona for the third time this season to advance to the Pac-12 Tournament championship game in Las Vegas.
The Bruins (25-8) fought back from an 11-point second-half deficit. Adams triggered it, scoring 17 points in the final 9:57, including 13 in a row in one stretch. Brandon Ashley had 15 points for Arizona (25-7).
No. 20 Memphis 85, Tulsa 74
Chris Crawford scored 30 points while connecting on eight 3-pointers to set new career highs in both categories for the second consecutive game, D.J. Stephens had 10 points and 10 rebounds after attending his grandmother’s funeral earlier in the day and Memphis reached the Conference USA championship game in Tusla, Okla., by beating Tulsa.
Crawford had three 3-pointers from the right wing during a 14-4 run that put the top-seeded Tigers (29-4) in control midway through the second half after Tulsa had erased an 11-point deficit to take the lead just after halftime.
Crawford’s third 3 during the stretch made it 61-46 with 9:57 to play, and he hit two more during a 10-0 burst that prevented Tulsa (17-15) from another comeback. Scottie Haralson led Tulsa with 25 points.
No. 25 VCU 82, Saint Joseph’s 79
Treveon Graham scored 17 points, and hot-shooting Virginia Commonwealth beat Saint Joseph’s in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament in Brooklyn.
The Rams (25-7) made 11 3-pointers to build a double-digit lead in the second half before the Hawks’ (18-13) frantic comeback in the final minutes fell short.
Ohio 74, Western Michigan 63
D.J. Cooper scored 21 points with 10 assists to lead defending champion Ohio over Western Michigan in the second semifinal game. Walter Offutt added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Bobcats (24-8). Nate Hutcheson and Darius Paul, the MAC’s top freshman, scored 16 apiece for the Broncos (20-12).