Kansas routs Kansas State for Big 12 championship
Jayhawks stand alone
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Big Ten semifinals — Ryan Evans had 16 points to help 22d-ranked Wisconsin upset No. 3 Indiana, 68-56, in Chicago.
The Badgers (23-10) allowed only 7 points after the top-seeded Hoosiers pulled to within 1 with less than 10 minutes left. They earned their 12th consecutive win against Indiana, tying a record for any school against the program.
Christian Watford scored 14 points for Indiana (27-6), and Cody Zeller had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Victor Oladipo scored 10 on 4-of-12 shooting.
In the other semifinal, Aaron Craft came on strong in the second half to finish with 20 points and lead No. 10 Ohio State past No. 8 Michigan State, 61-58.
The Buckeyes (25-7) avenged a loss in last year’s championship game against the Spartans (25-8).
Keith Appling scored 16 points for the Spartans.
ACC semifinals — Durand Scott scored a career-high 32 points to help No. 9 Miami beat North Carolina State, 81-71, in Greensboro, N.C., earning its first trip to the title game.
Shane Larkin added 23 points for the top-seeded Hurricanes (26-6), who led the entire way and were up by 19 late in the first half.
Scott also had a couple of big shots that shut down comeback bids by the fifth-seeded Wolfpack (24-10), who got as close as 6 after halftime.
In the other semifinal, Dexter Strickland and Reggie Bullock scored 15 points apiece and North Carolina held on to beat Maryland, 79-76.
P.J. Hairston scored 13 points despite a heavily wrapped and injured left (non-shooting) hand for the third-seeded Tar Heels (24-9), who got an airballed 30-footer from Logan Aronhalt with about 10 seconds remaining off an inbounds play.
Alex Len had 20 points to lead seventh-seeded Maryland (22-12).
Hairston needed eight stitches to close a wound suffered in Friday night’s win over Florida State.
SEC semifinals — Kenny Boynton scored 11 straight points during a 15-0 second-half run and No. 13 Florida rallied from a 10-point deficit to beat Alabama, 61-51, in Nashville.
Held scoreless for the first 25 minutes, Boynton finished with a game-high 16 points for the the top-seeded Gators (26-6).
Trevor Releford scored 12 points for No. 4 seed Alabama (21-12).
The other semifinal saw Marshall Henderson net 23 points as Mississippi beat Vanderbilt, 64-52. The third-seeded Rebels (25-8) are in search of their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2002.
No. 10 seed Vanderbilt (16-17) lost for only the second time in eight games.
Mountain West final — Tony Snell scored 13 straight points for New Mexico, and the No. 15 Lobos (29-5) scored a 63-56 win over UNLV (25-9) in Las Vegas to add the conference tournament title to their regular-season crown.
Conference USA final — In Tulsa, Okla., Chris Crawford scored 23 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer in double overtime, and No. 20 Memphis (30-4) held on for a 91-79 win over Southern Miss (25-9) to win its seventh conference tournament title in eight years.
Pac-12 final — Carlos Emery had 20 points in Las Vegas, and Oregon (26-8) outlasted No. 21 UCLA (25-9) in a 78-69 win.
MEAC final — In Norfolk, Va., Adrian Powell had 14 points, including two free throws with 23.4 seconds to play, and blocked a potential tying 3-pointer as North Carolina A&T (19-16) handed Morgan State (17-15) a 57-54 defeat for its first conference tournament title since 1995.
Big Sky final — Montana (25-6) made the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four years by beating Weber State, 67-64. Kareem Jamar had 20 points for the host Grizzlies.
Big West final — Tony Gill had 19 points and Pacific (22-12) held off UC Irvine (20-15) to win, 64-55, in Anaheim, Calif.
Southland final — Northwestern State fended off Stephen F. Austin, 68-66, in Katy, Texas. The Demons (23-8) got 19 points from Shamir Davis. Only eight players saw action for the Lumberjacks (27-4).
SWAC final — Derick Beltran had 13 points, plus a late steal and layup, and Southern University (23-9) got its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2006 with a 45-44 win over Prairie View (15-19) in Garland, Texas.
WAC final — Sim Bhullar’s 16 points and 15 rebounds lifted New Mexico State (24-10) to a 64-55 win over Texas-Arlington (19-13) in Las Vegas.