Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules
(Saturday, March 15th)
Final Score: (1) Florida 56, Tennessee 49
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Patric Young had 16 points, Scottie Wilbekin scored 14 and top-ranked Florida came back to beat Tennessee 56-49 on Saturday to advance to the final of the SEC Tournament. Casey Prather added 12 points for Florida (31-2), which stretched its school-record winning streak to 25 games but not without another poor start. Wilbekin's 3-pointer at the end of the first half cut a 10-point deficit to 35-28. The Gators then outscored the Volunteers 28-14 in the second half to set up a meeting with rival Kentucky in Sunday's final. On Friday, Florida was tied with Missouri at halftime before outscoring the Tigers 43-20 the rest of the way. Jordan McRae scored 15 points to lead the fourth-seeded Volunteers (21-12), who had a five-game winning streak snapped. Jarnell Stokes added 13 points in the loss and Jeronne Maymon had 10.
Final Score: UCLA 75, (4) Arizona 71
Las Vegas, NV (SportsNetwork.com) - UCLA had missed 12-of-13 shots against Arizona's stifling defense before Jordan Adams rose up and hit the biggest one of the Pac-12 Tournament. Adams' go-ahead 3-pointer with 43 seconds left lifted the Bruins to a 75-71 win over the Wildcats in a Pac-12 Championship Game thriller. The game was tied 68-68 before Adams used a flare screen to create separation from Nick Johnson and fired a left wing triple over the Pac-12 Player of the Year. Aaron Gordon airballed a left corner trey at the other end, but Kyle Anderson missed the front end of a 1-and-1 to give Arizona another chance to tie. Johnson and Gabe York, though, were unable to connect on their 3-point attempts and David Wear sunk two foul shots with five seconds remaining to seal UCLA's first Pac-12 Tournament title since 2008 in its first year under new head coach Steve Alford. Kyle Anderson tallied 21 points, 15 rebounds and five assists, while Adams added 19 points for the second-seeded Bruins (26-8), who shot 25.9 percent (7-of-27) in the second half after hitting on 58.1 percent (18-of-31) in the first half. UCLA finished at 43.1 percent (25-of-58) for the game. Johnson netted 22 points to lead top-seeded Arizona (30-4), which was looking for its first Pac-12 Tournament Championship in 12 years. The Wildcats have reached the title game in three of the last four seasons.
Final Score: (5) Louisville 71, (21) Connecticut 61
Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Louisville's one-year stop in the American Athletic Conference ended with a tournament title. Montrezl Harrell scored 22 points, Russ Smith had 19 and the fifth-ranked Cardinals rolled to a 71-61 win over No. 21 Connecticut in the conference's first-ever championship game Saturday. Chris Jones added 11 points and Harrell pulled down a game- high 11 rebounds for the Cardinals (29-5), who pushed their winning streak to five games going into the NCAA Tournament. DeAndre Daniels had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Connecticut (26-8) while Shabazz Napier scored 16 and Amida Brimah added 14 points. Louisville won the Big East Tournament three times in the last five seasons it played in the conference, including the final two, and will move on to the ACC next season. The reigning national- champion Cardinals beat UConn for the third time this season, including an 81-48 rout on March 8.
Final Score: (6) Virginia 51, Pittsburgh 48
Greensboro, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Virginia is headed to the ACC Tournament final for the first time since 1994 after pulling out a hard-fought 51-48 victory over Pittsburgh in another close finish at Greensboro Coliseum. Joe Harris scored 12 points while Malcolm Brogdon and Anthony Gill each netted 10 for the sixth-ranked Cavaliers (27-6), who will face Duke in Sunday's tourney finale. The Blue Devils upended NC State following Virginia's win. Gill made two critical free throws in the closing seconds, and Justin Anderson blocked James Robinson's potential tying 3-point try in front of the Panthers' bench as the final buzzer sounded. Pittsburgh (25-9), a day after knocking off North Carolina in the quarterfinals, shot just 36.7 percent from the floor and 3-of-14 from 3-point range. Lamar Patterson and Talib Zanna each scored 15 points in the setback. Much like the only regular season meeting -- one taken by Virginia in a slim 48-45 decision on Feb. 2 -- Saturday's showdown was played at a deliberately slow pace.
Final Score: (7) Duke 75, North Carolina State 67
Greensboro, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Jabari Parker scored 20 points, Rasheed Sulaimon added 16 and No. 7 Duke pulled away from NC State in the second half for a 75-67 victory in ACC Tournament semifinal action. The Blue Devils (26-7) will try to extend their record with a 20th ACC tourney title on Sunday against Virginia, which edged Pittsburgh in a defensive slugfest earlier Saturday at Greensboro Coliseum. Duke, which came in as the No. 3 seed, showed some shutdown ability itself in holding the Wolfpack to 35.5 percent shooting after the break. The perennial contenders received their usual balanced offensive production with 14 points apiece from Rodney Hood and Quinn Cook, and wound up shooting 57.1 percent overall. T.J. Warren netted 21 points to lead the Wolfpack (21-13), but the conference Player of the Year missed nine of his 13 shots in the second half.
Final Score: (8) Michigan 72, (24) Ohio State 69
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Caris LeVert posted 17 points with a game-high eight rebounds to lead eighth-ranked Michigan into the Big Ten Championship with a 72-69 takedown of rival No. 24 Ohio State on Saturday. Nik Stauskas netted 18 and Glenn Robinson III scored 11 for Michigan (25-7), which has won seven straight. Jordan Morgan and Derrick Walton Jr. had eight points and five boards apiece for the Wolverines, who will take on Michigan State in Sunday's finals. LaQuinton Ross paced OSU (25-9) with 19 points in the setback, while Shannon Scott tallied 18 points, six assists and five boards. The Buckeyes had won all six previous meetings in the Big Ten Tournament between the two schools.
Final Score: (22) Michigan State 83, (12) Wisconsin 75
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Adreian Payne led six Michigan State players in double figures with 18 points as the 22nd-ranked Spartans held off No. 12 Wisconsin, 83-75, to advance to the finals of the Big Ten Tournament. Branden Dawson netted 14 points with seven rebounds while Gary Harris and Denzel Valentine donated 12 apiece for the Spartans (25-8), who won back-to- back games for the first time since an 11-game winning streak was snapped on Jan. 25. Keith Appling had 10 points and six assists and Travis Trice scored 11 off the bench for MSU, which will take on Michigan in Sunday's finals. The Wolverines swept the season series. Wisconsin (26-7) lost despite a game- high 28 points from Frank Kaminsky, who hit all eight of his free throw attempts in the setback. Sam Dekker and Ben Brust each added 11 points. The Badgers will enter the NCAA Tournament having lost two of three on the heels of eight consecutive victories.
Final Score: (23) VCU 74, George Washington 55
Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Treveon Graham scored 22 points and No. 23 VCU pulled away for a 74-55 win over George Washington on Saturday to earn a trip to the final of the Atlantic 10 Tournament. Briante Weber added 16 points for the second-seeded Rams (26-7), who will face Saint Joseph's on Sunday at Barclays Center. The fourth-seeded Hawks spoiled St. Bonaventure's run with a 67-48 win in the first semifinal game Isaiah Armwood scored 15 points to lead third-seeded George Washington (24-8), Nemanja Mikic had 12 and Kevin Larsen chipped in 10. Larsen was blocked by Mo Alie-Cox, setting up a Graham's NBA- range 3-pointer at the other end to cap a 7-1 VCU burst that gave the Rams a 60-51 lead with under six minutes to play. The advantage reached 11 points moments later on Alie-Cox's tip-in and VCU coasted down the stretch.
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