Mar 13, 2016 12:22 AM
Top 25 Capsules
The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) Isaiah Whitehead scored 26 points, including the deciding three-point play with 18 seconds left, and Seton Hall won the Big East Tournament for the first time in 23 years, beating No. 3 Villanova 69-67 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
Whitehead drove on the right side, flipped the ball in and was fouled. His free throw gave the Pirates a 68-67 lead. Villanova had two more chances sandwiched around a free throw by Angel Delgado, but the Pirates held on and beat the top-seeded defending champions.
It was Seton Hall's third tournament title, the others coming in 1991 and 1993.
The third-seeded Pirates (25-8) led for almost the entire game, leading by 14 points in the first half and 11 at halftime.
The Wildcats (30-4) finally started hitting from 3-point range in the second half. They tied the game four times before finally taking their first lead since 3 minutes into the game when Kris Jenkins' 3-pointer gave them a 67-64 lead with 50 seconds to play.
NO. 1 KANSAS 81, NO. 9 WEST VIRGINIA 71
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Devonte Graham matched a career-high with 27 points, Wayne Selden Jr. added 21 and Kansas overcame a remarkable performance by West Virginia's Devin Williams for a victory over the Mountaineers in the Big 12 Tournament title game.
Perry Ellis added 17 points for the Jayhawks (30-4), who almost certainly locked up the No. 1 overall seed for the NCAA Tournament by winning their 10th Big 12 Tournament championship.
Kansas trailed the Mountaineers (26-8) at the break before taking control behind Graham, their sophomore guard. He hit five 3-pointers, was 10 of 10 from the foul line and had a career-high four steals, effortlessly dealing with West Virginia's trademark pressure all night.
Williams finished with a career-best 31 points and 10 rebounds, but the junior forward was forced to carry the load by himself.
NO. 7 NORTH CAROLINA 61, NO. 4 VIRGINIA 57
WASHINGTON (AP) North Carolina held Virginia without a field goal for more than 8 minutes in the second half, and Joel Berry II scored 19 points, giving the Tar Heels a victory for their first ACC Tournament title since 2008.
Since then, coach Roy Williams had led UNC to four finals and lost each one.
Marcus Paige added 13 points for North Carolina (28-6), which won its 18th league championship.
Marcus Brogdon led Virginia (26-7) with 15 points, but the conference player of the year was limited to 6 of 22 on field-goal attempts, 2 of 9 on 3s. In all, Carolina held the Cavs to 37 percent shooting.
Now comes the NCAA Tournament and an all-but-certain No. 1 seeding.
NO. 8 OREGON 88, NO. 12 UTAH 57
LAS VEGAS (AP) Tyler Dorsey scored 23 points, Dillon Brooks added 18 and Oregon turned the Pac-12 championship game into an early rout, rolling over Utah.
Oregon and Utah (26-8) were the Pac-12's top two teams during the regular season and held up through the conference tournament, setting up a matchup worthy of a neon marquee on the Strip.
Oregon (28-6) turned it into a Duck dynasty, putting on a defensive show to sweep conference regular-season and tournament titles for the first time. The Ducks had 13 steals and scored 28 points off the Utes' 20 turnovers to win their fourth Pac-12 tournament title.
The dominating performance gave Oregon its best record after 34 games since 1938-39 and put it in position for a potential No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Jakob Poeltl had 13 points to lead the Utes.
NO. 2 MICHIGAN STATE 64, NO. 18 MARYLAND 61
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Denzel Valentine had 18 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds to lead Michigan State past Maryland in the Big Ten Tournament semifinal.
The league's player of the year sealed it with two free throws with 0.8 seconds to go, and Melo Trimble's desperation heave from 55 feet away didn't get past midcourt.
Michigan State (28-5) has won 12 of 13 and will face No. 13 Purdue in Sunday's title game.
Robert Carter Jr. had 18 points and eight rebounds to lead Maryland. Trimble finished with 11 points.
Despite making only two baskets over the final 10 minutes, the Terrapins still could have taken the lead after Valentine missed the front end of a one-and-one.
Trimble drove in for a layup, but the shot appeared to be deflected and Valentine grabbed the rebound and was immediately fouled.
NO. 13 PURDUE 76, MICHIGAN 59
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) A.J. Hammons had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Purdue beat Michigan to advance to the Big Ten Tournament championship.
Hammons made 11 of 17 shots, mostly from inside. Vince Edwards added 13 points, and Isaac Haas finished with 11.
Purdue (26-7) is seeking its first Big Ten Tournament title since 2009.
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman led Michigan with 15 points.
Eighth-seeded Michigan (22-12) was playing its third game in three days.
NO. 17 TEXAS A&M 71, LSU 38
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tonny Trocha-Morales scored 13 points and No. 17 Texas A&M trounced LSU and freshman star Ben Simmons to reach the Aggies' first conference tournament championship game since 1994.
The Aggies (26-7) will play for the Southeastern Conference Tournament title on Sunday after sharing the regular-season crown with No. 16 Kentucky. They will face the Wildcats in the title game.
Texas A&M hadn't reached a conference tourney championship since losing to Texas 22 years ago in the Southwest Conference. Now, after its eighth straight victory, it is one win away from adding its first tournament title since 1987.
Simmons finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds for fourth-seeded LSU (19-14).
NO. 16 KENTUCKY 93, GEORGIA 80
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Jamal Murray scored 26 points, Tyler Ulis added 25 and both keyed a late 11-3 run that helped Kentucky put away Georgia in a semifinal of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
Isaiah Briscoe's putback with 8:16 left put the Wildcats up 68-67 and Murray followed with two free throws. After Houston Kessler's jumper got Georgia within one, Ulis scored five points while Murray made a layup during the critical run that pushed second-seeded Kentucky ahead to stay and into Sunday's championship.
Briscoe (12 points) was also important down the stretch with a jumper and feed to Marcus Lee for a dunk as Kentucky (25-8) had to work hard to make its third straight SEC final.
Yante Maten had 20 points, J.J. Frazier 19 and Kenny Gaines 16 for sixth-seeded Georgia (19-13), which led most of the game before faltering down the stretch.