Saturday Snapshot: The Regular Season Swan Song

4 Mar

Marquette 83 Georgetown 69: Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson-Odom Combined for 43 points and Crowder added 14 rebounds to lead the Golden Eagles to a resounding victory over the Hoyas.  The win clinched the 2nd seed for Marquette in the upcoming Big East Tournament.  Hollis Thompson and Otto Porter both poured in 19 for Georgetown, who will be the #4 seed.

Murray State 54 Tennessee State 52: Isaiah Canaan and Donte Poole both had 14 points to lead the Racers in a come-from-behind win, claiming the Ohio Valley Championship and the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Jewaun Long’s layup with 4.4 seconds left was the difference maker.

Illinois State 65 Wichita State 64: The top-seeded Shockers were knocked off in the Missouri Valley Semifinals. The Redbirds got 25 points from Tyler Brown, including two free throws with 6.4 seconds left to give Illinois State the lead.  Jackie Carmichael added 12 points and 11 rebounds in the upset. Ben Smith led the Shockers with 14 points and 13 rebounds.  Wichita State must now wait until Selection Sunday to find out their at-large status.

UNC-Asheville 80 VMI 64: The Bulldogs used a balanced attack that saw all five starters score in double figures, led by Jeremy Atkinson’s 18 points to secure their ticket to the NCAA Tournament and win the Big South Championship.

In the, “Nobody wants to win this conference” PAC-12 both Washington 75-69 to UCLA and Colorado 83-69 to Oregon State suffered key road losses on Saturday.

Creighton 99 Evansville 71: The BlueJays made a statement in their semifinal win over Evansville, with 5 guys in double figures, led by Gregory Echenique’s 20.  They will now face Illinois State for the Missouri Valley Championship.  The BlueJays are 2-0 against Illinois State this season, beating them by an average of 18 points.

Syracuse 58 Louisville 49: In an ugly game that saw Louisville shoot 2-23 from 3-point land, the Orange clinched the Big East title and the top seed in the Big East Tournament.

Things remained status quo in the race for the Ivy League title as Penn beat Yale 68-47 led by Zack Rosen’s 20 points.  The conference leader, for now, Harvard escaped with a hard fought 67-63 win over Cornell. If Penn beats Princeton on Tuesday they will force a 1-game playoff with Harvard to decide the Ivy League’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

North Carolina 88 Duke 70: The Tar Heels had all 5 starters in double figures including double doubles from Tyler Zeller (19 pts 10 rebounds), John Henson (13 pts 10 rebounds) and Kendall Marshall (20 pts 10 assists) to not only defeat their arch rival but claim the ACC regular season title.

Iowa State 80 Baylor 72: Scott Christpherson’s 23 points led 5 Cyclones in double figures as they outdueled Pierre Jackson who had 35 points for Baylor in the loss.  Royce White added 11 points and 11 rebounds in the win.

Belmont 83 Florida Gulf Coast 69: The Bruins overcame an early spurt by the underdogs from FCGU, to claim their second straight Atlantic Sun Championship.  The Bruins had 5 players in double figures, including Kerron Johnson’s 14 point and 11 rebounds to help pace the Bruins.

Long Beach State is no longer undefeated in the Big West as their quest for an undefeated season was thwarted by Cal-State Fullerton in the regular-season finale 77-74.  The Beach is still the #1 seed heading into the tournament in Anaheim, but its at-large hopes took a bit of a hit with this loss.

Long Beach State wasn’t the only undefeated conference leader to fall in its regular season finale.  Texas-Arlington was 15-0 in the Southland before they went into San Antonio and fell at the hands of UT-San Antonio 97-88.

San Diego State 92 TCU 88 OT: The Aztecs needed an extra 5 minutes but they secured the #1 seed in the Mountain West Tournament with a victory at TCU.  A healthy Jamaal Franklin scorched the Horned Frogs for a career-high 35 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists in the win.

There will be no 3-peat for the Butler Bulldogs as they were beaten handily by the top seeded Valparaiso Crusaders 65-46 in the semifinals of the Horizon League Tournament.  Ryan Broekhoff led the victors with 19 points and 17 rebounds.

In the Colonial, the top 4 seeds advanced to the semifinals, but barely.  George Mason needed a layup from Bryan Allen with 4 seconds left to escape Georgia State 61-59.  The other top seeds had little trouble as top seeded Drexel beat UNC-Wilmington 59-47.  Old Dominion cruised past Delaware 88-74, thanks to 24 points from Kent Bazemore, and VCU handled Northeastern 75-65.

St. Mary’s 83 San Francisco 78: Clint Steindl scored 18 of his 19 points on six 3-pointers as the Gaels moved onto the West Coast Conference tournament final.

Gonzaga 77 BYU 58:  Bubble teams across the country breathed another sigh of relief as freshman Kevin Pangos was not fazed by the bright lights of March.  He knocked in 30 points to lead the Bulldogs into the West Coast Conference title game against top-seeded St. Mary’s.

Other Notables:

Temple clinched the Atlantic 10 top seed with an 80-60 win over Fordham, the Owls had all 5 starters in double figures.

Memphis finds itself in familiar territory, once again atop Conference USA thanks to 30 points from Will Barton in a 78-66 win over Tulsa.

Brock Motum had 27 of Washington State’s 43 points in the Cougars’ 43-38 win over USC.

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