Friday Snapshot-Conference by Conference

10 Mar

ACC: #1 North Carolina’s floor general Kendall Marshall had 13 points and 12 assists to help carry the load as John Henson left after 7 minutes with an apparent left wrist injury and did not return.  It didn’t matter as the Tar Heels dominated #8 Maryland despite 30 points from the conference’s leading scorer Terrell Stoglin.  Carolina will now face #5 NC State in the semifinals.

#5 NC State may have played their way into the NCAA tournament with a 67-64 win over #4 Virginia.  Double doubles for Mike Scott (23 points and 11 boards) and Akil Mitchell (10 points 11 rebounds) weren’t enough to overcome C.J. Leslie’s 19 points and 14 rebounds. Up next for Mark Gottfried’s team is #1 North Carolina in the semifinals.

#2 Duke survives a valiant effort from #10 Virginia Tech to outlast the Hokies 60-56 and advance to the semifinals.  The Blue Devils were led by Mason Plumlee’s 12 points and 10 rebounds in the win.

Michael Snaer had 20 points and Ian Miller added 17 as #3 Florida State delivered a blow to the at-large hopes of #6 Miami with an 82-71 win.  The Seminoles now face Duke in the semifinals tomorrow.  The Hurricanes were without guard Durand Scott who was ruled ineligible just prior to the tip for receiving impermissible benefits.

Atlantic 10: The first quarterfinal of the day and the top seed goes down.  Down 5 at the half #8 Massachusetts started the 2nd half on 20-5 to take a 51-41 lead. But #1 Temple then answered with 20-6 run of their own, In the end diminutive Chaz Williams (20 points 10 assists) and 22 turnovers did in the Owls, giving UMass a 77-71 upset and a trip to the semifinals.

#4 St. Bonaventure made just 3 of their last 6 free thows down the stretch but it was enough to beat #5 St. Joseph’s 71-68 in the quarterfinals.  Andrew Nicholson once again led the Bonnies into the next round with 25 points 10 rebounds and 4 blocks.

#2 St. Louis led nearly wire-to-wire, and survived a late run by # 7 LaSalle that saw the Explorers cut the lead to 57-56. But Kwamain Mitchell’s 15 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists propelled the Bilikens to a 78-71 victory and a spot in Saturday’s semifinals.

In what may have amounted to an NCAA elimination game #3 Xavier took out state rival #6 Dayton 70-69 in the Atlantic 10 semifinals. Trailing 69-63 Mark Lyons refused to lose, going on a 7-0 run to end the game and send the Muskateers into the semifinals against St. Louis.

Big East: Sean Kilpatrick went 6-9 from behind the arc and Yancy Gates added 18 points and 8 rebounds as #4 Cincinnati upset #1 Syracuse 71-68.  Dion Waiters did his best to carry the Orange with 27 points on 7 three pointers, the last one cut the lead to 2 with 17 seconds to play.  The Bearcats now await Louisville in the Big East Championship tomorrow.

#7 Louisville held #3 Notre Dame to 19 first half points and 12.5% from 3-point land in a 64-50 win.  The Cardinals will face former Metro Conference foe Cincinnati in the title game.

Big Ten: Top seed Michigan State shot 70% in the first half and never looked back in beating #8 Iowa 92-75. Draymond Green led the Spartans, who will now face #4 Wisconsin in the semifinals, with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists.

#4 Wisconsin pulled away from #5 Indiana late 79-71, getting an offensive boost from the unlikeliest of performers, senior Rob Wilson who averages just 3 points per game.  Wilson on the biggest stage of his career led the Badgers with an improbable 30 points on 11-16 shooting including 7 three pointers.

#2 Michigan got 30 points from freshman Trey Burke and 20 more from Tim Hardaway, Jr. to defeat #10 Minnesota 73-69 in OT.  Evan Smotrycz made his only field goal of the game, a 3-pointer with 17 seconds to play to send the game to overtime. The Wolverines now face Ohio State in the semifinals.

#3 Ohio State dismantled #6 Purdue in the 2nd half on their way to an 88-71 win and a semifinal date with rival Michigan.  The Buckeyes were led by Jared Sullinger’s 30 points and 12 rebounds and DeShaun Thomas’ 22 points.

Big 12: #4 Baylor did something in the Big 12 tournament they were unable to do in the regular season, knock off #1 Kansas 81-72 in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.  The Bears pulled off the feat with 6 guys in double figures, including Brady Heslip who hit 2 late 3-point daggers for Baylor, who will face Missouri in the title game.

#2 Missouri earned a trip to the Big 12 title game by the way of an 81-67 win over #6 Texas.  The Tigers got 46 points from Kim English and Flip Pressey and Ricardo Ratliffe added 18 points and 15 rebounds.  Missouri now gets Baylor in the championship who upset #1 Kansas in the other semifinal.  The loss leaves Texas sweating out their fate on Selection Sunday.

Big West: #1 Long Beach State survived a scare from #7 UC-Irvine to pull away and earn a 68-57 win.  The 49ers advance to the Big West title game where they will face their nemesis UC-Santa Barbara. T.J. Robinson (11 points, 10 rebounds) and James Ennis (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Casper Ware added 22 in the win.

#3 UC-Santa Barbara earned a trip to the Big West title game with a 64-52 win over #4 Cal Poly.  Orlando Johnson led the way for the Gauchos with 20 points.  UCSB now faces the team they’ve knocked out of the last two tournaments, top seed Long Beach State.

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