Trey Lyles scored 14 points, Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 13 points and nine rebounds and No. 1
A blue-clad sellout crowd cheered loudly as the final seconds wound down on the eight-time
Towns, who missed last month's matchup in Gainesville with strep throat, was essential in getting the Wildcats going toward history with 10 first-half points. He also grabbed six rebounds that were critical in helping Kentucky (31-0, 18-0 Southeastern Conference) slowly pull away.
Kasey Hill scored 15 points and Dorian Finney-Smith had 12 for Florida (15-16, 8-10), which couldn't keep up with the Wildcats' depth in the final 10 minutes. The Gators were outscored 46-13 in bench points alone and shot just 43 percent.
Aaron Harrison added nine points while Willie Cauley-Stein and Andrew Harrison each had eight for Kentucky, which shot 47% and outrebounded the Gators, 31-26.
Cauley-Stein had seven rebounds, while Towns had six of the Wildcats' eight blocks.
Mangok Mathiang made a 15-footer with 2.7 seconds left to give the Cardinals a stunning victory at Louisville, Ky.
Evan Notle's inbounds pass went wide to end the Cavaliers' chance for a last-second win, giving Louisville the ball back underneath its own goal. Terry Rozier made a free throw for the final margin.
Virginia's Malcom Brogdon hit his fourth 3 of the half to give Virginia a 57-56 lead with 13 seconds left. Rozier then drew a double team and found Mathiang open at the free throw line for the winner and his only points of the game. It was Mathiang's second field goal since Jan. 31.
Montrezl Harrell had 20 points and 12 rebounds in his last home game to help Louisville (24-7, 12-6) clinch the fourth seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Brogdon scored 16 of his 17 points in the second half for regular-season conference champion Virginia (28-2, 16-2).
Tyus Jones had a big second half to help the Blue Devils, who shot 59% after the break, to the victory at Chapel Hill, N.C.
Jones scored 17 of his season-high 24 in the second half for Duke (28-3, 15-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), which capitalized on a handful of key turnovers by the Tar Heels (21-10, 11-7) to finally get a fragile hold on a game in which neither team could get many second-half stops.
Quinn Cook added 20 points for Duke, including a tough floater to beat the shot clock with about 4 minutes left as the Blue Devils worked to hang on for their 11th straight win.
The latest renewal of the fierce rivalry was a competitive fight throughout, with UNC shooting 58 percent after halftime but unable to catch up once Duke finally got the game turned with about 6 1/2 minutes left.
Daniel Ochefu had 21 points and nine rebounds, JayVaughn Pinkston scored 18 points and the Wildcats rolled to their 12th straight victory with the win in Philadelphia.
Villanova (29-2, 16-2
Villanova is rolling, its aim on a No. 1 seed in the
Przemek Karnowski scored a season-high 24 points and Kyle Wiltjer added 19 to lead the
The Bulldogs (30-2) will play
Gonzaga struggled offensively in the first half and trailed 41-39 six minutes into the second half before going on a 16-0 run. At that point, the Zags led 58-42 and were never threatened.
Tim Derksen and Mark Tollefsen led
Zags point guard
Daishon Knight capped a 25-point game with two critical free throws in the closing seconds and the Redbirds rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to beat the Shockers in the semifinals of the
Reggie Lynch added 11 points, seven rebounds and five blocks for the fourth-seeded Redbirds (21-11), who were 0-2 against the regular season champions in conference play and trailed by 12 in the first half. Illinois State has won six straight and will play either No. 11
Fred VanVleet had 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Wichita State (28-4), which was 17-1 in the conference with the lone loss at Northern Iowa. VanVleet had a tough look and was offline on a 3-point attempt with 1 second remaining.
Buddy Hield scored on a tip-in with 0.2 seconds left to give the Sooners the win at Norman, Okla.
Hield got up high and got both hands on Jordan Woodard's missed layup. Hield finished with 18 points and seven rebounds to help the Sooners (21-9, 12-6
Isaiah Cousins added 16 points, TaShawn Thomas had 13, and Ryan Spangler finished with nine points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma.
Frank Mason III tied a season high with 21 points for Kansas (24-7, 13-5).
Kansas scoring leader Perry Ellis sat out after spraining his right knee against
No. 11 Northern Iowa 63, Loyola 49
Seth Tuttle led a balanced, methodical attack with 13 points and the Panthers were stingy again defensively in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament semifinals in St. Louis.
Marvin Singleton and Jeremy Morgan added 11 points apiece for the Panthers (29-3), who held
Northern Iowa beat Illinois State by one and 19 points in the regular season.
The Panthers shot 51 percent, scored 14 points off turnovers and held Loyola (19-13) without an offensive rebound. The Ramblers, who entered with a three-game winning streak and scored 81 points in the quarterfinals, shot 46 percent but were outrebounded 27-18 overall.
Jerian Grant had 19 points and eight assists, Zach Auguste added 19 points and the Irish shot 55% in cruising to the win at South Bend, Ind.
Jaron Blossomgame kept Clemson in the game for a while, scoring the first seven points and 13 of the
Auguste scored five points during a 7-0 run late in the first half to open an 11-point lead and the Irish hit three 3-pointers early in the second half and used a 10-3 spurt to go ahead 55-38. Notre Dame (26-5, 14-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) finished with the most regular-season victories in school history. Clemson (16-14, 8-10) lost for the sixth time in its last eight games.
Keith Hornsby hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give LSU the win at Fayetteville, Ark. The Tigers (22-9, 11-7 Southeastern Conference) hit 3-pointers on their final two possessions to erase a 3-point deficit. Jalyn Patterson's 3-pointer with 57.8 seconds left tied the score, 78-78.
Alandise Harris made six free throws and Anthlon Bell added a 3-pointer in the closing minutes to give Arkansas the lead. The Razorbacks (24-7, 13-5) trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half.
Devin Williams tied a career-high with 22 points to lead the Mountaineers to the win in Morgantown, W.Va., in the teams' regular-season finale.
Daxter Miles Jr. added 15 points for the Mountaineers (23-8, 11-7
Jeff Newberry scored a career-high 23 points on 8 of 11 shooting for Oklahoma State. Anthony Hickey added 17 points, Phil Forte had 13 and
Roosevelt Jones scored 16 points and Kellen Dunham had 15 as the Bulldogs hung on for the win at Providence, R.I.
Reserve Kelan Martin added 14 points for the Bulldogs (22-9, 12-6 Big East), who won for the ninth time in 12 games.The teams entered the final day of conference season in a three-way tie for second in the Big East with
Kris Dunn led Providence (21-10, 11-7) with 23 points, six assists and four steals. Tyler Harris had 17 points on 7 of 12 shooting. LaDontae Henton, a senior and the Big East's leading scorer, had eight points on 2 of 10 shooting.
Taylor Barnette hit a 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds left, and Belmont upset Murray State to win the
The Bruins (22-10) improved to 7-1 in conference tournament finals — all in the past decade. Murray State had one last chance, but T.J. Sapp's deep 3 came nowhere near the basket before the buzzer.
Murray State (27-5) couldn't add a perfect run through the tournament to the first undefeated league record in the program's history. The Racers snapped a 25-game winning streak that had been second only to No. 1 Kentucky.
Belmont clinches NCAA bid with OVC title
Gabas Maldunas banked in a layup in the final second and