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NCAA Recaps

Kansas Drills West Virginia, Wins Big 12 Tournament 

(Kansas City, MO)  --  Kansas got hot from beyond the arc as they drilled West Virginia 81-70 to win the Big 12 Tournament Championship in Kansas City.  The Jayhawks shot 15-of-27 from deep, led by six threes from Malik Newman.  He finished with a team-high 20 points.  Devontae Graham poured in 18 points and 13 assists for Kansas, which improved to 27-and-7 and locked up an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.  Daxter Miles Junior led the Mountaineers with 25 points in defeat.  Jevon Carter added 17 points and nine assists as West Virginia fell to 24-and-10.  They have a good chance at an at-large bid into the Big Dance. 

Tennessee Crushes Arkansas In SEC Semifinals 

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Volunteers jumped out to a 19-point lead at halftime and held on to crush Arkansas 84-6 in the SEC Tournament semifinals in St. Louis.  Jordan Bone led the charge with 19 points, and Admiral Schofield added 16 for the Vols.  Tennessee improved to 25-and-7 and will meet Kentucky in the SEC Tournament Championship Game on Sunday.  Daryl Macon led the Razorbacks with 19 points in defeat.  Arkansas failed to rally in the second half and dropped to 23-and-11.  

Gabriel, Kentucky Streaks Past Alabama 

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Wenyen Gabriel nailed all seven of his three-point attempts as Kentucky streaked past Alabama 86-63 in the SEC Tournament semifinals in St. Louis.  Gabriel finished with a team-high 23 points off the bench for the Wildcats, who will face Tennessee for a chance at their fourth straight SEC Tournament title tomorrow.  Shea Gilgeous-Alexander added 19 points and eight assists for Kentucky, which improved to 23-and-10.  Collin Sexton finished with a team-high 21 points for the Crimson Tide.  Alabama dropped to 19-and-15 and will learn its postseason fate Sunday. 

Villanova Tops Providence In OT To Win Big East Title 

(New York, NY)  --  Jalen Brunson scored 31 points to lead Villanova past Providence 76-66 in overtime to win the Big East Tournament championship at Madison Square Garden.  Nova squandered a 12-point second-half lead but outscored the Friars 16-6 in OT to secure the victory.  Mikal Bridges was the only other Wildcat in double-figures with 25 points.  Villanova improved to 30-and-4 and will likely earn a top-seed when the NCAA Tournament field is released on Sunday.  Alpha Diallo led Providence with 22 points and 10 rebounds while Kyron Cartwright scored 19 in defeat.  The Friars are 21-and-13 and will hope for an at-large bid into the "Big Dance." 

Cavaliers Win ACC Tourney, Top Tar Heels 

(Brooklyn, NY)  --  Number-one Virginia beat defending national champion North Carolina 71-63 in the ACC Tournament championship game at the Barclays Center.  Tournament MVP Kyle Guy scored 16 points and Devon Hall 15 for the Cavaliers.  Virginia will take a 31-and-2 record into the NCAA Tournament.  Luke May led North Carolina with 20 points, while Joel Berry the Second finished with 17 points.  The 11th-ranked Tar Heels dropped to 25-and-10 and await an at-large bid to the "Big Dance.". 

Arizona Clobbers USC To Win Pac-12 Title 

(Las Vegas, NV)  --  Deandre Ayton dominated with 32 points and 18 rebounds as Arizona clobbered USC 75-61 to win the Pac-12 Conference Tournament in Las Vegas.  The Wildcats trailed by three at the half but outscored the Trojans 45-28 in the second to secure the conference crown.  Dusan Ristic pitched in with 16 points and Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 10 in the winning effort.  U-of-A heads into the NCAA Tournament at 27-and-7.  Nick Rakocevic paced Southern Cal with 13 points as it fell to 23-and-11.  The Trojans will hope for an at-large bid into the "Big Dance" on Selection Sunday. 

San Diego State Edges New Mexico In MWC Title 

(Las Vegas, NV)  --  Trey Kell exploded for 28 points to lead San Diego State past New Mexico 82-75 in the Mountain West Conference tournament championship in Las Vegas.  Max Montana nailed a three pointer at the 6:19 mark of the second half to put the Aztecs ahead 65-63.  Malik Pope added 16 points for San Diego State, which earned its ninth-straight win.  The Aztecs will return to the NCAA Tournament after missing it the past two seasons.  Antino Jackson was the high-man for New Mexico with 17 points.  At 19-and-15, the Lobos will await their postseason fate on Sunday. 

Cincinnati Rallies Past Memphis In AAC Semifinals 

(Orlando, FL)  --  Cincinnati erased an 13-point halftime deficit as it rallied past Memphis 70-60 in the AAC Tournament semifinals in Orlando.  Jarron Cumberland scored a team-high 18 points for the Bearcats, who outscored Memphis 41-18 in the second half to pull away.  Gary Clark added 17 points and 12 rebounds for 29-and-4 Cincinnati, which plays Houston in the AAC title game on Sunday.  Jamal Johnson led the Tigers with 17 points, but he didn't score in the second half.  Memphis made just five field goals in the second and dropped to 21-and-13. 

Gray, Houston Outlast Wichita State In AAC Semifinals 

(Orlando, FL)  --  Rob Gray's late game heroics boosted Houston to a 77-74 win over Wichita State at the AAC Tournament semifinals in Orlando.  Gray made a steal and then assisted on Galen Robinson's go-ahead lay-up with 97 seconds left to put the Cougars up for good.  Gray sealed the win with two late free throws and finished with 33 points for Houston, which faces Cincinnati in the AAC title game Sunday.  Landry Shamet led Wichita State with 19 points in the loss.  The Shockers put up a fight and briefly took the lead in the second half, but fell to 25-and-7.  They'll seek an at-large bid into the Big Dance on Sunday. 


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