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No. 1 FLORIDA 84, No. 25 KENTUCKY 65

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Patric Young scored 18 points in his final home game and No. 1 Florida routed 25th-ranked Kentucky 84-65, becoming the first team in Southeastern Conference history to go 18-0 in league play.

Fellow seniors Casey Prather (15) and Scottie Wilbekin (13) also reached double figures for the Gators (29-2, 18-0), who have won 23 straight this season and 32 in a row at home.

Coach Billy Donovan called timeout with 36.9 seconds remaining to get his four seniors another standing ovation.

They certainly deserved this one.

Young, Prather, Wilbekin and fellow starter Will Yeguete have now won 113 games in four seasons, four shy of tying the school record held by Walter Hodge.

The latest one seemed a lock early but was in doubt for a while in the second half.

Julius Randle led the Wildcats (22-9, 12-6) with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

No. 2 WICHITA ST. 67, MISSOURI STATE 42

ST. LOUIS -- Cleanthony Early scored 20 points with three 3-pointers and a pair of dunks, and Wichita State improved to 33-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference semifinals.

Tekele Cotton also made three 3-pointers for the top-seeded Shockers (33-0), who matched the start by Larry Bird and Indiana State in 1979 before they lost to Michigan State and Magic Johnson in the NCAA title game. Wichita State will be heavily favored against Indiana State or Southern Illinois to make it 34 in a row, which would match the NCAA-record start by UNLV in 1990-91.

The Shockers, who last won the conference tourney in 1987, took control with a 17-0 run in the first half and topped it with 24 straight points in the second, scoring at will while Missouri State endured droughts totaling more than 15 minutes.

OREGON 64, No. 3 ARIZONA 57

EUGENE, Ore. -- Jason Calliste made the go-ahead jumper and free throw with 4:22 left and finished with 18 points as Oregon defeated No. 3 Arizona 64-57 for its seventh straight victory.

Johnathan Loyd added 16 points for the Ducks (22-8, 10-8 Pac-10) who greatly improved their chances of a bid in the NCAA tournament.

Aaron Gordon had 21 points for the Wildcats (28-3, 15-3), who had already clinched the Pac-12 regular-season title heading into next week's conference tournament in Las Vegas.

The Ducks won 13 straight to start the season and got ranked as high as No. 10, but then they lost five straight to tumble out of the poll and fall in the Pac-12 standings.

But Oregon's six-game winning streak put them back in the conversation for a possible NCAA tournament bid and gave them their fourth straight season with at least 20 victories.

WEST VIRGINIA 92, No. 8 KANSAS 86

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Eron Harris scored 28 points, Juwan Staten added 24 and West Virginia withstood 41 points by Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins.

The Mountaineers (17-14, 9-9 Big 12) led by as many as 25 points early in the second half before watching Kansas tear into the deficit behind Wiggins, who fouled out in the final seconds after setting a season high in scoring.

Devin Williams, WVU's star freshman, had a season-high 22 points along with 13 rebounds. It marked the first time this season that Kansas had allowed three opposing players to score 20 points.

Perry Ellis added 14 points for Kansas (23-8, 14-4), which clinched its 10th straight regular-season title a week ago and had little riding on the Big 12 regular-season finale.

No. 6 VILLANOVA 77, GEORGETOWN 59

PHILADELPHIA -- Darrun Hilliard scored 19 points to lead Villanova to a dominating victory, preserving the Wildcats' hopes of a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

JayVaughn Pinkston added 13 points, and James Bell and Ryan Arcidiacono had 11 apiece for the Wildcats (28-3, 16-2), who won their sixth straight game while tying the 2005-06 team for second-most wins in program history. Villanova's 16 Big East wins are the most in school history.

The 18-point win marked the largest margin of victory for Villanova in a Big East game between the teams.

Markel Starks scored 20 points for the Hoyas (17-13, 8-10), who are in jeopardy of failing to make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera added 14 points and Aaron Bowen had 13 for Georgetown.

No. 11 LOUISVILLE 81, No. 19 UCONN 48

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Montrezl Harrell scored 20 points, Russ Smith recorded a career-high 13 assists and No. 11 Louisville claimed a share of the American Athletic Conference championship.

Harrell added 11 rebounds and several thunderous dunks to help the Cardinals (26-5, 15-3) finish tied with No. 15 Cincinnati atop the upstart league. A coin flip gave Cincinnati the top seed in the AAC tournament and Louisville the second seed.

A day in which Smith and fellow seniors Luke Hancock, Tim Henderson and Stephan Van Treese were honored beforehand as the program's winningest class ended with all playing key roles in their 116th win together. Smith topped his previous assist high by two, Hancock added 16 points, Van Treese grabbed 13 rebounds and Henderson added an early basket.

Louisville's defense, meanwhile, frustrated the Huskies (24-7, 12-6) into season-worst 29.4 percent shooting in completing the sweep.

No. 15 CINCINNATI 70, RUTGERS 66

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Sean Kilpatrick scored 24 points and No. 15 Cincinnati clinched at least a share of the American Athletic Conference regular-season title.

Kilpatrick converted a three-point play and drove the lane for a layup in the final 68 seconds as the Bearcats (26-5, 15-3) rallied from a late deficit against the Scarlet Knights (11-20, 5-13).

Justin Jackson had given Cincinnati a 65-64 lead with 1:46 to play, scoring underneath after Kadeem Jack blocked his original shot in the paint.

Kilpatrick pushed the lead to four points with his back-door layup and free throw. The senior closed out the scoring with 17 seconds to play after Kerwin Okoro scored on a goaltending call against Jackson.

No. 16 IOWA STATE 85, OKLAHOMA STATE 81, OT

AMES, Iowa -- Naz Long forced overtime with a 30-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer, DeAndre Kane scored five of his 27 points in the closing seconds, and Iowa State overcame a 16-point deficit.

Kane hit a layup and a pair of free throws to put Iowa State ahead 82-79 with 11.7 seconds left.

Georges Niang had 22 points for Iowa State (23-7, 11-7 Big 12), which snapped a two-game losing streak and fell behind by as much as 45-29 before rallying.

Markel Brown missed two free throws with 3 seconds left for Oklahoma State (20-11, 8-10). Marcus Smart had 27 points to lead the Cowboys, but he and Cyclones star Melvin Ejim fouled out in regulation.

Brown finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds.

No. 20 MEMPHIS 67, No. 18 SMU 58

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Joe Jackson scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half to lead Memphis.

Jackson hit his first four shots after intermission as the Tigers (23-8, 12-6 American Athletic Conference) shot 59 percent in the second half while building the lead to as many as 14.

Austin Nichols finished with 14 points and nine rebounds for Memphis.

Nic Moore led the Mustangs (23-8, 12-6) with 16 points. Nick Russell and Markus Kennedy scored 13 each for SMU, which lost its second straight, the first time this season the Mustangs have lost consecutive games.

No. 23 OKLAHOMA 97, TCU 67

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Buddy Hield scored 24 points and 23rd-ranked Oklahoma clinched the No. 2 seed in the Big 12 tournament with a 97-67 victory at TCU, the league's first team in 10 years to go through the regular season without winning a conference game.

Isaiah Cousins and Cameron Clark had 18 points each for the Sooners (23-8, 12-6), who have won five of their last six games. Ryan Spangler added 10 points.

Injury-plagued TCU (9-21, 0-18) won nine of its last 10 games before beginning Big 12 play. The Horned Frogs lost their league opener 74-69 to West Virginia, but that ended up being one of only three conference games they lost by single digits -- and none were closer.

The last Big 12 team to go without a league win was Texas A&M during the 2003-04 season, when the Aggies were 0-16. That is the same mark Baylor had in 1998-99.

TCU plays seventh-seeded Baylor, which has won seven of its last eight games, in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament on Wednesday night in Kansas City. The winner of that game plays the next night against Oklahoma.

MAC

TOLEDO 77, EASTERN MICHIGAN 66

TOLEDO -- Justin Drummond scored 22 points and Toledo took down Eastern Michigan 77-66 to capture a share of the Mid-American Conference regular season title.

Toledo (26-5, 14-4) tied Western Michigan in the conference standings, but Western Michigan has a better division record and holds the top seed in the conference tournament.

Leading 35-32 at half, Toledo opened the second half on a 9-0 run. Eastern Michigan cut the lead to 56-53, but Drummond responded with nine straight points as the Rockets pulled away.

Rian Pearson had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Toledo while Julius Brown had 13 points and tied Drummond with seven assists. Jonathan Williams added 12 points. Napoleon graduate Jordan Lauf went scoreless for the Rockets, going 0-for-2 from the field.

Karrington Ward led Eastern Michigan (18-13, 10-8) with 20 points. Raven Lee added 14 and Mike Talley 12.

Toledo earned its school record 26th win of the year, and finished the season undefeated home for the first time since 1966-67.

BUFFALO 88, BOWLING GREEN 65

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Javon McCrea scored a career-high 34 points, hitting 13 of 18 from the field, as Buffalo routed Bowling Green 88-65 to clinch its first outright Mid-American Conference East Division title.

Buffalo (19-9, 13-5 Mid-American) went on an 18-3 run in the second half to extend a nine-point lead to 66-42 with less than 10 minutes to play. The Bulls led by double digits for the rest of the game.

Jarryn Skeete added 11 points and Joshua Freelove had 10 as Buffalo avenged a 74-68 loss on Feb. 2 to Bowling Green (12-19, 6-12). The Bulls have now won eight of their last 10.

Buffalo committed just five turnovers while forcing 16, which the Bulls converted into 25 points.

Cameron Black had 19 points for Bowling Green, which has now lost eight of its last 10.

OHIO 82, MIAMI (OH) 76, OT

OXFORD -- Maurice Ndour and Javarez Willis scored 15 points apiece as Ohio rallied for an 82-76 overtime win in the Battle of the Bricks against Miami (Ohio).

Nick Kellogg added 14 points and Antonio Campbell 13 for Ohio (21-10, 11-7 Mid-American Conference). The Bobcats tied the game in the waning seconds on an acrobatic layup from Ndour and nearly stunned Miami (12-17, 8-10) in regulation before pulling away during overtime.

Following Ndour's make, Kellogg stole the ensuing inbounds pass but stepped out of bounds with .2 seconds remaining as he corralled the ball and drained a 3-pointer.

Kellogg hit a 3 for a 71-70 overtime lead and Willis added another with 2:07 left for a 74-70 advantage. The Bobcats hit 6 of 8 free throws in the final 40 seconds to hold on.

Willie Moore led the RedHawks with 24 points. Quinten Rollins and Will Sullivan each had 12.

N. ILLINOIS 70, BALL ST. 56

DEKALB, Ill. -- Darrell Bowie scored 17 points and Northern Illinois had a 37-13 advantage in bench scoring to pull away from Ball State, 70-56.

Aaron Armstead led the charge off the bench with 11 points and his brother Aaric and J.J. Cravatta had nine each for the Huskies (14-16, 8-10 Mid-American Conference).

Frank House had 19 points and Majok Majok 12 for the Cardinals (5-24, 2-16), who have lost 12 of 13.

Northern Illinois led 28-27 at the half. Chris Bond made a basket for Ball State at 18:42 to tie the game at 41 but the Cardinals were limited to four free throws until Mark Alstork had a three-point play with 7 minutes left. By then the Huskies led 48-39.

Ball State ended up 2 of 11 from 3-point range and had 19 turnovers. Northern Illinois was 24 of 31 from the foul line.

OHIO COLLEGES

FRIDAY'S GAME

WRIGHT ST. 73, OAKLAND 57

ASHWAUBENON, Wis. -- Miles Dixon scored 20 points to lead No. 3 seed Wright State over sixth-seeded Oakland 73-57 in the quarterfinals of the Horizon League tournament on Friday night.

Wright State (19-13) has won five-straight games and will face Cleveland State (21-10) in the semifinals on Saturday.

Dixon was 6 of 10 from the field, including two 3-pointers, and made 6 of 7 free-throw attempts. Matt Vest chipped in 11 points. Dixon and Vest each dished out four assists for the Raiders.

Travis Bader scored 20 points on 5-of-13 shooting and Dante Williams added 13 points to lead Oakland (13-20). Bader, who came into the game ranked second all-time in the Horizon League with 144 3-pointers, was 3 of 8 from beyond the arc. Kahlil Felder added seven points and eight assists for the Golden Grizzlies.

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