Kansas, Baylor move on in Big 12 Tourney
KANSAS CITY, MO. >> Perry Ellis scored 21 points, Frank Mason III added 16 and top-ranked Kansas ran roughshod over weary Kansas State, 85-63, on Thursday in the quarterfinals in the Big 12 Tournament.
The Jayhawks (28-4), who won their 12th consecutive regular-season crown, led 45-30 at halftime before pushing their advantage past 20 for much of the second half. They coasted the rest of their way to a semifinal matchup Friday night with No. 22 Baylor.
Carlton Bragg added a career-high 12 points for Kansas. Devonte Graham finished with 11.
The eighth-seeded Wildcats (17-16) were led by Justin Edwards, who hit five 3s and had 23 points. But the senior guard didn't get nearly as much help as he had in a first-round victory over Oklahoma State.
NO. 22 BAYLOR 75, NO. 23 TEXAS 61
Taurean Prince had 24 points and 13 rebounds, Rico Gathers added 13 points and Baylor's baffling zone defense shut down Texas in a victory in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals.
The fifth-seeded Bears (22-10) opened a 15-point lead in the first half, then used coach Scott Drew's trademark defense to keep the fourth-seeded Longhorns (20-12) from coming back.
Connor Lammert had 15 points, Kerwin Roach had 13 and Shaquille Cleare had 12 for the Longhorns, but the bigger story was who got shut down: All-Big 12 guard Isaiah Taylor scored just eight, all in the second half.
NO. 7 NORTH CAROLINA 88, PITTSBURGH 71
North Carolina got off to a fast start at the ACC Tournament as the regular-season champion routed Pittsburgh to take the first step toward its first conference title since 2008.
Four players scored in double figures as the Tar Heels (26-6) shot 58.9 percent from the floor and pulled away from Pittsburgh (20-11).
Joel Berry II led North Carolina with 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, and Brice Johnson added 19 on 8-of-11 shooting. The Tar Heels will face Notre Dame in the semifinals Friday.
Jamel Artis and Michael Young each scored 19 points for the Panthers, who still should be NCAA Tournament-bound despite the loss.
NOTRE DAME 84, NO. 19 DUKE 79
Looking exhausted down the stretch, Duke gave away a 16-point, second-half lead against Notre Dame and lost in overtime in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals.
V.J. Beachem scored 19 points, including a couple of key 3s late in the second half, for fourth-seeded Notre Dame (21-10), which also beat Duke a year ago en route to winning the league tourney and earlier this season at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Grayson Allen led defending national champion Duke (23-10) with 27 points, but there wasn't much help.
NO. 3 VILLANOVA 81, GEORGETOWN 67
NEW YORK (AP) — Josh Hart scored 25 points, Ryan Arcidiacono added 19 points and six assists, and Villanova pulled away from Georgetown in the second half to open its bid for consecutive Big East Tournament titles.
Kris Jenkins added 15 points for the top-seeded Wildcats (28-4), who made 13 of their 21 3-point attempts.
The eighth-seeded Hoyas (15-18), whose first-round game ended about 15 hours earlier, led 47-46 midway through the second half before Arcidiacono and Hart led Villanova on a game-breaking run.
The Wildcats had been 0-5 against Georgetown at the Big East Tournament.
L.J. Peak led the Hoyas with 19 points.
Villanova meets Butler or Providence in Friday's semifinals.
NO. 8 OREGON 83, WASHINGTON 77
Chris Boucher had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Oregon withstood a late flurry to hold off Washington in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals.
Top-seeded Oregon (26-6) built an 11-point lead midway through the second half, but Andrew Andrews brought the Huskies back with a quick scoring flurry. The senior guard scored 10 of his 19 points during the run, helping eighth-seeded Washington (18-14) pull within two late.
The Ducks held, though, hitting four free throws in the final 33 seconds to earn a spot in Friday night's semifinals against No. 15 Arizona or Colorado.
Marques Chriss scored 19 points for the Huskies.
ILLINOIS 68, NO. 20 IOWA 66
Jalen Coleman-Lands scored 17 points and Malcolm Hill broke a tie with a 16-foot jumper with 1:14 to go, helping Illinois fend off Iowa's frantic comeback for a stunning upset in the Big Ten Tournament.
The Fighting Illini (15-18) won for only the second time in six games — this one after allowing the Hawkeyes (21-10) to score 11 straight points in 98 seconds to tie the score at 66 with 1:40 to play.
Hill gave Illinois the lead with his mid-range jumper and the struggling Hawkeyes didn't score again. Illinois faces No. 13 Purdue in Friday's quarterfinals.
Iowa (21-10) was led by Peter Jok, who tied his career high with 29 points before fouling out. Jarrod Uhthoff scored 21 points as the Hawkeyes lost five of their last six.
Kendrick Nunn had 16 points for Illinois.
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