Marshall Defeats Middle Tennessee
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Jon Elmore scored 23 points and Marshall swept two games from No. 24 Middle Tennessee with a 76-67 win on Saturday night.
The Thundering Herd (21-10, 12-6 Conference USA) was the only C-USA team to beat the Blue Raiders (24-6, 16-2) this season as they ended Middle’s 11-game winning streak.
Marshall redshirt freshman Jannson Williams came off the bench to record a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
The Blue Raiders won their first two games since earning the first national ranking in school history by double-digit margins, but trailed for much of the night against the Herd.
Middle led 57-56 with 8:28 left before Marshall rallied for the road win.
Marshall also beat Middle 73-63 on Jan. 18 right before the Blue Raiders started their winning streak.
C.J. Burks scored 20 points and Marshall’s bench outscored Middle 26-9.
Brandon Walters led the Blue Raiders with 20 points and Nick King added 18.
Middle struggled at the foul line, missing 13 of 26. King, a 73 percent foul shooter, missed his first three free throws and went 3 for 11.
No. 1 VIRGINIA 62 NOTRE DAME 57
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Devon Hall scored 17 points in his final game at John Paul Jones Arena and No. 1 Virginia outlasted Notre Dame.
Ty Jerome added 13 points for the Cavaliers (28-2, 17-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their fifth in a row.
No. 15 MICHIGAN 75
No. 2 MICHIGAN ST. 64
NEW YORK (AP) — Mo Wagner scored 14 of his 15 points after a dreadful first half and fifth-seeded Michigan moved within a game of its second straight Big Ten Tournament title.
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Zavier Simpson also had 15 for the Wolverines (27-7), who were also the last team to beat Michigan State (29-4), when they did it on Jan. 13.
No. 3 XAVIER 65
CHICAGO (AP) — Trevon Bluiett scored 22 points, and Xavier set a school record for regular-season wins while clinching the top seed in the Big East.
The Musketeers (27-4, 15-3) hung on for their 12th win in 13 games. That ended Villanova’s four-year run of first-place finishes.
No. 4 VILLANOVA 97 GEORGETOWN 73
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mikal Bridges scored 24 points and Jalen Brunson had 16 points and seven assists and Jay Wright moved into a tie atop Villanova’s career wins list with 413.
Wright improved to 413-165 since he took the job in 2001 and has led the Wildcats to the 2009 Final Four and 2016 national championship. He matched Al Severance, who went 413-201 from 1936-1961.
No. 5 DUKE 73
No. 9 UNC 64
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Marvin Bagley III had 18 of his 21 points in the second half along with 15 rebounds for Duke.
Grayson Allen added 15 points in his final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, and Gary Trent Jr. had 13 points — including three 3-pointers in the final 10 minutes — to help the Blue Devils (25-6, 13-5) clinch the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.
OKLAHOMA STATE 82 No. 6 KANSAS 64
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Kendall Smith scored a career-high 25 points and Mitchell Solomon had 16 points and seven rebounds for Oklahoma State.
Oklahoma State (18-13, 8-10 Big 12) swept the season series from Kansas, marking the first time that the Jayhawks have been swept in a home-and-home since 2003-04, a span of 103 series.
No. 8 PURDUE 78
PENN STATE 70
NEW YORK (AP) — Carsen Edwards scored 27 points and Purdue pulled away to reach the Big Ten Tournament championship game for the second time in three seasons.
No. 12 TEXAS TECH 79 TCU 75
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Keenan Evans scored 23 points and Texas Tech stopped a four-game losing streak.
Evans had his first double-digit scoring game since a toe injury that sidelined him at halftime of a loss to Baylor that started the skid when the Red Raiders (23-8, 11-7) were in sole possession of the Big 12 lead.
No. 14 AUBURN 79 SOUTH CAROLINA 70
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Bryce Brown scored 29 points, making eight 3-pointers, and Auburn claimed a share of the Southeastern Conference title.
The Tigers (25-6, 13-5) earned the top seed in next week’s SEC Tournament with their first regular-season title since 1999 and third overall.
No. 16 TENNESSEE 66 GEORGIA 61
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Admiral Schofield scored 23 points to lead Tennessee’s second-half comeback Saturday as the Volunteers won a share of the Southeastern Conference regular-season championship.
The Vols (23-7, 13-5) share the SEC regular-season title with Auburn.
Tennessee is getting a share of its first league crown since 2008 after being picked to finish 13th out of 14 teams by the league’s media before the season.
No. 18 CLEMSON 52
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Oshae Brissett and Tyus Battle each scored 17 points for Syracuse.
It was an opportunity for Syracuse (19-12, 8-10 Atlantic Coast Conference) to fill the biggest void on its resume — the lack of a marquee win — and the Orange capitalized. They were coming off a 15-point loss at Boston College, which put a big dent in their postseason hopes.
No. 19 ARIZONA 66 CALIFORNIA 54
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Deandre Ayton had 26 points and 20 rebounds, helping Arizona clinch the Pac-12 regular-season title outright.
No. 23 KENTUCKY 67
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jalen Hudson scored 22 points and Chris Chiozza broke the school’s all-time assist record as Florida ended Kentucky’s four-game winning streak.
The Gators (20-11, 11-7) won their third straight, swept Kentucky for the first time in four years and secured the No. 3 seed in next week’s Southeastern Conference Tournament.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led Kentucky (21-10, 10-8) with 17 points.